dua lipa

dua lipa

Dua Lipa (/ˈdə ˈlpə/; Albanian pronunciation: [dua liːpa]; born 22 August 1995) is an English singer, songwriter and model.[4][5] Her musical career began at age 14, when she began covering songs by artists such as Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado on YouTube. In 2015, she was signed with Warner Bros. Records, and released her first single soon after. In December 2016, a documentary about Lipa was commissioned by The Fader magazine, titled See in Blue.[6] In January 2017, she won the EBBA Public Choice Award.[7] Her self-titled debut studio album is scheduled to be released on 2 June 2017.

Early life[edit]

Lipa was born in London on 22 August 1995 to ethnic Albanian Muslim parents from Kosovo who had left Pristina in the 1990s.[4][5] She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School, part-time,[8] moving to Kosovo with her family in 2008.[2] Lipa grew up listening to her father, the Kosovar Albanian rock singer Dukagjin Lipa.[2][9] At the age of 14, she began posting covers of her favourite songs by artists such as Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado on YouTube.[10][11] At the age of 16, she moved back to London with aspirations of becoming a singer.[12] Shortly after, she began working as a model.[10]


2015–present: Dua Lipa and See in Blue[edit]

In 2015, Lipa began working on her debut album for Warner Bros. Records.[10] In August 2015, she released her first single "New Love",[13] produced by Emile Haynie and Andrew Wyatt.[10] She released her second single "Be the One", written by Lucy "Pawws" Taylor,[5] in October 2015.[14] Lipa has said that "Be the One is the only song on my album I haven't written ... [but] I couldn't not take it, it's my favourite thing."[11] "Be the One" achieved success across Europe, reaching number one in Belgium,[15] Poland and Slovakia, as well as charting within the top 10 in over 11 European territories. In Australia and New Zealand, the song became an airplay success, reaching numbers 6 and 20 respectively.[16] Lipa describes her musical style as "dark pop".[14] On 30 November 2015, she was revealed as one of the acts on the BBC Sound of...2016 long list.[11] Her first tour in the UK and Europe began in January 2016.[2] In November 2016, Lipa concluded her tour through Europe.[17]

On 18 February 2016, Lipa released her third single "Last Dance", followed by "Hotter than Hell" on 6 May. "Hotter than Hell" became a hit worldwide, especially in the UK, where it peaked at number 15.[18] On 26 August, her fifth overall single "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" was released. It became the singer's first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, debuting at number 72.[19] "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" also topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart[20] and reached number 23 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart.[21] Elsewhere, the song enjoyed moderate success, reaching the top 20 in Belgium,[15] Hungary, New Zealand and Scotland. In the UK, the single peaked at number 30, making it the singer's second highest-charting single in British territory.[18] In November 2016, Sean Paul released the single "No Lie" featuring Lipa.[22] In December 2016, a documentary about Lipa was commissioned by The Fader magazine, called See in Blue.[6] In January 2017, Martin Garrix released the single "Scared to Be Lonely" with Lipa.[23]

Her self-titled debut studio album is set to be released on 2 June 2017.[24]


Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
As lead artist
"New Love" 2015 Nicole Nodland [13]
"Be the One" (2015 version) [14]
"Last Dance" 2016 Jon Brewer and Ian Blair [25]
"Hotter than Hell" Emil Nava [26]
"Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" Kinga Burza [27]
"Room for 2" Vicky Lawton [28]
"Be the One" (2016 version) Daniel Kaufman [29]
"Scared to Be Lonely"
(with Martin Garrix)
2017 Blake Claridge [23]
"Thinking 'Bout You" Jake Jelicich [30]
As featured artist
"No Lie"
(Sean Paul featuring Dua Lipa)
2016 Tim Nackashi [22]



Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Nominated work Result
2016 BBC Sound of...2016[11] Herself Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Push Act Nominated
2017 Eurosonic Noorderslag European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) Won
Public Choice Award Won
Best Newcomer of the Year Award Won
Brit Award Critic's Choice Nominated
NME Awards Best British Female Artist Nominated
Best New Artist Won
SCTV Music Awards 2017 Young and Promising International Artist Won


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  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Davidson, Amy (11 December 2015). "Meet your new favourite popstar Dua Lipa – just don't call her the new Lana Del Rey". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  3. Jump up^ Green, Chris (27 January 2016). "Dua Lipa, O2 ABC, Glasgow, review: Jazz-infused songs recall a smoke-filled cabaret bar". The Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b Savage, Mark (9 February 2016). "Dua Lipa: A pop star in waiting". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b c Lester, Paul (1 January 2016). "Shake it up: the future female pop stars of 2016". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b The Fader (20 December 2016). "Dua Lipa - See in Blue (Documentary)". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
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  8. Jump up^ "The Realest It Gets: Dua Lipa".
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  11. ^ Jump up to:a b c d "'I want to work with A$AP Rocky' – Dua Lipa talks dark pop and hip hop influences". BBC Radio 1. 10 December 2015.
  12. Jump up^ Gore, Sydney (23 October 2015). "Band Crush: Dua Lipa". Nylon.
  13. ^ Jump up to:a b "Lana Del Rey's management have a new artist and she is amazing". Popjustice. 21 August 2015.
  14. ^ Jump up to:a b c Lester, Paul (9 November 2015). "The playlist: new bands – with the Prettiots, Dua Lipa and Mind Enterprises". The Guardian.
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  21. Jump up^ "Dua Lipa - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  22. ^ Jump up to:a b "Watch Sean Paul Get Reflective With Dua Lipa in 'No Lie' Video: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  23. ^ Jump up to:a b "Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa Drop New 'Scared to Be Lonely' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  24. Jump up^ Sonis, Rachel (24 August 2016). "Dua Lipa Reveals Cover Art For Self-Titled Album". Idolator. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  25. Jump up^ Hunt, El (18 February 2016). "Dua Lipa shares video for 'Last Dance'". DIY. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  26. Jump up^ Spanos, Brittany (6 May 2016). "Watch Dua Lipa's Steamy 'Hotter Than Hell' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  27. Jump up^ Renshaw, David (12 September 2016). "Dua Lipa Shares "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" Video". The Fader. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  28. Jump up^ "PREMIERE: Dua Lipa's video for Room For 2". Hunger TV. 3 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  29. Jump up^ "Dua Lipa – Be The One (Version 2) (2016)". IMVDb. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  30. Jump up^ Grant, Sarah (22 February 2017). "Watch Dua Lipa's Intimate New Video for Ballad 'Thinking 'Bout You'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 February 2017.