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  • Dua Lipa is a british singer, model and song writer.

  • Her family origins are from the Balkans.

  • Her parents, Dúkagjin and Anesa, ofsovar Albanian origins, were two refugees that,

  • as many others, scaped from the Balkan war in the early 90s.

  • They settled in London, and Dua, whose name meanslovein albanian, was born there

  • on August 22nd 1995.

  • Her two little siblings would were born after her, Rina and Gjini.

  • Her dad worked for a promoter that organized festivals as important as Gláston-béry or

  • Reading.

  • He had also been the singer of Oda, a famous rock band insovo, so Dua was raised in

  • a musical atmosphere.

  • Her first musical guides came from the music her dad would play at home, classics by David

  • Bowie, Bob Dylan or The Police.

  • However, her biggest influence came from the first CDs she bought, “Whoa, Nellyby

  • Nelly Furtado and “M'ssundaztoodby Pink.

  • She liked the fact that, apart from being pop stars, they also were strong and independent

  • artists, and had messages of their own.

  • She started studying music and learned to play violoncello, tho she had to quit because

  • she couldnt carry it around being as short as she was!

  • Her first dissapointment came when she was rejected to enter the school choir, because

  • her voice was too deep.

  • Dua didnt give up and started taking singing classes to work on her abilities.

  • In 2008, her life took a littlr turn, when Kosovo became independent from Serbia Her

  • family decided to move back to the capital, Pristína.

  • There, her dad opened up a communication agency.

  • Thanks to it, Dua had the opportunity of attending concerts of rappers such as Method Man, Snoop

  • Dog or 50 Cent, turning hip-hop into her other big musical influence.

  • But she soon realized that, if she wanted to start her career as an artist, she would

  • need to go back to the English capital.

  • Dua carried on and, when she was 15, she convinced her parents to let her move back to London.

  • This would have to be accompanied by an older friend of hers, and she would have to call

  • her mom all the time to keep her updated.

  • But once she was there, she was able to continue with her singing classes.

  • She combined them with other jobs as public relations for a nightclub, or as a model for

  • clothing catalogs.

  • By the way, she left this job when she was forced to lose weight in order to take the

  • leap to the catwalk.

  • Dua never forgot about her objective, and in 2012 she started uploading her first versions

  • and own compositions to Youtube and SoundCloud.

  • The first one wasLion, tigers & bears”, inspired by the Wizzard of Oz.

  • These first songs called the attention of a Warner Bros manager, who put her in contact

  • with some producers to work with and develop her style.

  • Dua wanted something that sounded as a mixture of the rapper J. Cole and the singer Nelly

  • Furtado, with dark melodies, pop chorus, with a touch of rap in the different stanzas.

  • Out of this first formula, “Hotter than hellwas born, and with it, her recording

  • contract with Warner.

  • Her first promotional single, “New Love”, wasnt as sucesful as expected.

  • It was, curiously enough, the songBe the Onethat took her to the number 1 on lists

  • in different european countries.

  • WithBlow Your Mind”, song based on her bad experience in the world of fashion, she

  • got her first sucesful hit in the US.

  • Finally, on June 2nd 2017, she released her debut album, including all her previous hits,

  • and alsoNew Rules”.

  • This last one would take her all the way up to the top positions in different lists.

  • All that came after this, is a stunning career that, in little time, has taken her to be

  • the first female artist leading the Brit Awards, with 5 nominations in the main categories.

  • All this, summed up to having a gold record, a platinum record, being Bruno Mars' supporting

  • artist on his tour around North America, and having collaborated with artists such as Chris

  • Martin from Coldplay, Sean Paul, Calvin Harris or Martin Garrix.

  • In the begining of this year, Spotify revealed that Dua Lipa was the most searched for female

  • artist in 2017 in the UK.

  • On a personal side, Dua declares herself as a feminist, in pursuit of equality, and she

  • says her lyrics talk about her own point of view on love, sex and self-empowerment.

  • She likes trying fun and surprising outfits for her concerts.

  • Off the stage, she likes boxing, and she has been the image for several brands, such as

  • Tommy Hilfiger.

  • It only took less than a decade for Dua Lipa to go, from listening to Pink and Nelly Furtado

  • in her room, to being on the top of the hit lists.

  • As she herself says, it is important to have your objectives clear in life, knowing exactly

  • what you want to do, and not having a plan B. Without

  • a doubt, she HAS done it.

Dua Lipa is a british singer, model and song writer.

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