Dua Lipa, the British pop queen, is set to arrive in Australia for the ARIA Awards next week, so we thought it only fitting to celebrate by sharing 19 killer facts about her.
Dua’s debut self-titled album is already multi-Platinum in several countries around the world, thanks to bangers like IDGAF and New Rules, as well as collaborations with heavyweights like Diplo and Mark Ronson (Silk City) like Electricity.
She recently released the insanely groovy Don’t Start Now, which she’s been performing all over the world, and she’ll be performing it at Sydney’s annual Mardi Gras in 2020 to bring her good vibes to Australia’s LGBTQI+ community.
1. The name Dua Lipa is not a stage name.
Dua Lipa is her given name (which is pronounced ‘Doer Leaper’). She claims she didn’t like it as a kid, but she later realized it saved her from having to come up with a stage name!
2. Her given name in Albanian means ‘love.’
Dua was born in London to Albanian parents from Kosovo, but she returned to live there in 2008.
3. Her father is also a singer.
Dua’s father, Dukagjin Lipa, also works in the music industry as a musician and the founder of the Sunny Hill Festival in Kosovo. We believe he is Dua’s biggest fan based on his Instagram feed.
4. Her choir director said she couldn’t sing.
Dua was 11 years old when her choir teacher told her she couldn’t sing because her voice was too low. If they could only see her right now!
5. She’s toured with some major acts.
If you’re a fan of Bruno Mars, Troye Sivan, or Coldplay, you might have seen Dua on tour as a support act. When it comes to Coldplay…
6. Chris Martin contributed to her album.
Dua met with the Coldplay frontman in Miami last year to collaborate on a song. It ended up as the final track on her self-titled album, Homesick, which features Chris on uncredited guest vocals. “It was supposed to be just me [singing] at first, but I begged him to join in. ‘You have to be on this song!’ I thought. And he concurred. It’s the album’s most beautiful song. I believe it really brings everyone in for a good cry “NME was told by her. He is also listed as a co-writer.
7. She left home when she was 15 years old.
Dua returned from Kosovo to London, where she shared a flat with some friends in order to pursue a career in music. “The cooking and cleaning… that was difficult.” “I mean, it was difficult to realize that no one was going to clean up after me!” Last year, Dua told NME. “Stuff like that really pushed me to mature before my time.” When my mother came to visit, she opened my wardrobe and asked, ‘What are all these clothes for?’ “I thought to myself, ‘Those are all the dirty clothes I’ve never washed!'”
8. She, like many other artists, has uploaded YouTube covers.
“When I was 15 years old, I used to post covers online, but it was never one of those things that went viral; it was more of a way for me to use it as a portfolio,” Dua says. She performed I’d Rather Go Blind by Etta James and Here by Alessia Cara.
9. She worked on the door of a Mayfair nightclub.
Dua, like every other artist trying to make it, had to work non-musical jobs. She worked the door at a nightclub and frequently had to deny her own friends entry because they were wearing sneakers.
10. She was signed when she was 18 years old.
Warner Bros signed Dua three years after she returned to London to pursue music full-time. “I remember calling my parents in Kosovo and telling them they needed to get a flight to London so they could come to the signing,” she recalls.
11. The video for New Rules has a lot of views on YouTube.
Since the video’s release in July 2017, Dua’s famous break-up anthem New Rules has received 1.9 billion YouTube views. Alison Wonderland, an Australian party starter, remixed the track shortly after it was released.
12. She was one of Spotify’s most streamed female artists.
She was the most streamed female at one point, but Camila Cabello recently surpassed her. She has a monthly audience of 37 million people! With nearly 64 million monthly listeners, Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist.
13. She is the first female artist to be nominated for five Brit Awards.
Dua was nominated for five Brit Awards in 2018, including British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, MasterCard British Album Of The Year (Dua Lipa), British Single Of The Year (New Rules), and British Video Of The Year (New Rules). She won two awards: British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
14. She received a key to her hometown in Kosovo.
Dua returned to Prishtina, Kosovo, in 2018 to receive the city’s first key from the mayor0
15. She and a fan have identical tattoos.
A Spanish fan once approached Dua and informed her that they had the same ‘angel’ tattoo that Dua has on her shoulder. They’ll be twinning for the rest of their lives!
16. She’s a spelling bee.
Dua claims she isn’t good at anything besides singing EXCEPT spelling, though we’re sure she has a few other skills.
17. She collaborated on music with Ariana Grande at the age of 20.
In addition to working with Diplo, Mark Ronson, Romy from The xx, and Florence Welch in the studio, Dua also collaborated with Ariana Grande on a song. Unfortunately, Dua doesn’t think it’ll ever see the light of day; hopefully, they’ll be back in the vocal booth together soon.
18. She has a crush on Robbie Williams.
Robbie Williams, the resident bad boy of British pop, has stolen a piece of Dua’s heart. “My mum had a crush on him when I was really young, and I saw him at the iTunes festival and I was life yeah, he’s pretty fit,” she says in a recent interview.
19. She also adores Tupac.
If you ever take Dua to karaoke, she’ll allegedly belt out a killer rendition of Tupac’s Changes.