The Spotlight: Dua Lipa – She Makes The New Rules

Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa

It takes a genuine miracle for a new act to nudge Drake and Ed Sheeran out of their UK singles chart monopoly, but Kosovo-born, London-based star Dua Lipa has managed it three times. Her singles ‘Be The One’ and ‘Hotter Than Hell’ made the Top 15; the same went for Martin Garrix collaboration ‘Scared To Be Lonely’. All this before an actual full-length album.

The eventual debut doesn’t so much hint at Dua Lipa becoming a superstar as scream it from the rooftops. This is a sass-packed, honest, uncompromising storm. And before the Chris Martin-penned closing track ‘Homesick’, there isn’t a standard ballad within sight. No dull moments, not a whiff of boring, just bangers.

Excerpt Taken From Article On NME Written By Jamie Milton

Those chart-bothering early singles pave the way for a record that won’t rest until it’s compressed every available hook into gigantic pop songs. So as well as the dancehall-nodding ‘Hotter Than Hell’, there’s the steamed-up Miguel collaboration ‘Lost In Your Light’ and the post-breakup punch of ‘IDGAF’. Even when the 21-year-old threatens to slow down, she’ll throw in the odd twist. ‘Thinking ’Bout You’ starts as an acoustic slow burner, but soon reveals itself to be a sharp-witted firecracker. ‘No Goodbyes’ begins slowly but eventually becomes an Ibiza-ready heatwave.

Much of the album’s magic boils down to one element: Lipa’s voice. It could make the thickest synths seem tame in comparison and carries a 20-a-day raspiness capable of making heartfelt ballads sound edgy. Those vocals are the magic ingredient, saving potentially limp tracks from extinction. But it’s equally impressive to hear how confidently the debut holds itself together, flitting between styles but always shining a spotlight on a legitimate pop sensation. She’s the real deal.

Excerpt Taken From Article On NME Written By Jamie Milton

English pop singer Dua Lipa showcased a throwback vibe and a knack for catchy pop with soulful grit, much like SiaJessie 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 Lipa attended Sylvia Young Theater School (Rita OraAmy Winehouse) until the age of 13, when she relocated to Kosovo with her family. However, the move wouldn’t last very long, and 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 ReyBruno Mars).

Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa

 Her shimmery debut single, “New Love,” was followed up with the soulful “Be the One.” Longlisted for the prestigious BBC’s Sound of 2016, Dua Lipa released “Hotter Than Hell” and “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” in 2016, coinciding with a tour throughout the spring and summer. While “Hotter Than Hell” went on to break the Top 20 in the U.K., in 2017 she earned the distinction of having three simultaneously charting singles in the U.K. Top 15 with “Be the One,” “Scared to Be Lonely” with Martin Garrix, and “No Lie” with Sean Paul.

The Self-Titled Tour is the third official headlining concert tour by Dua Lipa. It is in support of her self-titled debut album Dua Lipa. The tour is scheduled to begin on October 5, 2017, in BrightonUnited Kingdom. Dua Lipa announced the European leg of the tour on May 12, 2017. She stated that the tour will come to North America as well but those dates will be announced later. Pre-sale for the European leg began on May 16, 2017. The Self-Titled Tour is the first headline tour by Lipa to include a VIP ticket option, which includes a meet and greet with Lipa, early access to the show, among other things.

Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa

On Friday (July 7), British dark-pop princess Dua Lipa dropped a visual for “New Rules,” a breakup track from her self-titled debut album.

Filmed by Henry Schofield at Miami Beach’s Confidante Hotel on Collins Avenue — which is home to the city’s historic Art Deco buildings and extravagant nightclubs — Lipa and her girl gang are dancing in sync while clothed in a soft, pastel color palette.

The music video opens up with Lipa in a muted yellow minidress — one of her style staples — layered with a purple and green tropical-inspired, tie-front blouse. She accessorizes the look with a classic yellow gold chain-link choker and complementary stacked rings.

To enhance her natural beauty, the former model’s complexion is glowing with a light, iridescent highlighter on her cheeks and a clear, glittery gloss on her lips. Pulling it all together is a pair of flirty lashes and a perfected feline flick.

Halfway through the video, the singer and her girlfriends are clad in coordinating waffle-weave robes while primping for a night out — brushing each other’s hair and applying pink lipstick — before they all don crop tops and mini bandage skirts for a night out in South Beach.

As the evening turns into day and Miami’s sun shines bright, Lipa and her crew hit the pool while synchronizing their dance moves. Lipa is rocking a pair of gold-rimmed aviator sunnies with a yellow lens, a black triangle bikini set with a black sarong, a bright blue open-front crop top, and red lace-up sandals.

“New Rules” is the seventh single from Dua’s debut album Dua Lipa, which arrived June 2. Watch the full music video below: