Who is Dua Lipa?
Dua Lipa is a British singer and songwriter. He was born in London, England, on August 22, 1995. In 2016 he managed, with his single “Be The One” , to internationalize his musical career after entering the top twenty songs on the charts in several European countries.
Meaning of the name of Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa’s artistic pseudonym is clear from her birth name.
Childhood, Youth and Family Life of Dua Lipa
The Lipa family hails from the city of Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, from where they emigrated in the past nineties due to the violence and repression that the Balkan country was going through at that time. Dukagjin Lipa and his wife Anesa moved to London, where within a few years the first of the marriage’s three children was born: Dua; then, in 2001 Rina was born and in 2006 Gjini, who is the youngest.
The first notions of singing were learned by the girl Dua from her father, but it was by listening to the songs on the album “Whoa, Nelly!” , by Nelly Furtado , when her artistic vein woke up and she wanted to be a singer. The artist Pink was also a major influence on his musical beginnings.
In high school Dua played the cello for a short period. She also belonged to the choir, from which she was rejected because, in the opinion of the singing teacher, her vocal skills were not sufficiently developed; the educator also stated that he did not even reach high marks. This produced in the girl great distress and insecurity about her vocal abilities; However, some time later Dua Lipa entered the Sylvia Young Theater School, where she regained confidence in her artistic talent.
Dua Lipa’s Beginnings in Music
At the age of fourteen, Dua Lipa began posting her performances of musical pieces by artists such as Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado on YouTube . At that time, he composed his first song, “Lions, Tigers & Bears” , inspired by the “Wizard of Oz” .
A year later the teenager returned to her hometown. At sixteen, she began working as a hostess at various clubs and restaurants while sharing a room with friends. He also worked as a model.
Her first compositions appeared on SoundCloud in 2012, where they piqued the interest of singer Lana Del Rey’s producers . Later, by signing a contract with representatives of Warner Bros, Dua carried out days of intense recording work with that record company, with producers such as Andrew Wyatt and Emile Haynie, which spanned two years during which he toured cities such as Berlin, Germany; Los Angeles and New York, United States; Stockholm, Sweden and, in Canada, Toronto.
Dua Lipa’s musical genre
Dua Lipa is characterized by being a pop interpreter. He has also made mergers with genres such as synth-pop, dance-pop, dream-pop and R&B, among others.
Trajectory and Legacy of Dua Lipa
At the end of August 2015, Dua Lipa released her first single, “New Love” , which did not reach much popularity. Then, in October, he published “Be the One” , the receptivity was much greater and the piece was placed in the top twenty places in the lists of Germany, Belgium, New Zealand, Sweden and Spain; in Australia it was number one, with high sales and platinum certification from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
The sales result in Germany was very favorable, it was awarded the gold award by the certifying body. The song also enjoyed the favor of specialized critics, such as that of the commentator Paul Lester, of The Guardian newspaper, who wrote that it is a “fabulous” song by an artist with a “… smoky voice, evocative of a more young, more pop Lana [Del Rey] “; singer with whom Dua was frequently compared in his musical beginnings.
For her part, Lindsey Weber, from The Fader magazine, said of Dua Lipa that “… her voice is the perfect container for collaborators like Haynie and Wyatt, who extend into the production, giving it an ethereal echo. At the end of 2015, the singer caught the attention of the British music industry, being included in the list of nominees for the BBC’s Sound of 2016.
At the beginning of the following year he went on a seven-concert UK tour with great success. Then he went abroad to present his songs in various European countries, and in April he made his debut in concert halls in the United States. On that occasion he had the support of the American television network MTV, in promotional activities, by appearing in several commercials and advertising online as an MVT Push artist, those novice artists who begin to be very successful in a very short time.
In May of the same year Dua Lipa premiered “Hotter Than Hell”, inspired by a love breakup. The song reached position fifteen on the list of best-selling singles and became the singer’s first hit in the United Kingdom, where it appeared as one of the most popular songs of the summer of that 2016. Indeed, the single surpassed the charts. two hundred thousand copies sold on British soil and received silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The song also liked in several European regions and in some countries of Oceania, like Australia, where it was especially popular; There it was placed among the first twenty in the list of single sales and exceeded thirty thousand copies sold in a week, for which it received gold certification from the ARIA.
After performing, in mid-2016, various musical presentations at British festivals, such as Glastonbury and Wireless, Dua Lipa carried out her first tour of Australia in July, with a show in Sydney and another in Melbourne. Then, in early August, she made her American television debut, as a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. At the end of the same month, he released “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” , a piece that had a certain popularity in the United Kingdom, by being in the top forty positions in the singles ranking.
In the United States the popularity of “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”it increased when Radio Disney began placing it on its stations, at the end of October 2016; the song was successful in sales, whereas in the lists of Billboard Hot 100 it was located in number 72 and happened to be the first subject of the artist in including in that list. Dua Lipa also had the support of singer Troye Sivan, who selected her as the opening act for his Suburbia Tour concert tour, held in North America in November.
Without having any rest, Dua Lipa published in 2017, with great success and recognition, the song “New Rules” that, indeed, was located in the best positions of music of the moment, internationally. At the same time he collaborated on the single “Scared to Be Lonely” by Martin Garrix.. In addition, she was the opening act for Bruno Mars’ performances on his 24K Magic World Tour concert tour in various American cities.
The following year Dua Lipa was in charge of entertaining the opening ceremony of the Champions League football final. He also went on to promote the British clothing brand Pepe Jeans and the perfume “Libre” by Yves Saint Laurent, for which he exclusively composed the song “Free” .
“Don’t Start Now” , released on November 1, 2019 as the first single from his upcoming studio album, “Future Nostalgia”, is a song that seems an exaltation of heartbreak, from the gaze of a 24-year-old girl. The specialized critic mentions the strengths of the singer after a break.