Dua Lipa is an English singer and songwriter who was born on August 22, 1995, in London, United Kingdom. She decided to sign with Warner Bros Records in 2014 after working as a model and released her self-titled debut album in 2017. The album peaked at number three on the U.K. Albums Chart and produced eight singles, including ‘Be the One,’ ‘I.D.G.A.F,’ and the U.K. number-one single ‘New Rules,’ which peaked at number six in the United States. Lipa won the Brit Awards in 2018 for ‘British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act,’ and her album has been certified platinum in several countries worldwide. “Future Nostalgia,” Lipa’s second studio album, was published in 2020. We’ll help you celebrate her special day right here.
August 22, 1995
Dua Lipa was born in London, on August 22, 1995, to Kosovo Albanian parents Anesa Rexha and Dukagjin Lipa. She is of Bosnian descent through her maternal grandmother. Her ancestors can also be traced back to the Kosovo city of Peja. Lipa’s grandfathers were both historians. She has a brother, Gjin Lipa, and a sister, Rina. Lipa was influenced musically by her father, the lead singer, and guitarist of the Kosovan rock band Oda.
At home, her father continued to play music, including his own compositions and songs by David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Sting, The Police, and Stereophonics. Lipa began singing when she was five years old. She began singing at the Sylvia Young Theater School when she was just nine years old. Lipa covered ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera and ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ by Alicia Keys on YouTube. In 2014, Lipa signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. Her debut single, New Love, was released in August 2015.
Her first tour began in January 2016 and ended in November of that year. Lipa’s fifth single, ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah),’ reached number 30 in the United Kingdom. It was her first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, peaking at number 72. Her self-titled debut studio album “Dua Lipa” was released on June 2, 2017. Lipa was named the most-streamed woman in the U.K. by Spotify in 2017. She had four U.K. top 10 singles in 2017: ‘Be the One,’ ‘New Rules,’ ‘No Lie,’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’
In February 2018, Lipa performed at the Brit Awards. In March 2018, she began work on her second album. On the “Fifty Shades Freed” soundtrack, she collaborated with American D.J. Whethan on the song ‘High.’ After collaborating with Jaguar, she set a world record for the most remixed song ever. In March 2020, Lipa’s sophomore album, “Future Nostalgia,” debuted at number two on the Official U.K. Albums Chart.
Lipa is the first British female artist since Vera Lynn to have three top-10 singles in the same calendar year. She was named global ambassador of the French mineral water brand Évian on August 11, 2020. Lipa appeared on Miley Cyrus’ seventh studio album, “Plastic Hearts,” in the song ‘Prisoner.’ She will also perform as a musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” on December 19th. Lipa performed in a live-stream concert titled Studio 2054 on November 27. Lipa parted ways with her longtime management firm, Ben Mawson and Ed Millet’s TaP Management, on February 18, 2022.
Lipa agrees to a contract with Tap Management, directed by Ben Mawson and Ed Millett.
Lipa co-writes the song ‘Hotter than Hell,’ which leads to her signing a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
Lipa's first single, ‘New Love,’ is released.
Lipa's self-titled debut studio album is released, and its sixth single becomes Lipa's first number-one in the U.K.
Lipa's "Future Nostalgia" is released to widespread critical acclaim.
Lipa launches “Service95,” a weekly lifestyle newsletter, and the accompanying podcast “Dua Lipa: At Your Service.”
Why We Love Dua Lipa
She’s vocal about supporting women
Lipa is outspoken in her defense of women, speaking out against the way the media portrays them and calling out trolls. She told MiNDFOOD, “What’s happening now is sort of revolutionary; we only stand up for what we believe in, what we feel comfortable doing, what rings true for us, and what makes us feel proud of ourselves.” She has also backed Planned Parenthood's Bans Off My Body campaign, which opposes limits on the practice of legal abortion. For Lipa, who declares that "to be free is what I stand for," women's freedom is of utmost importance.
She is grateful
Lipa does not take her fame lightly, and she realizes that in many fields, women still have to work considerably more than men to achieve their goals. Despite her rapid popularity, Lipa maintains her genuineness and remains calm. She said, “The climb to get there is what makes us who we are. It makes us a lot stronger, and it’s an incredible thing that fills you with so much gratitude and pushes you where you want to be.”
She has her own charity organization
Lipa, who was raised in Kosovo and London, has always made a point of honoring her roots. She gave about $120,000 to the Sunny Hill Foundation in 2018, a Kosovo-based nonprofit organization she supports and serves as patron for.
5 Surprising Facts
Her name means ‘Love’ in Albanian
Lipa's given name is her real name, not a stage name, as many people believe; it was given to her by her parents and means ‘love’ in Albanian.
Her teacher told her she couldn't sing
Lipa was 11 when her choir teacher told her she couldn't sing because her voice was too low, but she became successful thanks to her voice and talent.
Chris Martin contributed to her album
Lipa met with Coldplay lead vocalist Martin in Miami to collaborate on the song ‘Homesick.’
She has millions of followers on Instagram
Lipa has received a lot of attention from fans worldwide; as of today, she has over 81 million Instagram followers.
She did opening acts for major artists
If you're a fan of Bruno Mars, Troye Sivan, or Coldplay, you might have seen Lipa on tour as a support or opening act.
Dua Lipa FAQs
Did Dua Lipa visit India?
Yes. Lipa took a short trip around India, visiting Jodhpur, Jaipur, Kerala, and Goa.
Why is Dua Lipa inspiring?
Lipa’s work ethic, down-to-earth nature, and message of empowerment have made her a role model for girls and young women.
Are Dua Lipa and Gigi Hadid friends?
Yes. Lipa has a close relationship with the Hadids.
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