Dua Lipa is an Albanian girl who went to London at the age 15 to pursue her dream as a singer. Her name Dua stands for “love” in Albania, it’s been said that she hated her name when she was younger.
Dua Lipa was born on August 22, 1995 in London to Albanian parents from Kosovo. Her parents had left Pristina in the 1990s. She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School part-time before moving to Kosovo with her family in 2008. Lipa grew up listening to her father, singer Dukagjin Lipa. He was one of her first influences. She went to the same school Amy Winehouse attended. Several artists also went to that school like Rita Ora, Tom Fletcher, and Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson. All of these artists became successful.
Dua Lipa started her music career singing on YouTube. She would sing covers of her favorite songs by artists such as Pink and Nelly Furtado. She signed a contract with Warner music group in December of 2016 and released her first single as a solo artist. By January 2017, she already won an award the EBBA public choice award. Her album has seven singles, including two UK top singles “Be the One”, “IDGAF” and the UK number-one single “New Rules”. New Rules also reached number six in the US. In 2018, Lipa won two Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
A couple of facts: Dua Lipa has a little tattoo on her right shoulder of an angel. She always played basketball when she was younger she thought it would make her grow taller.
Her voice hasn’t always been appreciated, when Dua was eleven years old she wanted to join her school choir but was told by her teacher that she couldn’t sing. She’s now a multi-platinum singer, so it’s fair to say Dua won that round.
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