BBC reports that Future Nostalgia, definitely one of 2020's most highly-anticipated pop albums, was leaked in full over the weekend. Speaking from her home in London on Instagram Live, the singer announced that the album, which was initially scheduled for release on April 3, will now be available this Friday, March 27. NME reports that Dua also confirmed that her next single from the album, called "Break My Heart," which was due for release this Friday, will now be dropped along with the music video this Wednesday, March 25.
The star frequently wiped away tears and apologized for getting emotional, and also suggested that the global chaos caused by the Coronavirus pandemic played a part in the decision to drop the Future Nostalgia early. "What I wanted to talk about is my album and every time I talk about my album, I get quite emotional and I feel like I have been welling up a little bit, just a lot over the past couple of weeks just because of the uncertainty over everything," Dua stated. "I have been conflicted about putting music out whether it is the right thing to do because people are suffering."
Despite the looming anxiety about the virus, Dua said, “I hope [the album] brings you some happiness and I hope it makes you smile, and I hope it makes you dance. I hope I make you proud." She also revealed that her upcoming UK and European arena tour has been postponed, expectedly. “New UK and Europe tour dates announced tomorrow 10AM GMT + rest of world dates coming ASAP,” she added.
She talked about more lighthearted topics in the 45-minute video session, like her pets and places she hopes to perform, but used her platform mainly to urge people to take the virus seriously and "to be careful and cautious." Even though it was a hard decision for Dua to cancel her tour, at least fans will have Future Nostalgia to dance to at home this week!