Dua Lipa is an English singer, songwriter, model, and fashion designer. While working as a model, they appeared on most Barclays Private Bank sponsorship idents on ITV's The South Bank Show between 2003 and December 25, 2005 as well as the alternate 40 second "True value talk to an expert" advert during October 2003. After working as a model, she signed with Warner Music Group in 2015 and soon released her first song, "New Love".

Their 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 Future Nostalgia which is planned to be released in 2020. Lipa has been the recipient of three Brit Awards and two Grammy Awards.

Early life

Lipa was born on 22 August 1995 in London, to Albanian parents from Kosovo who had left Pristina in the 1990s. She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School part-time before moving to Kosovo with her family in 2008; there she attended the private school Mileniumi i Tretë in Pristina. Lipa grew up listening to her father, singer Dukagjin Lipa. 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. Lipa lived with a family friend and studied at Parliament Hill School, returning to the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays. In 2003, at the age of 8, she appeared on most Barclays Private Bank sponsorship idents on ITV's The South Bank Show between 2003 and December 25, 2005 and at the end of the alternate 40 second "True value talk to an expert" advert during October 2003. When she was 11 years old, her choir teacher even told her that she couldn't sing. At the age of 16, she began working as a model. In 2013, at the age of 18, she starred in a television advertisement for The X Factor.

Career

2015–2017: Breakthrough and Dua Lipa

In 2015, Lipa began working on her debut album for Warner Music Group. [1] In August 2015, she released her first single "New Love" [2], produced by Emile Haynie and Andrew Wyatt. She released her second single "Be the One", in October 2015. [3][4]"Be the One" achieved success across Europe, reaching number one in Belgium, 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. Lipa describes her musical style as "dark pop". On 30 November 2015, she was revealed as one of the acts on the BBC Sound of...2016 long list. Her first tour in the UK and Europe began in January 2016. In November 2016, Lipa concluded her tour through Europe.

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.[5] On 26 August, her fifth overall single "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" was released, peaking at number 30 in the UK.[6] It became the singer's first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, debuting at number 72. "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" also topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and reached number 23 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart.[7]

In November 2016, Sean Paul released the single "No Lie" featuring Lipa. The song reached number 10 in the UK.[8] In December 2016, a documentary about Lipa was commissioned by The Fader magazine, called See in Blue.[9] In January 2017, Lipa released the single "Scared to Be Lonely" with Martin Garrix, reaching number 14 in the UK.[10]

Her self-titled debut studio album was released on 2 June 2017.[11] Its sixth single "New Rules", released in the following month, became Lipa's first number one in the UK, and the first by a female solo artist to reach the top in the UK since "Hello" by Adele in 2015.[12] 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.[13] Lipa performed at the Glastonbury Festival in June, attracting one of the biggest audiences at that year's event.[14] She performed on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland in October. In December, Lipa was named the most streamed woman of 2017 in the UK by Spotify.[15] 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".

2018–present: 'Future Nostalgia'

The singer collaborated with American DJ Whethan on the song "High" for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, released in February 2018. In March 2018, she began writing new material for her second album. Lipa and Calvin Harris released the single "One Kiss" on April 6, and it went on to become the best-selling song in the UK in 2018, topping the charts for eight weeks in a row.

Lipa is expected to release collaborations with other artists later this year, including one with Mark Ronson and Diplo's newly formed superduo Silk City. The song's title, "Electricity," was later confirmed by Ronson. On September 9th, the song was released. Lipa also appears in the song "If Only," which appears on Andrea Bocelli's sixteenth studio album .

Dua Lipa: The Complete Edition, an expanded version of her debut album that includes three new songs, including "Want To," and previous collaborations with other artists, was released in October. This included a collaboration with the South Korean girl group Blackpink titled "Kiss and Make Up". Lipa's single "Swan Song" was released in January 2019 as part of the soundtrack to the 2019 film Alita: Battle Angel. That same month, Lipa revealed that she had spent the previous year writing her second studio album. Lipa described the album's sound as "nostalgic" pop that "feels like a dancercise class."

Lipa's second album, Future Nostalgia, and accompanying tour were announced in December 2019 following the release of its lead single "Don't Start Now." "Don't Start Now" reached number two on both the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also peaked at number one on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart in the United States. "Physical" was Lipa's second single released prior to the album's release. It was released on January 30, 2020, with the music video following a day later. "Physical" debuted at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Future Nostalgia was released to widespread critical acclaim on March 27, following the release of the album's third single "Break My Heart" on March 25. The album debuted at number two on the Official UK Albums Chart. The following week, in April 2020, Future Nostalgia debuted at number one on the Official UK Albums Chart, and four of the album's singles charted in the top ten. The album holds the record for the lowest one-week sales while at the top of the chart in the modern era; when it was number one––the week beginning 15 May 2020––the album only accumulated 7,317 sales. Lipa became the first British female artist since Vera Lynn in 1952 to have three top-ten singles in a single calendar year when the album was released. Lipa eventually broke this record with her single "Levitating," which also charted in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her third top-ten hit in the United States.

Lipa released a remix of "Levitating" on August 13th, featuring American artists Madonna and Missy Elliott. It was released on August 28 as the lead single from Club Future Nostalgia, a remix collection of Future Nostalgia tracks by the Blessed Madonna and Mark Ronson. Lipa released the second remix of "Levitating," featuring American rapper DaBaby, on October 2, 2020; on the same day, Lipa released the music video for the second remix. Lipa and Belgian singer Angèle were photographed on the set of a music video on October 14, 2020. Later that month, the singers announced the release of their collaboration, "Fever," on October 30, 2020. It is included on the French re-release of Future Nostalgia. Lipa was featured on "Prisoner", a song from Miley Cyrus' seventh studio album Plastic Hearts. The single was released on 19 November 2020 alongside the music video. On 27 November, Lipa performed in a livestream concert titled Studio 2054, where she sang various songs from Future Nostalgia, a new unreleased track with FKA Twigs, as well as some previous singles such as "New Rules", "One Kiss" and "Electricity". The event featured many special guests like The Blessed Madonna, Angèle, Kylie Minogue and Elton John, among others. Future Nostalgia was the most streamed album by a woman (and fifth most streamed album overall) on Spotify in 2020.

Lipa released a single titled "We're Good" on February 11, 2021, along with Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition. On June 4, 2021, Lipa released the song "Can They Hear Us" from the soundtrack of the film Gully. Lipa collaborated with Elton John once more on the song "Cold Heart (Pnau remix)," which was released as the lead single from John's studio album The Lockdown Sessions on August 13, 2021. On October 15, the single debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Lipa's third hit to do so. Lipa launched Service95, a weekly lifestyle newsletter, and the accompanying podcast Dua Lipa: At Your Service in February 2022.

Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion released "Sweetest Pie" with a music video on March 11, 2022. The song is their first collaboration, and it serves as the lead single from Stallion's upcoming studio album.

Trivia

  • She doesn't have a middle name.
  • Her name is Albanian and means "love, prayer".
  • Her first song was "New Love".
  • Dua has two Grammies.
  • She is an honorary Liverpool supporter.
  • She likes anime.
  • Her favorite anime is Ponyo.
  • She doesn't play guitar.
  • She used to play the cello in school, and she got bullied about all the time, so she quit.
  • She has a manager named Ben.
  • Dua is 5 feet and 8 inches.
  • On occasion, Dua buys a lot of hair and glue it in her head, other than that, she struggles to make it lot nice.
  • Bad hair days are kind of her thing.
  • Her rules are work hard and be nice.
  • Her zodiac sign a Leo.
  • Dua hates singing at Karaoke.
  • She's learning high notes.
  • She has a younger brother and a younger sister, and their the loves of her life.
  • She loves Bebe Rexha's music.
  • She and Taylor Swift are friends.
  • Her favorite color is pink.

References

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