Dua Lipa is an English singer, songwriter and model. After working as a model, she signed with Warner Music Group in 2015 and released her eponymous debut album in 2017.
- Full name: Dua Lipa
- Born: 22 August 1995 in Westminster, London. United Kingdom
- Profession: English singer, songwriter and model
- Height: 1.73 m
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About Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa was born on 22 August 1995 in Westminster, London. She is daughter of Dukagjin Lipa and Anesa Lipa. She has two siblings a younger sister and a younger brother.
Lipa’s father is a marketing manager who is also lead vocalist in a Kosovan rock band, Oda. Her mother works in tourism.
Her parents are originally from Kosovo but left Pristina in 1992. Her father Dukagjin is the son of historian Seit Lipa who was the head of the Kosovo Institute of History from 1990 to 1995.
Dua Lipa attended Sylvia Young Theatre School part-time before moving to Kosovo with her family in 2006 when her father had been offered a job. There she attended the Mileniumi i Tretë school in Pristina, and became a fan of hip hop artists, which would later influence her music style.
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.”
At the age of 14, Lipa began posting covers of her favourite songs by artists such as Pink and Nelly Furtado on YouTube.
At the age of 15, she moved back to London with aspirations of becoming a singer. Lipa lived with a friend and studied at Parliament Hill School, returning to the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays.
In order to earn money for music sessions, Lipa had different jobs, such as hostessing restaurants and nightclubs.
She began working as a model for the online catalogue ASOS Marketplace when she was 16, with the goal of meeting people who could help her with her music career.
However, she left after a manager told her to lose weight. In 2013, she starred in a television advertisement for The X Factor.
After working as a model, she signed with Warner Music Group in 2015 and released her eponymous debut album in 2017.
The album reached number three on the UK Albums Chart, and yielded seven singles, including “Be the One” and “IDGAF”, and the UK number-one single “New Rules”, which also reached number six in the US.
In 2018, Lipa won the Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
Released in April 2018, the single “One Kiss”, with Calvin Harris, reached number one in the UK, and became the longest running number one single for a female artist in 2018.
It won her the 2019 Brit Award for Song of the Year. In 2019, she also received the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and “Electricity”, a duet with Silk City, won her the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
The success of the singles helped her self-titled album become one of the most-streamed albums on Spotify and achieve platinum certifications.
In 2019, Lipa released “Don’t Start Now”, the lead single from her upcoming second studio album, Future Nostalgia, scheduled to be released in 2020.
Songs, Singles & Works
- Lions & Tigers & Bears
- Be The One
- Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
- Hotter Than Hell
- “No Lie”, (Sean Paul featuring Dua Lipa)
- “Room for 2”
- Bad Together
- Lost in Your Light
- New Rules
- No Goodbyes
- “Bridge over Troubled Water”, (as part of Artists for Grenfell)
- “Thinking ‘Bout You”
- “My Love”, (Wale featuring Major Lazer, Wizkid and Dua Lipa)
- Kiss and Make Up
- “If Only”, (Andrea Bocelli featuring Dua Lipa)
- “Want To”
- “Kiss and Make Up” (with Blackpink)
- Don’t Start Now
- Swan Song
- “Future Nostalgia”
- Break My Heart
- “Sugar (Remix)”, (Brockhampton featuring Dua Lipa)
- “Times Like These”, (as part of Live Lounge Allstars)
- “Pretty Please”
- “Love Again”
- “Good in Bed”
- “Boys Will Be Boys”