English singer, songwriter, and model Dua Lipa was born 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;
Her musical career began At the age of 14, when she 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 family friend and studied at Parliament Hill School, returning to the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays. 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.
In 2015, she signed with Warner Music Group and released her first single soon after. 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, peaking at number 30 in the UK 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. In November 2016, Sean Paul released the single “No Lie” featuring Lipa. The song reached number 10 in the UK. In December 2016, a documentary about Lipa was commissioned by The Fader magazine, called See in Blue.
In 2017, Lipa released the single “Scared to Be Lonely” with Martin Garrix, and also won the EBBA Public Choice Award. Her self-titled debut studio album was released on 2 June 2017. The album spawned seven singles, including two UK top-10 singles “New Rules”, which 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, “Be the One” “New Rules” and “IDGAF”. 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. Lipa performed at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival attracting one of the biggest audiences at that year’s event. 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. 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”.
In 2018, Lipa received nominations in five categories at the Brit Awards ceremony at the O2 Arena – 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”). She also performed at the awards in London and won the awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
Lipa announced via social media that she had begun working on new material for her second album. She is working with MNEK, who previously co-wrote her single “IDGAF”. The singer also collaborated with electronic music producer Whethan on a song called “High” for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack released in February 2018. Lipa and Calvin Harris also released the single “One Kiss”which topped the UK Singles Chart making it Lipa’s second UK number one; Lipa provided the vocals and is also credited as a writer. She performed in the opening ceremony of the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev on 26 May. In May 2018, she said that her second album, likely released in 2019, would be heavily influenced by acts such as Prince and OutKast. 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. Ronson later confirmed the song’s title would be “Electricity”.