Dua Lipa

Birth name: Dua Lipa
Birth date: August 22, 1995
Birth place: London, England
Name meaning: “Love” or “Want”
001. Biography (below)
002. Facts
003. Throughout the years

Summary

Dua Lipa (/ˈduːə ˈliːpə/; Albanian: [dua liːpa]; born 22 August 1995) is an English singer, songwriter and model. Her musical career began at age 14, when she began covering songs by other artists on YouTube. In 2015, she was signed with Warner Music Group, and released her first single soon after. In December 2016, a documentary about Lipa was commissioned by The Fader magazine, titled See in Blue.

In January 2017, she won the EBBA Public Choice Award. Her self-titled debut studio album was released on 2 June 2017. The album spawned seven singles, including the top-10 single “Be the One” and the number-one single “New Rules”.

Early life

Lipa was born in London on 22 August 1995 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. Lipa grew up listening to her father, singer Dukagjin Lipa.

At the age of 14, she began posting covers of her favourite songs by artists such as P!nk and Nelly Furtado on YouTube. At the age of 15, she moved back to London with aspirations of becoming a singer. Shortly after, she began working as a model.

Career

In 2015, Lipa began working on her debut album for Warner Music Group. In August 2015, she released her first single “New Love”, produced by Emile Haynie and Andrew Wyatt. She released her second single “Be the One”, in October 2015. “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. 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. “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” also topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and reached number 23 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart.

Elsewhere, the song enjoyed moderate success, reaching the top 20 in Belgium, 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. In November 2016, Sean Paul released the single “No Lie” featuring Lipa. In December 2016, a documentary about Lipa was commissioned by The Fader magazine, called See in Blue. In January 2017, Lipa released the single “Scared to Be Lonely” with Martin Garrix.

Her self-titled debut studio album was released on 2 June 2017. Its sixth single “New Rules”, became Lipa’s first number one in the UK. In doing so, it also became the first song in almost two years by a female solo artist to reach the top in the UK, since “Hello” by Adele in 2015.

Lipa performed at the awards ceremony held on 21 February at the O2 Arena in London. The singer collaborated with American DJ Whethan on the song “High” for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, released in February 2018. She started working on new material for her second album in March 2018. On 6 April, Lipa and Calvin Harris released the single “One Kiss”, which topped the UK Singles Chart on 20 April, making it Lipa’s second number one in the chart; Lipa provided the vocals and is also credited as a writer. The single went on to become the biggest selling song in the UK of 2018 and topped the chart for eight consecutive weeks. She performed in the opening ceremony of the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv on 26 May. It was reported that Lipa would be releasing collaborations with other artists coming out later in 2018, such as one with Mark Ronson and Diplo’s newly formed superduo Silk City. Ronson later confirmed the song’s title would be “Electricity”. The song was released on 9 September. Lipa was also featured in “If Only”, a song from Italian singer Andrea Bocelli’s sixteenth studio album . Lipa performed at F1 Singapore Grand Prix in September. In the same month, Lipa indorsed British car brand Jaguar’s new electric car, I-PACE. The brand created a remix of Lipa’s song “Want To”, and launched a service where fans could 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. According to Lipa’s team, Jaguar and Lipa set the world record for the “most remixed song ever.” In October, the singer released Dua Lipa: The Complete Edition, an expanded version of her debut album that includes three new songs, including the aforementioned “Want To”, and her previous collaborations with other artists. This included a collaboration with South Korean girl group Blackpink called “Kiss and Make Up”. In January 2019, Lipa released the single “Swan Song” as part of the soundtrack to the 2019 film Alita: Battle Angel. That same month, Lipa stated that she spent the preceding year in the writing process for her second studio album. Lipa commented that the album’s sound would be a “nostalgic” pop record that “feels like a dancercise class”. In August 2019, Lipa partnered with brand Yves Saint Laurent to indorse their fragrance Libre.

Following the release of its lead single “Don’t Start Now”, Lipa’s second album, Future Nostalgia, and its accompanying tour were announced in December 2019. “Don’t Start Now” peaked at number two on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at number one on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart. Lipa’s second single leading up to the release of the album was “Physical”. It was released on 30 January 2020 and the song’s music video was released a day later. “Physical” debuted at number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Future Nostalgia was released on 27 March to widespread critical acclaim, following the release of the record’s third single “Break My Heart” on 25 March. The album debuted at number two on the Official UK Albums Chart, 5550 copies behind 5 Seconds of Summer’s Calm. Future Nostalgia peaked at number one on the Official UK Albums Chart the following week in April 2020, while four of the album’s singles entered the top ten of the Official Singles Chart. The album holds the record for having 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 accumulated a mere 7,317 sales. At the time of the album’s release, Lipa became the first British female artist since Vera Lynn to have three top-ten singles in a single calendar year, with Lynn having three in 1952. Lipa eventually overrode this record with the single “Levitating”, which also peaked within the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming her third top-ten in the US overall. Lipa’s music video for “Physical” was nominated for Best Art Director at the Berlin Music Video Awards in 2020. The art director of the music video is Anna Colomer Nogué.

On 11 August 2020, she was named global ambassador of the French mineral water brand Évian. Lipa made the announcement on social media, where she stated that “it had been an honor” working with the brand. On 13 August, Lipa released a remix of “Levitating” featuring American artists Madonna and Missy Elliott. It served as the lead single from Club Future Nostalgia, a remix collection of Future Nostalgia tracks by The Blessed Madonna and Mark Ronson, which was released on 28 August. On 2 October 2020, Lipa released the second remix of “Levitating” featuring American rapper DaBaby; on the same day, Lipa released the music video for the second remix. On 14 October 2020, Lipa and Belgian singer Angèle were photographed on the set of a music video. Later in the month, the singers announced the release of their collaboration, “Fever”; it was released on 30 October 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. In November it was announced that Lipa would be the musical guest on 19 December episode of Saturday Night Live. 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.

On 11 February 2021, Lipa released a single titled “We’re Good”, along with Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition. Lipa released the song “Can They Hear Us” from the soundtrack of the film Gully on 4 June 2021.