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Dua Lipa
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Lipa performing at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles during The Self-Titled Tour, February 2018
Background information
Born (1995-08-22) 22 August 1995 (age 23)
London, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2015–present

Dua Lipa (/ˈdə ˈlpə/; Albanian: [ˈdua ˈlipa]; born 22 August 1995) is an English singer, songwriter, and model.[5][6] Her musical career began at age 14, when she began covering songs by other artists on YouTube. In 2015, she signed with Warner Music Group and released her first single soon after.

In January 2017, Lipa won the EBBA Public Choice Award.[7] Her self-titled debut studio album was released on 2 June 2017. The album spawned seven singles, including two UK top-10 singles "Be the One" and "IDGAF" and the UK number-one single "New Rules", which also reached number six in the United States. In February 2018, Lipa won two Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. In April, the single "One Kiss" by Lipa and Calvin Harris reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.

Early life

Lipa was born on 22 August 1995 in London, to Albanian parents from Kosovo who had left Pristina in the 1990s.[5][6] She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School part-time[8] before moving to Kosovo with her family in 2008;[4] there she attended the private school Mileniumi i Tretë in Pristina.[9] Lipa grew up listening to her father, singer Dukagjin Lipa.[4][10] Her first name means "love" in Albanian; its atypical nature was cause for distaste in her youth, but she grew to "enjoy" it, as it eventually eliminated the need for a stage name.[11]

At the age of 14, she began posting covers of her favourite songs by artists such as Pink and Nelly Furtado on YouTube.[12][13] At the age of 15, she moved back to London with aspirations of becoming a singer.[14] Lipa lived with a family friend and studied at Parliament Hill School, returning to the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays.[15] At the age of 16, she began working as a model.[12] In 2013, at the age of 18, she starred in a television advertisement for The X Factor.[16]


2015–2017: Breakthrough and Dua Lipa

Lipa in 2016

In 2015, Lipa began working on her debut album for Warner Music Group.[12] In August 2015, she released her first single "New Love",[17] produced by Emile Haynie and Andrew Wyatt.[12] She released her second single "Be the One", in October 2015.[6][18] "Be the One" achieved success across Europe, reaching number one in Belgium,[19] 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.[20] Lipa describes her musical style as "dark pop".[18] On 30 November 2015, she was revealed as one of the acts on the BBC Sound of...2016 long list.[13] Her first tour in the UK and Europe began in January 2016.[4] In November 2016, Lipa concluded her tour through Europe.[21]

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.[22] On 26 August, her fifth overall single "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" was released, peaking at number 30 in the UK.[22] It became the singer's first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, debuting at number 72.[23] "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" also topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart[24] and reached number 23 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart.[25]

Lipa at the Belasco Theater, Los Angeles in 2017

In November 2016, Sean Paul released the single "No Lie" featuring Lipa.[26] The song reached number 10 in the UK.[27] In December 2016, a documentary about Lipa was commissioned by The Fader magazine, called See in Blue.[28] In January 2017, Lipa released the single "Scared to Be Lonely" with Martin Garrix, reaching number 14 in the UK.[29]

Her self-titled debut studio album was released on 2 June 2017.[30] Its sixth single "New Rules", released in the following month, became Lipa's first number one in the UK,[22] and the first by a female solo artist to reach the top in the UK since "Hello" by Adele in 2015.[31] Her best-selling single to date, the song also charted in the top ten in other territories, including number 2 in Australia, number 6 in the US and number 7 in Canada.[32] Lipa performed at the Glastonbury Festival in June, attracting one of the biggest audiences at that year's event.[33] She performed on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland in October.[34] In December, Lipa was named the most streamed woman of 2017 in the UK by Spotify.[35] She had four singles reach the UK top 10 in 2017, with "Be the One", "Bridge over Troubled Water" (a charity single arranged by Simon Cowell for the families of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London), "New Rules" and "No Lie".[36][37]

2018–present: Second studio album

Lipa at the Hollywood Palladium in February 2018

In January 2018, Lipa received nominations in five categories at the Brit Awards – more nominations than any other artist that year. She was nominated for British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, MasterCard British Album of the Year (Dua Lipa), British Single of The Year ("New Rules") and British Video of The Year ("New Rules"). This was the first time that a female artist had received five nominations.[38] She performed at the awards ceremony held on 21 February at the O2 Arena in London and won the awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.[39]

Lipa announced via social media that she had begun working on new material for her second album.[40] She is working with MNEK, who previously co-wrote her single "IDGAF".[41] The singer also collaborated with electronic music producer Whethan on a song called "High" for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack released in February 2018.[42]

On 6 April 2018, Lipa and Calvin Harris released the single "One Kiss"[43] which topped the UK Singles Chart on 20 April, making it Lipa’s second UK number one;[44] Lipa provided the vocals and is also credited as a writer.[45] She performed in the opening ceremony of the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev on 26 May.[46]

In May 2018, she said that her second album, likely released in 2019, would be heavily influenced by acts such as Prince and OutKast.[47] It was also reported that she plans to have collaborations with other artists coming out later in 2018, such as one with Mark Ronson and Diplo's newly-formed superduo Silk City.[48] Ronson later confirmed the song's title would be "Electricity".[49]


In 2016, Lipa created the Sunny Hill Foundation with her father to donate to the citizens of Kosovo, where her parents are originally from.[50]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Familja Moderne Robert's friend Minor role[51]
2017 Sounds Like Friday Night Herself (co-host) Series 1, episode 6
2018 Saturday Night Live Musical guest Episode: "Natalie Portman/Dua Lipa"



  • 2016 UK Tour (2016)
  • Hotter than Hell Tour (2016)
  • US and Europe Tour (2017)
  • The Self-Titled Tour (2017–2018)
Opening act

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ Yeung, Neil Z. "Dua Lipa | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Pop Corner: Dua Lipa saves the Last Dance; Adele is done with James Bond". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  3. ^ 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. ^ a b c d Davidson, Amy b (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.
  5. ^ a b Savage, Mark (9 February 2016). "Dua Lipa: A pop star in waiting". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Lester, Paul (1 January 2016). "Shake it up: the future female pop stars of 2016". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  7. ^ Legrand, Emmanuel (12 January 2017). "Dua Lipa scoops Public Choice Award at the EBBAs". Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  8. ^ "The Realest It Gets: Dua Lipa".
  9. ^ "Në cilën shkollë shkoi Dua Lipa në Prishtinë (Foto)". Telegrafi. 17 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Njihuni me Dua Lipa, shqiptarja që premton të bëhet ylli i ardhshëm në muzikë" [Meet Dua Lipa, the Albanian who is set to become the next star in music]. (in Albanian). 23 December 2015. Archived from the original on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  11. ^ Dua Lipa (4 October 2017). "Patrizia meets Dua" (Interview) (in English and Italian). Interviewed by Patrizia Pepe. Retrieved 15 December 2017 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ a b c d Weber, Lindsey (9 December 2015). "Meet Dua Lipa, A Restless Spirit with a Mighty Big Voice". The Fader.
  13. ^ a b "'I want to work with A$AP Rocky' – Dua Lipa talks dark pop and hip hop influences". BBC Radio 1. 10 December 2015.
  14. ^ Gore, Sydney (23 October 2015). "Band Crush: Dua Lipa". Nylon.
  15. ^ Godwin, Richard (1 November 2017). "Dua Lipa: meet pop's hottest property". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  16. ^ Murphy, Lauren (30 August 2017). "Watch: Turns out Dua Lipa appeared on an ad for The X Factor back in 2013". Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Lana Del Rey's management have a new artist and she is amazing". Popjustice. 21 August 2015.
  18. ^ a b Lester, Paul (9 November 2015). "The playlist: new bands – with the Prettiots, Dua Lipa and Mind Enterprises". The Guardian.
  19. ^ "Discografie Dua Lipa" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  20. ^ Peaks in Australia:
  21. ^ "Dua Lipa Tickets". Livenation. 13 May 2016.
  22. ^ a b c "Dua Lipa". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  23. ^ "Dua Lipa – Chart history: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  24. ^ "Dua Lipa – Chart history | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Dua Lipa – Chart history | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Watch Sean Paul Get Reflective With Dua Lipa in 'No Lie' Video: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  27. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  28. ^ The Fader (20 December 2016). "Dua Lipa – See in Blue (Documentary)". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  29. ^ "Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa Drop New 'Scared to Be Lonely' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  30. ^ Sonis, Rachel (24 August 2016). "Dua Lipa Reveals Cover Art For Self-Titled Album". Idolator. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  31. ^ Copsey, Rob (18 August 2017). "Dua Lipa's New Rules becomes the first solo female UK Number 1 single since Adele's Hello: 'This means a lot'". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  32. ^ Trust, Gary (8 January 2018). "Ed Sheeran & Beyonce's 'Perfect' No. 1 on Hot 100, Camila Cabello's 'Havana' Back Up to No. 2". Billboard. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  33. ^ Daly, Rhian (23 June 2017). "Dua Lipa pulls one of the biggest crowds at Glastonbury 2017 so far with hit-packed set". NME. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  34. ^ "Later... series 51 episode 60" at BBC Programmes
  35. ^ Laura Snapes (5 December 2017). "How Dua Lipa became the most streamed woman of 2017". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  36. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  37. ^, Rebecca Lewis for (20 June 2017). "Simon Cowell's Grenfell Tower charity single available from 8am on June 21". Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  38. ^ "Dua Lipa has made BRIT awards history". NME. Retrieved 1 March 2018
  39. ^ "Brit Awards 2018: The winners and nominees". BBC. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  40. ^ "Dua Lipa Is Starting Work On Her Second Album". MTV. Retrieved 1 March 2018
  41. ^ "Dua Lipa Is Working with MNEK on Her Brand New Album". MTV. Retrieved 1 March 2018
  42. ^ "EDM's Upcoming 18-Year-Old Star Reveals New Collab with Dua Lipa". Your EDM. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  43. ^ "iTunes - Music - One Kiss - Single by Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa". iTunes Store.
  44. ^ "Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa depose Drake in UK chart". BBC. 13 May 2018.
  45. ^ "Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss". discogs. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  46. ^ "Dua Lipa to Perform at UEFA Champions League Opening Ceremony: 'There'll Be a Whole Lot of Girl Power'". Billboard. 13 May 2018.
  47. ^ "Dua Lipa shares news about her second album".
  48. ^ "Diplo and Mark Ronson Debut Silk City, Confirm Dua Lipa Collab Is Coming - HipHop Magz". 23 May 2018.
  49. ^ "Dua Lipa's new single co-written by Florence Welch and The xx". Official Charts Company. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  50. ^ DeSantis, Marissa. "21-Year-Old Dua Lipa Is About to Blow Your Mind". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  51. ^ "Dua Lipa on Familja Moderne" (in Albanian). Retrieved 20 June 2018.

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