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Photo: Elle
Dua Lipa
Photo: Elle

About a month ago, English singer-songwriter Dua Lipa released the official video for ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’. The visuals for “Blow Your Mind” favours a fashion advertisement. Uniquely, she is a model so the women in her video are probably her real friends. Of Albanian descent, Lipa joins the ranks of other talented Albanian musicians. Some of the musicians include G4SHI, Rita Ora, Noizy, and Enca Haxhia. Not to mention, her father is well-known Rock singer Dukagjin Lipa. He is Kosovar Albanian.

As a matter of fact, Dua Lipa plays at Terminal 5 in New York City. The show is for two nights together with Troye Sivan: November 14 and November 15. The self-titled album is set to hit stores on February 10. Warner Bros. Records will release ‘Dua Lipa’.

In conclusion, the Miike Snow remix of Dua Lip’s “Hotter Than Hell” single is a favorite of mine. “Be The One” sounds like a song for Beyoncé, overall. Additionally, I like her natural look. She isn’t blonde and appeals to the average woman.

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Indie Pop singer Dua Lipa showcased a throwback vibe and knack for catchy pop with soulful grit, much like Sia, Jessie J, or P!nk, and a slyly rebellious air like Charli XCX and Marina & the Diamonds. Born and raised in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents, the sultry-voiced pop singer attended Sylvia Young Theater School (Rita Ora, Amy Winehouse). She was there until the age of 13. Then, she moved to Kosovo with her family.

However, the move wouldn’t last very long, as she was back in London by age 15, living on her own and pursuing a singing career. Her first demos were released in 2012, attracting the attention of Lana Del Rey’s management team, who signed her and linked her up with Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, Bruno Mars). Her shimmery debut single ‘New Love’ was followed up with the soulful ‘Be the One’.

Longlisted for the prestigious BBC’s Sound of 2016 late in the previous year, Dua Lipa released her third and fourth singles in February and May respectively, partnered with a tour throughout the spring and summer. The latter single went on to break the top 20 in the UK and all four singles would appear on her self-titled debut album, released in the Autumn of 2016. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Written by Richardine Bartee

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