About Dua Lipa
English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa was born in London, England, on August 22, 1995 to Albanian parents. Lipa's mother and father left their native Kosovo in 1992 and she spent her early years in the UK, where she attended Sylvia Young Theatre School part-time. She grew up with a love of music, inherited by her father, Dukagjin Lipa, who is the lead vocalist of the Kosovan rock band, Oda.
In 2006, Lipa returned to live in Kosovo with her parents, where she attended the Mileniumi i Tretë school in Pristina. She began posting covers of her favorite pop songs on YouTube when she was 14, and when she turned 15, she decided to return to London to live with a friend, so she could pursue a career in music. Lipa studied at Parliament Hill School, and went back to continue her lessons at the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays. The following year, she was scouted as a model and began working for ASOS Marketplace, and in 2013 she starred in a television advertisement for the X Factor.
2015-2017: Breakthrough and Dua Lipa
After several years of posting covers to YouTube, Lipa caught the attention of TAP Management (the company that represent Lana Del Rey), who signed her to a management deal. By 2015, she entered an agreement with Warner Music Group and began working on her debut album. Her debut single "New Love" was released in August 2015, followed by "Be the One" in October, which hit number one in Belgium, Poland and Slovakia, as well as on the US Dance Club Songs Chart. The following month, she was named as one of the acts on the BBC Sound of...2016 long list.
February 2016 saw the release of her third single "Last Dance", but it was "Hotter than Hell", released in May, that served as Lipa's breakthrough, peaking at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart. This success was compounded when her fifth single, "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)", became her first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, also topping the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and peaking at number 23 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart.
Towards the end of 2016, Lipa was featured on Sean Paul's single "No Lie", and was the subject of a short documentary film by Fader, titled See In Blue.
The beginning of 2017 held a string of accomplishments for Lipa – in January, she won the EBBA Public Choice Award and released the collaborative single "Scared to Be Lonely" with Dutch DJ and producer Martin Garrix, and in May she was awarded as Young and Promising International Artist at the Indonesian television network SCTV's annual Music Awards ceremony.
Her self-titled debut album was released in June 2017, reaching the top 10 in 14 different territories, including number 3 on the UK Albums Chart. Her sixth and final single from the album, "New Rules", was released in the following month and became her first UK number one, as well as reaching number two in Australia, number six in the US and number seven in Canada.
In December, Spotify named Lipa the most streamed woman of 2017 in the UK.
2018-Present: Upcoming second studio album
Lipa received nominations in five categories at the Brit Awards in January 2018 – more nominations than any other artist that year and the first time that a female artist had received five nominations. Nominated for British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, MasterCard British Album of the Year for Dua Lipa, British Single of The Year and British Video of The Year for "New Rules", Lipa won the awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
In February, she collaborated with electronic music producer Whethan on a song called "High" for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, and the following month she scored her second UK number one with "One Kiss" – her single with Calvin Harris.
That September, she collaborated with Silk City (Mark Ronson and Diplo) on the track "Electricity", which went on to win Best Dance Recording at the 61st Grammy Awards.
A super deluxe edition of her self-titled album, featuring three new songs alongside her previous collaborations with various artists, was released in October. The album was released as Complete Edition and featured the collaborative single "Kiss and Make Up" with South Korean girl group Blackpink.
In January 2019, not only did Lipa win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording for her track with Silk City, but she also won the award for Best New Artist.