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Dua Lipa is an English and Albanian singer, songwriter, and actress who was born on August 22, 1995. Her disco-inspired production and mezzo-soprano vocal range have garnered her praise from critics and media. Throughout her career, she has won multiple awards, including two Guinness World Records, three Grammy Awards, and six Brit Awards. In 2021, she was listed as one of Time 100 Next.
Prior to agreeing to a recording deal with Warner Bros Records in 2014, Lipa was a model. Her 2017 self-titled debut album brought her fame, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart and giving rise to the hits “Be the One,” “IDGAF,” and the UK number-one single “New Rules.” The Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act were given to Lipa in recognition. In addition to being the longest-running number-one single by a female artist in 2018, her second chart-topping single “One Kiss” with Calvin Harris also won the Brit Award for Song of the Year. Both the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and the Grammy Award for Best New Artist went to Lipa in 2019 for their joint single “Electricity” with Silk City.
Acclaimed by critics, Lipa’s second album, Future Nostalgia (2020), debuted at number one in the UK. Standing in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart, the lead single “Don’t Start Now” was the most commercially successful song by a female artist in the US that year. “Physical,” “Break My Heart,” and “Levitating,” the song’s follow-up singles, were also commercially successful; the latter peaked at number one on the Hot 100 year-end chart in 2021. Future Nostalgia won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album as well as the Brit Award for British Album of the Year. With more than 10 billion plays apiece, Lipa’s two albums are the most streamed female albums on Spotify.
The eldest child of Kosovo Albanian parents Anesa (née Rexha) and Dukagjin Lipa from Pristina, FR Yugoslavia (modern-day Kosovo), Lipa was born in London. Her family follows Islam. Her mother’s grandmother gave her Bosniak ancestry. Peja, Kosovo, is another place where her ancestry can be found. Her grandfathers were historians, both of them. Her siblings are Gjin, her brother, and Rina, her sister. Lipa’s father, the lead singer and guitarist for the Kosovan rock group Oda, had a profound musical influence on her. At home, her father kept playing music—both original pieces and tunes by musicians like David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Sting, The Police, and Stereophonics. At the young age of five, Dua Lipa started to sing.
Lipa was raised in London’s West Hampstead. She studied music at Fitzjohn’s Primary School, where she took cello lessons. The teacher told her that “she could not sing” when she tried out for the school choir. She started taking singing lessons at the Sylvia Young Theatre School on weekends when she was nine years old. In 2008, Lipa’s family relocated to Pristina following Kosovo’s declaration of independence. She thought about pursuing a career in music, attended Mileniumi i Tretë School, and gained more knowledge of the Albanian language there.
At 15, Lipa returned to London. She completed her A-Levels at Parliament Hill School before making a part-time return to Sylvia Young Theatre School. She posted her own music to YouTube and SoundCloud. She started uploading videos to YouTube of herself performing covers of songs like Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” (2002) and Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” (2004). In order to help her land a role as a “singer” in an ITV advertisement for The X Factor in 2013, Lipa signed with a modeling agency and modeled for Topshop. The advertisement featured her singing the song “Lost in Music” (1979). She hired a manager and a producer.
Lipa’s vocal range is mezzo-soprano. Although mostly pop, her music has also been compared to disco, house, and R&B. Her songs fall into the dance-pop, synth-pop, R&B, dream pop, alternative pop, and nu-disco subgenres stylistically. She characterizes “dark pop” as her musical genre. She is also renowned for her “sultry” tone and “distinct, husky, low register” singing.
When it comes to her songwriting process, Lipa says she typically has a concept when she enters the studio and begins working on the song with her cowriters. Among her musical influences are Pink, Kylie Minogue, Nelly Furtado, Jamiroquai, Chance the Rapper, and Kendrick Lamar. In an interview with GQ in 2018, Lipa stated, “My idea of pop has been P!nk and Christina Aguilera and Destiny’s Child and Nelly Furtado.” She was influenced by musicians she listened to in her teens, such as Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Moloko, Blondie, and Outkast, for her second studio album, Future Nostalgia (2020).
Over the course of her career, Lipa has won numerous awards, including five Brit Awards from thirteen nominations, one MTV Video Music Award from fifteen, one American Music Award from six nominations, one iHeartRadio Music Award from eight nominations, one Bambi Award, and three Grammy Awards from eight nominations. Lipa has broken two Guinness World Records: the first in 2020 for the most tickets sold for a livestreamed solo female artist concert, and the second in 2021 for the most monthly listeners for a female artist on Spotify. However, Lipa’s totals did not surpass Ariana Grande’s record set the year before.