Song of the Day #3,559: ‘Hotter Than Hell’ – Dua Lipa

After years of resisting, I finally took the plunge and joined the music streaming revolution. Specifically, I signed up for the Amazon Music Unlimited Family plan, which for a little more than $12 per month gives my whole clan access to pretty much every song ever recorded.

I fought this move for so long because I clung to the idea of my own personal music library. If I own everything, do I really own anything? And if I stop paying Amazon one day, am I prepared to lose all of the music I’d virtually amassed? Do I want to be locked into a monthly payment forever?

All good questions, but questions I set aside for a moment when I decided to try a one-month streaming music trial run.

It took me barely a week to reach a verdict: I’m never turning back.

Consider that I bought 20 albums in 2017, spending about a hundred dollars more than I’ll spend this year for my Amazon Unlimited subscription. That’s $100 more to listen to just those 20 albums, a handful of which I wound up not liking all that much. And last year wasn’t an anomaly. I bought 18 in 2016, 22 in 2015. I’ve bought between 15-25 albums every year as far back as I can remember.

Now I have instant access to every album I would have bought anyway, plus — and here’s the really good part — just about every other album in the world. Now I can dip my toe into a new artist without any financial risk. In fact, the more I listen the more bang I’m getting for my buck.

This is especially helpful given that I write a Song of the Day blog and constantly need new music. I never could have found 31 numbered songs for last month’s series without my streaming account. And I might not have heard any of the new discoveries I’ll feature this week.

Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut is the first album I downloaded from Amazon and it’s easily one of my favorites of the year so far. The London-born Albanian singer-songwriter has serious pipes and a smart pop sensibility, producing songs both catchy and delightfully subversive. Her recent smash ‘New Rules’ was this record’s sixth single, which gives you an indication of how full of bangers this thing is.

Combine her great songs with her voice (that accent!) and drop-dead gorgeous looks (those lips!) and it’s hard to imagine Lipa not reaching superstar status.

Not a bad introduction to the streaming life.

[Verse 1]
He calls me the devil
I make him wanna sin
Every time I knock, he can’t help but let me in
Must be homesick for the real
I’m the realest it gets
You probably still adore me
With my hands around your neck

[Pre-Chorus]
Can you feel the warmth? Yeah
As my kiss goes down you like some sweet alcohol
Where i’m coming from, yeah
It’s the darker side of me that makes you feel so numb

[Chorus]
Cause we’re hot like hell
Does it burn when I’m not there?
When you’re by yourself
Am I the answer to your prayers
I’m giving you that pleasure heaven
And I’ll give it to you

Hotter than hell
Hotter than hell

[Verse 2]
You’re my manna from heaven
We all gotta get fed
Can let me know I’m wanted
Can let me in your head
I’m not here to make you kneel
But it’s praise that I’ll get
You ain’t gonna walk free boy
Not finished with you yet, no

[Pre-Chorus]
Can you feel the warmth? Yeah
As my kiss goes down you like some sweet alcohol
Where i’m coming from, yeah
It’s the darker side of me that makes you feel so numb

[Chorus]
Cause we’re hot like hell
Does it burn when I’m not there?
When you’re by yourself
Am I the answer to your prayers
I’m giving you the pleasure of heaven
And I’ll give it to you

Hotter than hell
Hotter than hell

[Bridge]
When we go down right there
You make me feel right there
When you lay me down right there
We just make it right there
Cause you’re looking so right there
Baby you should touch me right there
If you can take me right there
We can make it

[Chorus]
Hot like hell
Does it burn when I’m not there?
When you’re by yourself
Am I the answer to your prayers
I’m giving you that pleasure heaven
And I’ll give it to you

Hotter than hell
Hotter than hell
Hotter than hell
Hotter than hell
And I’ll give it to you
Hotter than hell

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,559: ‘Hotter Than Hell’ – Dua Lipa

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    It really is hard to adapt to new technology, but, almost without exception, it is an improvement. With digital and streaming music, the knock has been the compromise to sound quality which has been a function of file size and compression. As our devices become more capable of greater storage capacity and, perhaps more significantly, cloud based and streaming services, personal storage capacity largely is rendered irrelevant, I suspect companies like Apple will have to join Amazon (if they haven’t done so already) in offering better quality recordings that exceed any other format.

    As for Dua Lipa, I agree that she is a refreshing talent. Not as crazy about today’s song (especially the rather ubiquitous chorus),as I am about “New Rules.”

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Great way to hear all the music that’s out there. How is the 12/month different from the 4/dollars monthly that we pay for unlimited music through Alexa?

    • Clay says:

      $4 gets you access to the same library of music but only on that one Alexa device. The $12 gives it to several family members across multiple devices.

  3. willedare says:

    It IS a very appealing way to access music — both beloved and new. Do artists make less money from streamed songs than from songs streamed outright? Also (granted this is an extreme concern) what do we do if/when someone hacks and shuts down Amazon — much less electrical grid itself. Probably we will have bigger concerns than being able to stream our favorite music if/when that happens. Finally, streaming services are another way that we choose to give away information about ourselves and our choices and our preferences to a large corporation, which (as we have seen in recent months) can choose to use/sell this info in ways that we might not end up being very happy about… All that being written, thank you for introducing me to another new artist and fun pop song.

  4. Amy says:

    From the first moment I heard Dua Lipa (on your blog a month or so ago during your video series), I immediately wanted to hear more. That doesn’t happen to me very often. I LOVE her sound.

    As for streaming, I miss most the ability to gift music to my children, and, now, my brother and his family. ;). For me, the fact that I now have to walk past the CD section when contemplating the perfect gift is just a small sadness (as I learned about new music when investigating what might appeal to them…). Still, there’s no denying what a simple pleasure it was to instantly download and listen to Dua Lipa’s album the moment I heard her on your blog.

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