In the Spotlight: Dua Lipa

August 7, 2017
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Okay, confession time: I’m completely in love with Dua Lipa.

But can you blame me? If there is any part of her worthy of dislike, I have yet to find it. She’s beautiful, she’s talented beyond belief and she seems to be a complete sweetheart. I’m not quite sure if I would prefer to be her or just be her best friend.

The 21-year-old singer was born and essentially raised in London, where she attended the Sylvia Young Theater School, known for breeding numerous other famous vocalists, including Amy Winehouse. She spent a few years in Kosovo with her Kosovar-Albanian parents before returning to London to pursue her musical career.

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Rightfully so, she has become quite a sensation. In fact, it seems like every time I log onto Twitter at least two people are quoting or talking about her song “New Rules.” I have personally deemed this song the official song of the summer. It’s catchy, it’s fun and it’s even educational!

The “New Rules” music video, released around three weeks ago, has racked up over 64 million views and counting. It features Lipa and her equally fierce girlfriends in various outfits (some that are matching) teaching valuable boy lessons.

1) Don’t pick up the phone. You know he’s only calling ’cause he’s drunk and alone.

2) Don’t let him in. You’ll have to kick him out again.

3) Don’t be his friend. You know you’re gonna wake up in his bed in the morning.

 

The first time I heard the name Dua Lipa was when she featured on the Martin Garrix track “Scared to Be Lonely.” The song was a huge hit, and the chorus especially demonstrated her superb vocal ability. When the acoustic version was released, I was literally blow away¬†by her talent. Her soulful voice and range scream “pay attention to me!” and “love every second of every note I hit!”

With the widespread success of her singles and self-titled debut album as a whole, she’s unstoppable. She has crowned herself queen of sharing hard-hitting, personal lyrics that deal with heartbreak and love in a way that tugs at your heartstrings and simultaneously makes you want to sing and dance.

The album took her about two years to complete, with the release date being pushed back numerous times. After listening in full, I can see why; it’s as good as can be! She took her time, and she nailed it.

In an interview with Complex, Lipa touched on finding herself throughout the process. “I learned a lot about myself. I learned about the way I like to work. I learned to try to be as much of an open book as possible. That was really important to me, to learn to be more honest with myself. ”

Hard work and talent surely comes a long way, and I (I’m sure along with her ever-growing fan base) wish nothing but continued success for her and everything she releases.

If somehow you haven’t heard of Dupa Lipa, do yourself a favor and check her out right this second!

Nisa Ayral (@nisaayral)

Feature Image by Leslie Crow

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