Dua Lipa - Biography
Dua Lipa is a singer and songwriter from England. She joined with Warner Bros. Records in 2014 after working as a model and released her self-titled first album in 2017. The album has been certified platinum in a number of places across the globe, and Lipa won the Brit Awards in 2018 for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
Her 2018 song 'One Kiss,' co-written with Calvin Harris, reached number one in the UK and became the year's longest-running number-one hit by a female artist, earning her the 2019 Brit Award for Song of the Year. Lipa released 'Don't Start Now' as the first single off her second studio album in 2019.
Lipa's second studio album, Future Nostalgia (2020), was met with critical praise. It received six Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year, and became her first number-one album in the United Kingdom. Lipa won British Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year at the 2021 Brit Awards thanks to the album. She has earned many honours, including inclusion on the Time 100 Next list (2021).
Dua Lipa is the oldest child of Kosovo Albanian parents Anesa (née Rexha) and Dukagjin Lipa from Pristina, FR Yugoslavia. She was born in London, England (present-day Kosovo). Her family is of Muslim descent. She is of Bosnian ancestry via her maternal grandmother. Her ancestors may possibly be traced back to the Kosovo city of Peja. Her grandfathers were both historians. She has a brother called Gjin Lipa and a sister named Rina. Lipa was inspired musically by her father, the main vocalist and guitarist of the Kosovan rock band Oda.
At home, her father continued to perform music, including his own creations as well as songs by David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Sting, The Police, and Stereophonics. Lipa began singing when she was five years old.
Lipa grew raised in London's West Hampstead neighbourhood. She went to Fitzjohn's Primary School, where she learned to play the cello. When she auditioned for the school chorus, the instructor informed her she 'couldn't sing.' She started weekend singing classes at the Sylvia Young Theatre School when she was nine years old. Lipa and her family relocated to Pristina when Kosovo declared independence in 2008. She learnt more about the Albanian language and explored a musical career while there.
Lipa returned to London when she was 15 years old. She completed her A-Levels at Parliament Hill School before returning to Sylvia Young Theatre School on a part-time basis. She started uploading her own songs to SoundCloud, and on YouTube, she began posting videos of herself covering songs such as Alicia Keys' 'If I Ain't Got You' (2004) and Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' (2002). Lipa worked as a model for Topshop and joined with a modelling agency, which helped her get a position as a 'singer' in an ITV commercial for The X Factor in 2013, singing the song 'Lost in Music' (1979).
Her grandma suggested the name 'Dua,' which means 'love' in Albanian.
Her mother tongue is Albanian, although she also speaks English with a British accent.
Lipa started an on-again, off-again romance with English chef Isaac Carew in 2013, from whom she divorced in February 2017. From August 2017 until January 2018, she dated Paul Klein, the then-lead vocalist of the American band LANY. She later rekindled her romance with Carew, whom she dated from January 2018 until June 2019. She has been in a relationship with Anwar Hadid, Gigi and Bella's younger brother, since June 14, 2019.
While working as a server in a cocktail club in 2013, Lipa signed a contract with Tap Management, headed by Ben Mawson and Ed Millett. Lipa was introduced to Mawson by her lawyer, who prevented her from accepting another book contract. As a result, they gave her a monthly payment to quit her work and concentrate on music recording.
Lipa co-wrote the song 'Hotter than Hell' during one of the sessions, which led to her getting a record contract with Warner Bros. Records in 2014. Millett added in retrospect: 'Dua was astute; she joined with Warner Bros. partially because they lacked a major female pop singer and desperately wanted one. They definitely wanted her, therefore she was the team's primary emphasis from the start.' Lipa's first song 'New Love,' produced by Emile Haynie and Andrew Wyatt, was released in August 2015.
In October 2015, her second song, 'Be the One,' was released to European success, hitting number one in Belgium, Poland, and Slovakia, as well as charting in the top 10 in over eleven European countries. The song became a radio hit in Australia and New Zealand, peaking at number six and twenty, respectively. She was announced as one of the artists on the BBC Sound of... 2016 long list in November 2015. Her first UK and European tour started in January 2016 and ended in November 2016.
On June 2, 2017, Lipa's self-titled first studio album was released. Its sixth song, 'New Rules,' which was released the following month, earned Lipa's first number one in the UK, as well as the first by a female solo artist to do so since Adele's 'Hello' in 2015. The song, her best-selling single to date, also peaked in the top 10 in a number of other countries, including number two in Australia, number six in the United States, and number seven in Canada. In June, Lipa played at the Glastonbury Festival. Lipa then played at We the Fest, an Indonesian music event in Jakarta, the following month.
In October, she appeared on BBC's Later... with Jools Holland. Lipa was crowned the most streamed lady in the UK by Spotify in December. In 2017, she had four songs in the UK top ten: 'Be the One,' 'New Rules,' 'No Lie,' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' a charity record for the families of the Grenfell Tower fire victims in London. Lipa got five nominations for the Brit Awards in January 2018, more than any other artist that year.
She was nominated for MasterCard British Album of the Year for Dua Lipa, British Single of the Year and British Video of the Year for 'New Rules,' British Female Solo Artist, and British Breakthrough Act, all of which she won. It was the first time in history that a female artist earned five nominations.
Lipa performed during the awards event, which took place on February 21st at the O2 Arena in London. The singer co-wrote 'High' with American DJ Whethan for the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, which was released in February 2018. In March 2018, she began working on new songs for her second album. Lipa and Calvin Harris released the song 'One Kiss' on 6 April, which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on 20 April, becoming Lipa's second number one in the chart; Lipa supplied the vocals and is also credited as a writer.
The track went on to become the best-selling song in the United Kingdom in 2018, topping the charts for eight weeks in a row. On May 26, she sang during the opening ceremony of the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv. Lipa was said to be releasing collaborations with other artists later this year, including one with Mark Ronson and Diplo's newly formed superduo Silk City. Later, Ronson revealed that the song's title will be 'Electricity.' On September 9th, the song was released. Lipa also appeared in 'If Only,' a song from Andrea Bocelli's sixteenth studio album S.
In September, Lipa performed at the F1 Singapore Grand Prix. In the same month, Lipa endorsed Jaguar's new electric vehicle, the I-PACE. The company developed a remix of Lipa's song 'Want To,' as well as a service where users could build their own version of Dua Lipa x Jaguar's song on the Join the Pace website, depending on their own driving habits or the music they listen to, and post it on social media. Jaguar and Lipa, according to Lipa's crew, established the global record for the 'most remixed song ever.'
In October, Dua Lipa: The Complete Edition was published, which is an extended edition of her first album that contains three new tracks, including the aforementioned 'Want To,' as well as past collaborations with other artists. This featured a 'Kiss and Make Up' duet with the South Korean girl group Blackpink. Lipa's song 'Swan Song' was released in January 2019 as part of the soundtrack of the 2019 film Alita: Battle Angel. That same month, Lipa said that she had spent the previous year composing her second studio album. Lipa described the album's style as 'nostalgic' pop that 'feels like a dancercise lesson.'
Lipa collaborated with Yves Saint Laurent to endorse their fragrance Libre in August 2019.
She was appointed worldwide ambassador of the French mineral water brand Évian on August 11, 2020. Lipa made the news on social media, saying it was 'an honour' to collaborate with the company. Lipa released a remix of 'Levitating' on August 13th, including American singers Madonna and Missy Elliott. It was released on August 28 as the first single from Club Future Nostalgia, a remix compilation of Future Nostalgia songs by The Blessed Madonna and Mark Ronson.
Lipa released the second remix of 'Levitating,' featuring American rapper DaBaby, on October 2, 2020; on the same day, Lipa published the music video for the second remix.
Lipa and Belgian singer Angèle were spotted on the shoot of a music video on October 14, 2020. Later that month, the vocalists confirmed the release of their duet, 'Fever,' on October 30, 2020. It appears on the French reissue of Future Nostalgia. Lipa appeared on Miley Cyrus' seventh studio album, Plastic Hearts, in the song 'Prisoner.' The song and music video were released on November 19, 2020. Lipa was confirmed as the musical guest for the December 19 edition of Saturday Night Live in November.
Lipa appeared in a livestream performance named Studio 2054 on November 27, where she played songs from Future Nostalgia, a new unreleased track with FKA Twigs, and some past hits such as 'New Rules,' 'One Kiss,' and 'Electricity.' Many notable visitors attended the ceremony, including The Blessed Madonna, Angèle, Kylie Minogue, and Elton John, among others. Future Nostalgia was the most played album by a woman on Spotify in 2020 (and the sixth most streamed album overall).
Lipa released a song named 'We're Good' on February 11, 2021, along with Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition. On June 4, 2021, Lipa released the song 'Can They Hear Us' from the soundtrack of the film Gully.
Fashion & endorsements
Lipa has been on the covers of many publications. She got a contract with Next Models. She appeared on the cover of Elle's January 2016 issue's 'Boom Boom Thick' feature. In April 2016, she appeared in another Elle magazine. In November 2016, she appeared on the cover of British Vogue's supplement. She was featured in an editorial in the January 2017 edition of V. In the same month, she appeared on the cover of Clash issue 102. In March 2017, she was named a worldwide ambassador for the American shoe business Foot Locker, where she presented the brand's women's collections.
In April 2017, she appeared in an interview editorial. She modelled for an editorial in Paper, which was published on June 6, 2017. She was featured in an editorial titled 'Fine Tuned' in the summer 2017 edition of Teen Vogue. She appeared in an editorial in the June 2017 edition of InStyle. She appeared in the V magazine's Fall 2017 edition in an editorial titled 'Game Changers.' She was the face of the Italian brand Patrizia Pepe's Fall/Winter 2017-18 advertising campaign, and she recorded a version of the song 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)' (1966) as the music for the campaign's commercial.
She appeared on the cover and in an editorial in the November 2017 edition of the Evening Standard. In the same month, she debuted her second collaboration with Foot Locker for the autumn/winter line. In January 2018, she appeared in a promotional video for Adidas Originals' 'Original Is Never Finished' campaign. She graced the cover of Teen Vogue's April 2018 edition. She was on the cover of V issue 113, dubbed 'The Music Issue,' which was released as a limited edition in May 2018.
She collaborated with the fashion label Nyden on a project to produce four apparel lines, however the project failed and Lipa 'discontinued' her engagement with the company.
Lipa was on the cover of Elle magazine's May 2019 edition. She appeared on one of the four covers of The Face's inaugural issue, as well as an editorial in the September 2019 relaunch. She was the cover girl for Vogue's October 2019 issue and appeared in an editorial for the Spanish version. She appeared in 'Dua's World,' a Vogue comedy clip set in the 1990s, when she donned the 'greatest' designs from New York Fashion Week.
She debuted her second design collaboration with Pepe Jeans London for the spring/summer 2020 collection, which was influenced by the fashion of the late 1980s and early 1990s and included 'oversized' jackets, cropped knitwear, bodycon dresses, and 'metallic' miniskirts. She appeared on the cover of Vogue Australia's April 2020 edition, as well as in an editorial titled 'True to form.'
She was featured in an April 2020 Rolling Stone editorial about her second studio album Future Nostalgia (2020). She appeared on the cover of Elle's May 2020 issue, as well as in an editorial headlined 'Dua Lipa Gets Physical,' and a few months later, she appeared on the cover of its Canadian and British editions. She was the cover girl for GQ's British edition's June 2020 issue. She appeared on one of two covers of W magazine's 'The Music Issue,' which will be released in September 2020.
Lipa launched her third design collaboration with Pepe Jeans London for the autumn/winter 2020 collection, which she said would be her last collaboration with the company, titled 'Denim Decades,' which was inspired by each decade since Pepe Jeans began selling denim. She inked a multi-year deal with Puma in November 2020, becoming the brand's worldwide ambassador. She was on the cover of Attitude magazine's December 2020 edition. She graced the cover of British Vogue in February 2021. In the same month, she was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone number 1348.
She appeared on the cover of Time magazine's March 2021 edition, representing the 100 Next list of the 'future 100 most important individuals in the world.' She was on the cover of The New York Times' 'Music Issue' the same month. She designed her costume for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards red carpet, which included a garment inspired by the Aurora Borealis and created in cooperation with Versace. She was the face of a Puma marketing campaign called 'She Moves Us,' for which she created a shoe named 'Mayze,' which will be launched in April 2021. Lipa was named the face of Versace's Fall-Winter 2021 campaign in June 2021.
Various media ranked her as one of the 'best' dressed celebrities at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards event for her Versace gown and Bulgari jewels. She was named one of the 'best' dressed celebrities at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony for her Alexander Wang gown with 90s flair. She was named one of the 'best' dressed celebrities at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony for her Versace gown and Bulgari jewels.
She collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on a limited edition lip gloss called 'Cremesheen Glass' for their 'Future Forward' campaign. She was the face of a perfume named 'Libre' for a Yves Saint Laurent campaign that debuted in September 2019, for which she produced a promo version of the song 'I'm Free' (1965), which was used in ads for Lipa's campaigns with the company. Later, she was the face of 'Libre Intense,' a new version of the same perfume. In July 2020, she was named an ambassador for the mineral water company Évian. In March 2021, she sang an a cappella version of her song 'Levitating' (2020) for a commercial for the company Évian's 'Drink True' campaign.
In 2016, she co-founded the Sunny Hill Foundation with her father Dukagjin to gather money to assist individuals in Kosovo who are facing financial problems. In August 2018, she organised the Sunny Hill Festival to generate funds for that charity. Shpend Ahmeti, the then-Mayor of Pristina, presented her with the Pristina Key for the first time. Lipa went on to host the event for the second time in 2019, with Miley Cyrus among the performers. Lipa participated in a UNICEF-organized campaign named 'Go Blue' in favour of children's rights in mid-November 2018, on the occasion of World Children's Day (20 November).
Her contribution was a short film about wearing or exhibiting blue, with her in a studio re-recording the words to her song 'Be the One' (2015). For the occasion, she altered the word 'red' to 'blue' in the song. Lipa performed at Wembley Arena in December 2018 as part of a benefit performance for Ellie Goulding's annual charity event 'Streets of London,' which 'funds specialised assistance for individuals who are homeless in London and promotes awareness about homelessness.' During a three-day visit to a refugee camp for children and adolescents in Beirut, Lebanon, in April 2019, she became a UNICEF supporter.
Lipa also visited young Palestinians and Syrians at the Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp, where many had been displaced by the war in Syria and did not have 'sufficient' health care or education. She later backed a drive by her management firm to collect £100,000 to promote awareness of organisations such as The Black Dog and CALM.
She was a member of a charity initiative organised by BBC Radio 1 for a version of the song 'Times Like These,' which will be broadcast on April 23, 2020, in the Live Lounge programme. She was a member of the charity supergroup Live Lounge Allstars, in which each member recorded and filmed their contribution to the song from their respective homes in order to encourage social distancing, with profits from the single going to Children in Need, Comic Relief, and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
She utilised social media to encourage Lebanese people to give blood to victims of the 2020 Beirut bombing. She gave 5,000 euros to the Theatre of Dodona in order for it to establish its own ticketing system and website. She was a member of a charity raffle organised by Belgian singer Angèle and KickCancer Foundation to support research against children cancer, and she donated a manuscript of her song 'Don't Start Now' (2019) as a prize. She virtually performed at the 2021 Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party to support the AIDS Foundation's fight against HIV/AIDS, which raised $3 million.
Lipa considers herself a feminist. She has spoken out against sexism in the music business, and she has used social media to promote awareness of women's issues. Lipa has been an outspoken champion for social equality in the LGBT community. She waved a rainbow flag while singing her song 'Be the One' at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on February 12, 2018, as part of The Self-Titled tour. She donned a white rose dress at the 2018 Brit Awards red carpet in solidarity of the Time's Up campaign.
Moreover, at the same occasion, she expressed her pleasure at having 'women present in these stages' and more 'women receiving prizes' in her acceptance speech for an award. She emphasised that her understanding of feminism is not about misandry, but about seeking equal chances.
Lipa voiced her displeasure with the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union as a result of Brexit in November 2018, stating that 'no refugee leaves their nation without having to.' In June 2019, she made her support for Sudan's ongoing democratic transition public on social media by sharing a blue image with the phrase 'Stand with Sudan' in which she detailed her rejection of the Khartoum massacre, writing about all 'women, men, and children fighting for a peaceful transition to democracy.'
She also characterised the event as an effort by government troops to 'brutal kill and rape' people who try to advocate for democracy, a 'violation of Sudanese citizens' freedom rights' by banning their internet, and a 'violation of human rights.' Lipa supported the Labour Party, headed by Jeremy Corbyn, in the 2019 United Kingdom general election, contrasting the policies of both Labour and Conservatives on numerous topics on social media and declaring that it was 'the most significant election in a generation.' She described Boris Johnson's election win as a 'complete catastrophe.'
In June 2020, Lipa reposted and later deleted an Instagram post criticising Israel's treatment of Palestinians, depicting Israeli soldiers detaining unruly Palestinian teenagers, and branding the Israeli government as 'fake Jews' and the US federal government as 'fake Christians,' accusing both of creating Hamas in order for people to 'believe that Hamas is the reassuring force.'
An Im Tirtzu petition signed by thousands of Israelis was sent to then-Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Hili Tropper, demanding that Lipa's songs stop playing on Israeli Army Radio and Galgalatz due to her 'anti-Israel' and 'antisemitic' repost full of 'conspiracy theories' and 'blood libel.' In response, Army Radio said that 'Galgalatz does not boycott any musician' and that 'the songs are selected at the discretion of the editors of each programme.'
After endorsing and campaigning for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic primaries, Lipa expressed support for Joe Biden to become President of the United States at a virtual event aimed at Albanian Americans later that year during the general election season, arguing that the Kosovars 'owed' Biden support because he was against the massacre and ethnic cleansing of Albanians by having support from the United States. In January 2021, she sent an Instagram message to her fans encouraging them to vote in the Kosovan parliamentary election.
In May 2021, after expressing sympathy for the deaths of innocent people as a result of the Israel–Palestine conflict, Lipa chastised The New York Times for running an ad accusing her, Bella, and Gigi Hadid of antisemitism.
Lipa, an advocate for displaced people's rights, backed Kosovo's president Vjosa Osmani in his hunt for the missing civilians of the Kosovo conflict in August 2021.