Trent Reznor Shares Which Dua Lipa Song Made Him Cry

His sugaboo, he's levitating

BY Kaelen BellPublished Jun 19, 2023

Last week, Trent Reznor was the guest on Rick Rubin's Tetragrammaton podcast — the same podcast appearance in which he said he's no longer interested in being a touring musician — and he admitted to Rubin that a Dua Lipa song had recently made him cry. 

"I heard my daughter, who's six, singing Dua Lipa the other day. She's so into it, and it was so cool. Like, this is her music, you know? This is her thing…" He told Rubin. "It really reminded me that the art of writing a well-crafted song. I teared up listening to a Dua Lipa track the other day because it was just a really well-done piece of music, you know? It was clever. It felt good. It's difficult!"

In a bit of journalistic failure on Rubin's part, Reznor wasn't asked which Dua Lipa song had made him tear up, but he's answered the question himself on Instagram. 

Stereogum posted the story to their Instagram account, leading user jo5ack to comment, "I need to know which Dua Lipa song made Trent fucking Reznor tear up." Reznor saw the comment, jumped in and gave him the answer: "it was Levitating. Her execution was spot on and when she got to the 'sugarboo' line it broke me."

Dua Lipa doesn't exactly do heartrending ballads, so the answer was probably always gonna be unexpected, but still — never underestimate the power of a well-crafted pop song!

Grab a tissue and listen to "Levitating" below.

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