Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

Born22 August 1995 (age 24)
WestminsterLondon, England
Years active2015–present
AwardsFull list
Musical career
GenresDance-pop[1]pop[2][3]synth-popR&B[4]dream pop[5]

Dua Lipa (/ˈduːə ˈliːpə/; born 22 August 1995) is an English singer, songwriter and model. After working as a model, she signed with Warner Music Group in 2015 and soon released her first song, “New Love”.

Her eponymous debut album was released in 2017, and contained seven singles, including two UK top-ten singles “Be the One” and “IDGAF” and the UK number-one single “New Rules“, which also reached number six in the United States. The single “One Kiss” with Calvin Harris reached number one in the UK, and became the longest running number one for a female artist in 2018. The success of the singles helped her self-titled album to become the most streamed female album ever on Spotify, and to achieve platinum in several countries, including the UK and the US. In late 2019, she released the lead single “Don’t Start Now” from her upcoming second album, which is planned to be released in 2020. Lipa has been the recipient of three Brit Awards and two Grammy Awards.


Early life

Dua Lipa was born in WestminsterLondon to Kosovo Albanian parents. Her father Dukagjin Lipa is a marketing manager who is also lead vocalist in a Kosovan rock band, Oda. Her mother Anesa Lipa (née Rexha) works in tourism. Her parents are originally from Kosovo but left Pristina in 1992.[6][7] Her father Dukagjin is the son of historian Seit Lipa who was the head of the Kosovo Institute of History from 1990 to 1995. Lipa has two younger siblings.[8] She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School part-time[9] before moving to Kosovo with her family in 2006 when her father had been offered a job.[5] There she attended the Mileniumi i Tretë school in Pristina.[10] Her first name means “love” in Albanian. Lipa explained “Now I’m proud of it. Now I am. But when I was growing up, all I wanted was to be called Hannah, Sarah, Ella… anything normal. Because with Dua you had to explain: I’m from Kosovo.”[11]

At the age of 14, Lipa 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 friend and studied at Parliament Hill School, returning to the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays.[15] She began working as a model for the online catalogue ASOS Marketplace when she was 16. She also worked as a hostess. In 2013, she starred in a television advertisement for The X Factor.[16]


2015–2017: Breakthrough and Dua Lipa

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.[7][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.[5] In November 2016, Lipa concluded her tour through Europe.[21]

Lipa in 2016

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 was featured on Sean Paul‘s single “No Lie“, released in November 2016.[26] The song reached number 10 in the UK.[27] The following month, a documentary about Lipa was commissioned by The Fader magazine, called See in Blue.[28] In January 2017, Lipa won the EBBA Public Choice Award,[29] and released the single “Scared to Be Lonely“, a collaboration with Martin Garrix, reaching number 14 in the UK.[30] She performed at the Indonesian TV channel’s birthday SCTV and was awarded as Young and Promising International Artist at the SCTV Music Awards in May 2017.

Lipa’s self-titled debut studio album was released on 2 June 2017.[31] 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.[32] Her best-selling single to date, the song also charted in the top 10 in other territories, including number two in Australia, number six in the US and number seven in Canada.[33] Lipa performed at the Glastonbury Festival in June.[34] In August, Lipa performed at the We the Fest, an Indonesian music festival in Jakarta.[35] She performed on the BBC‘s Later… with Jools Holland in October.[36] In December, Lipa was named the most streamed woman of 2017 in the UK by Spotify.[37] She had four singles reach the UK top 10 in 2017, with “Be the One“, “Bridge over Troubled Water” (a charity single for the families of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire), “New Rules” and “No Lie”.[38][39]

2018–present: Upcoming second studio album

Lipa at the 2019 Brit Awards

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 ArtistBritish Breakthrough Act, MasterCard British Album of the Year for Dua Lipa, British Single of The Year and British Video of The Year for “New Rules“. This was the first time that a female artist had received five nominations.[40][41] 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.[42]

Lipa announced via social media that she had begun working on new material for her second album.[43] She is working with MNEK, who previously co-wrote her single “IDGAF“.[44] The singer also collaborated with electronic music producer Whethan on a song called “High” for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack released in February 2018.[45] On 6 April 2018, Lipa and Calvin Harris released the single “One Kiss[46] which topped the UK Singles Chart on 20 April, making it Lipa’s second UK number one;[47] Lipa provided the vocals and is also credited as a writer.[48] She performed in the opening ceremony of the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev on 26 May.[49]

In May 2018, she said that her second album, likely released in 2019, would be heavily influenced by acts such as disco kingpin Nile Rodgers who also took active part in studio recordings,[50] the late Prince and OutKast.[51] 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.[52] Ronson later confirmed the song’s title would be “Electricity“.[53] The song was released on 9 September. Lipa was also featured in “If Only”, a song from Italian singer Andrea Bocelli sixteenth studio album .[54] Lipa performed at F1 Singapore Grand Prix in September.[55] In the same month, Lipa was chosen as the face of British car brand Jaguar‘s new electric car, I-PACE. The brand made a special remix of Lipa’s new released song “Want To”, and fans around the world can create their own version of Dua Lipa x Jaguar’s song on the Join The Pace website based on their own driving behaviour or the music they listen to, and share it on social media. Shortly after announcing the collaboration, Jaguar and Lipa set the world record for the “most remixed song ever”.[56]

Lipa released the super deluxe edition of Dua Lipa, titled Complete Edition, with three new songs and featured with her previous collaborations with various artists in 19 October.[57] This included a collaboration with Blackpink called “Kiss and Make Up“.[58]

Lipa partnered with Yves Saint Laurent as the face for their Fragrance called Libre in August 2019.[59] She released the lead single “Don’t Start Now” from her upcoming second studio album on 31 October 2019.[60]


Dua Lipa’s music is primarily pop.[61] Her music has also been described as dark pop,[62] dance-pop,[1] synth-popR&B,[63] dream pop[5] and alternative pop.[64]

Personal life

In 2016, Lipa and her father set up the Sunny Hill Foundation in Pristina to donate to the citizens of Kosovo, her parents’ home country.[65] In August 2018, Lipa hosted her own festival to raise money for the Sunny Hill Foundation, called the SunnyHill Festival where she also performed. The Mayor of Pristina, Shpend Ahmeti then awarded Lipa the Key to Pristina the first time such an honour had ever been granted.[66] She hosted the festival for the second year in a row in 2019, with Miley Cyrus as one of the performers.[67]


2004Familja ModerneRobert’s friendMinor role[68]
2017Sounds Like Friday NightHerself (co-host)Series 1, episode 6
2018Saturday Night LiveMusical guestEpisode: “Natalie Portman/Dua Lipa”
The Voice of GermanyHerself / AdvisorSeason 8Mark Forster‘s team


Main article: Dua Lipa discography



Opening act

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Dua Lipa


  1. Jump up to:a b Gonzalez, Sandra (11 February 2019). “Grammys 2019: Kacey Musgraves has a golden night with album of the year win”CNN. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  2. ^ Yeung, Neil Z. “Dua Lipa | Biography & History”AllMusic. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  3. ^ “Pop Corner: Dua Lipa saves the Last Dance; Adele is done with James Bond”The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. Jump up to: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.
  6. ^ Savage, Mark (9 February 2016). “Dua Lipa: A pop star in waiting”BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  7. Jump up to:a b Lester, Paul (1 January 2016). “Shake it up: the future female pop stars of 2016”The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  8. ^ Laviola, Erin (25 July 2018). “Rina Lipa, Dua Lipa’s Sister: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know”Heavy. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  9. ^ “The Realest It Gets: Dua Lipa”Clash.
  10. ^ “Në cilën shkollë shkoi Dua Lipa në Prishtinë (Foto)”Telegrafi (in Albanian). 17 March 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. Jump up to:a b c Weber, Lindsey (9 December 2015). “Meet Dua Lipa, A Restless Spirit with a Mighty Big Voice”The Fader.
  13. Jump up to: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”entertainment.ie. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  17. ^ “Lana Del Rey’s management have a new artist and she is amazing”Popjustice. 21 August 2015.
  18. Jump up to: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. Jump up to:a b c “Dua Lipa”Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  23. ^ “Dua Lipa – Chart history: Hot 100”Billboard. Retrieved 26 October2016.
  24. ^ “Dua Lipa – Chart history | Billboard”Billboard. Retrieved 5 January2017.
  25. ^ “Dua Lipa – Chart history | Billboard”Billboard. Retrieved 5 January2017.
  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. ^ Legrand, Emmanuel (12 January 2017). “Dua Lipa scoops Public Choice Award at the EBBAs”. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  30. ^ “Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa Drop New ‘Scared to Be Lonely’ Video: Watch”Billboard. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  31. ^ Sonis, Rachel (24 August 2016). “Dua Lipa Reveals Cover Art For Self-Titled Album”Idolator. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  32. ^ 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.
  33. ^ 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.
  34. ^ 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.
  35. ^ HITS, Kumparan (13 August 2017). “Persembahan Dua Lipa untuk Para Korban Patah Hati di We The Fest 2017”Kumparan. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  36. ^ Later… series 51 episode 60″ at BBC Programmes
  37. ^ Laura Snapes (5 December 2017). “How Dua Lipa became the most streamed woman of 2017”The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December2017.
  38. ^ “Official Singles Chart Top 100”. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  39. ^ Metro.co.uk, Rebecca Lewis for (20 June 2017). “Simon Cowell’s Grenfell Tower charity single available from 8am on June 21”. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  40. ^ “Dua Lipa has made BRIT awards history”NME. Retrieved 1 March 2018
  41. ^ Savage, Mark (13 January 2018). “Dua Lipa makes Brit Awards history”BBCArchived from the original on 9 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  42. ^ “Brit Awards 2018: The winners and nominees”BBC. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  43. ^ “Dua Lipa Is Starting Work On Her Second Album”. MTV. Retrieved 1 March 2018
  44. ^ “Dua Lipa Is Working with MNEK on Her Brand New Album”. MTV. Retrieved 1 March 2018
  45. ^ “EDM’s Upcoming 18-Year-Old Star Reveals New Collab with Dua Lipa”Your EDM. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  46. ^ “iTunes – Music – One Kiss – Single by Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa”iTunes Store.
  47. ^ “Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa depose Drake in UK chart”. BBC. 13 May 2018.
  48. ^ “Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss”. discogs. Retrieved 14 May2018.
  49. ^ “Dua Lipa to Perform at UEFA Champions League Opening Ceremony: ‘There’ll Be a Whole Lot of Girl Power'”Billboard. 13 May 2018.
  50. ^ “Dua Lipa Is Working With Nile Rodgers”Clash Magazine. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  51. ^ “Dua Lipa shares news about her second album”.
  52. ^ “Diplo and Mark Ronson Debut Silk City, Confirm Dua Lipa Collab Is Coming – HipHop Magz”. 23 May 2018.
  53. ^ “Dua Lipa’s new single co-written by Florence Welch and The xx”. Official Charts Company. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  54. ^ “Andrea Bocelli ‘Si’ Album to Feature Duets With Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran & More”. Billboard. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  55. ^ Raguraman, Anjali. “Dua Lipa and Martin Garrix share the stage at Singapore Grand Prix concert”The StraitsTime. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  56. ^ “Jaguar Remixes Dua Lipa and Invites Fans to Do the Same”. Little Black Book. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  57. ^ White, Jack. “Dua Lipa will release a super deluxe edition of her debut album featuring three new songs this October”Official Charts. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  58. ^ “Dua Lipa Announces BLACKPINK Collab ‘Kiss And Make Up’: Get The Details”www.iheart.com. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  59. ^ Hanra, Hanna. “New Beauty Rules: Dua Lipa Is the Face of Yves Saint Laurent’s Latest Fragrance”Vogue. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  60. ^ “Dua Lipa’s New Song ‘Don’t Start Now’ Will Drop Next Week”Capital FM. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  61. ^ Yeung, Neil Z. “Dua Lipa | Biography & History”AllMusic. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  62. ^ “Pop Corner: Dua Lipa saves the Last Dance; Adele is done with James Bond”The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  63. ^ 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.
  64. ^ St. Asaph, Katherine (19 December 2017). “The 20 Best Pop and R&B Albums of 2017”Pitchfork. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  65. ^ DeSantis, Marissa. “21-Year-Old Dua Lipa Is About to Blow Your Mind”Teen Vogue. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  66. ^ DeSantis, Marissa. “Dua Lipa Was Given The First Ever Key To Hometown In Kosovo”MTV. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  67. ^ Seemayer, Zach. “Dua Lipa on Why It Was So Special to Have Miley Cyrus Perform at Her Sunny Hill Festival in Kosovo (Exclusive)”etonline. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  68. ^ “Dua Lipa on Familja Moderne” (in Albanian). Retrieved 20 June2018.

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