BRITs Nominations 2018: Dua Lipa beats Ed Sheeran with five
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BRITs Nominations 2018: Dua Lipa beats Ed Sheeran with five

The ‘New Rules’ singer caps her breakthrough year with the most nominations at British music’s biggest awards ceremony.

Dua Lipa, the breakthrough pop star who scored a huge summer hit with New Rules, has earned the most nominations at the 2018 Brit awards – even beating Ed Sheeran, despite his spectacular year-long assault on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

She was nominated in the British female solo artist, breakthrough act, single and video categories, along with the night’s biggest award, British album of the year. Without being able to be nominated in the breakthrough category, Ed Sheeran is the runner-up with four nominations, for British male solo artist, video and single (each for Shape of You), and the album award for ÷, the biggest-selling album of 2017 in the UK. East London rapper J Hus and platinum-selling songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man each received three nominations.

Lipa’s competition for the female solo artist award comes from Jessie Ware, Kate Tempest, Laura Marling and Paloma Faith – all have been nominated before, with Marling and Faith winning in 2011 and 2015 respectively. Sheeran, meanwhile, is up against a strong field for male solo artist: Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Loyle Carner and Rag’n’Bone Man, aka Rory Graham, who had the second-biggest selling album of last year, and is also nominated in the album category, alongside Sheeran, Lipa, J Hus and Stormzy.

Dua Lipa is a slow-burn success who upended music industry expectations to become the most-streamed female artist in the UK last year. Her upbeat yet melancholy debut single Be the One reached the Top 10 in 2015, but followup singles ‘Hotter Than Hell‘ and ‘Blow Your Mind‘ didn’t match its success. But after her song with Dutch EDM producer Martin Garrix, ‘Scared to Be Lonely’, spent 16 weeks in the Top 40, she released ‘New Rules‘, an irrepressible track on which she sassily dispenses relationship advice with the endlessly quotable chorus: “If you’re under him, you ain’t getting over him”. It quickly ascended to No 1 and spent 10 weeks in the Top 5; its video has been viewed 888m times on YouTube, and it became her first US hit, reaching 11 on the Billboard chart.

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Dua Lipa doesn’t have a cold – FASHION Magazine
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Dua Lipa doesn’t have a cold – FASHION Magazine

Dua Lipa doesn’t have a cold, exactly.

The gold standard of celebrity profiles is “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” by Gay Talese, published in Esquire back in April 1966, when Sinatra was arguably the most powerful celebrity in America. Unlike other celebrities at the time, he didn’t need the publicity; he didn’t need to be in a magazine. Sinatra created and sold his own narrative, and so he refused to speak with Talese.

What made the profile so impressive is that, apparently, Talese didn’t need to talk to him, either. “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” is an account of Talese trailing Ol’ Blue Eyes, studying him and the constellation of stars, strivers and crooks in his orbit. No matter how often young journalists without access try to cop the premise, or how often they reference and riff on the groundbreaking feature, it only really worked when Talese did it. It turns out you need a Frank Sinatra in 1966 to pull it off.

Dua Lipa is not Frank Sinatra in 1966. And, strictly speaking, she doesn’t have a cold, either. She has strep throat. And it’s ruining her day. Just like Sinatra’s cold ruined his.

Actually, it’s ruining a lot of people’s day, including all her fans in Montreal, who won’t be able to see her in concert tonight. She was supposed to fly there after this photo shoot in Toronto, but that isn’t happening anymore. Maybe more than the strep symptoms, having to cancel her show is what’s really bringing her down. When I arrive at the studio in the afternoon, it feels like I’m walking into a funeral. The air is charged with the silence that erupts after someone unintentionally says something too real. Lipa is leaning against a random automobile. The pose could almost be mistaken for sultry, but when you look closer, you realize she’s leaning against the car for support.

Lipa looks like she might cry. I’m not Talese, but I bet even he’d have trouble profiling a pop star who’s too sick to stay vertical. Sinatra only had a cold; Lipa is thousands of kilometres from her home, with an infection in her throat that’s preventing her from doing the thing that gives this whole ordeal meaning. Without a voice, she has no purpose here. Her identity is broken. That’s not a fun situation.

Lipa looked a lot better last night.

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2017 No.1s: Dua Lipa’s Dancefloor Hits Created Crossover Success
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2017 No.1s: Dua Lipa’s Dancefloor Hits Created Crossover Success

In 2017, British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa made the leap from European sensation to global pop star. “Be the One” was a hit throughout her home continent in 2016, but it wasn’t until this year that Lipa, 22, caught on with American audiences. “Be the One,” “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” and “New Rules” all topped Billboard’s Dance Club Songs airplay chart, with the lattermost track ultimately crossing over to the top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100 — where it is still climbing.

“She’s got the balance between something that’s commercial, but which also maintains credibility, edge and personality,” says Ben Mawson, Lipa’s manager.

Kirdis Postelle, senior vp marketing, Warner Bros. Records: I remember hearing “Blow Your Mind” and thinking, “This is one of the best songs I’ve heard this year.” The hook, the sassiness of the song, that kiss [sound] in there.

Dua Lipa: A lot of [my] songs are songs to dance to, but if you really listen to the lyric, you can cry to them, too. I quite often refer to my music as “dance-crying.”

Ben Mawson: While we didn’t have a global smash before, we had 100 million streams on Spotify. We were creating a base from which to have the big hit we’re now having [“New Rules”].

Postelle: The U.S. was sort of out of step with the rest of the world. We tried to get in step with everybody else on “New Rules.”

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Dua Lipa on the cover of Nylon Germany’s January Issue
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Dua Lipa on the cover of Nylon Germany’s January Issue

Banner week, nay, banner year for Dua Lipa it has been. This week’s new cycle produced a most satisfying story, namely that Dua was the United Kingdom’s most streamed female artist on Spotify. Clearly there is something about her eponymous debut record on Warner Bros. in June of this year that made her streamed more than any other artists of her kind. It is also no accident, then that pop sensation also claims the January 2018 cover of Nylon Germany. Fans in Germany caught Dua on stage no fewer than five times in October when she was touring the country. The impression she made then ought to reignite with this issue, which arrives on newsstands tomorrow, Friday.

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Five things you didn’t know about Dua Lipa
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Five things you didn’t know about Dua Lipa

In the music industry, new stars rise and disappear on a regular basis. It can be difficult to say with confidence that a new artist is destined to be a star or if they simply had one hit song. Sometimes, however, an artist will come along with such tremendous talent that it seems obvious that they will be around for years to come. Such is the case with the talented and surging English singer, Dua Lipa.

Lipa (yes, that is her real name) has only just emerged on the scene, but her introduction to listeners has been quite dramatic. The 22-year-old has earned several awards for her work in the past couple of years. She has released 6 hit singles, several of which have appeared at the top of the UK charts. For those wondering about who Dua Lipa is, here are five of the most interesting facts about the singer.

5. She is in the family business

For most families, having a famous singer would be quite unusual and hard to get accustomed to. For Lipa, this was not the case. Although he is not known to many North Americans, Lipa’s father was actually a highly regarded musician in Kosovo. In fact, growing up listening to her father sing and perform is one of the main reasons she is a musician herself. She has stated that she grew up in a very musical household, always listening to Bob Dylan and David Bowie.

4. YouTube was important for her career

To be clear, Dua Lipa was not discovered on YouTube. However, the platform was still an important place for her to share music and build a portfolio of sorts. By the time she was 14, she was recording covers of famous artists like Nelly Furtado. Her work must have been highly impressive, as she earned herself a contract with Warner Music Group when she was only 18 years of age.

3. She lived in Kosovo

Lipa is known as a Londoner, having been born in the city and living there now. However, many fans do not realize that a major part of her life was not spent in the country, let alone the city. When she was 11, Lipa moved with her family back to Kosovo. She stayed there until she was 15 when she decided to move back to London on her own to pursue her career. Clearly, this was a risky move that paid off.

2. She worked at a nightclub 

While the lives of the rich and the famous seem glamorous, just about every star has a story about working a job they hated. Lipa is no exception. The job that she stated she couldn’t stand was actually working as a nightclub hostess. While the work wasn’t terrible, she quickly got tired of being told who to let in and who to reject. When she had to send her own friends away for not wearing nice enough shoes, she knew she had enough.

1. She was told that she couldn’t sing

Lipa has burst onto the scene with numerous singles, earning her great fame and countless fans. Her unique, powerful voice is the main reason for this success. There was a time, however, when her voice was not appreciated. When she was just 11, Lipa tried to join a school choir. She was told that her voice was too low and that she simply could not sing.

Dua Lipa appears poised to take the music industry by storm, as her first few years in the industry have been incredibly successful. She has earned awards, released popular singles, and has been highlighted as the next big thing by many major publications. With a family history in music, the courage to believe in herself, and her obvious natural talent, it is safe to say that Lipa will be dominating the charts in no time.

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“New Rules” is Dua Lipa’s third platinum single in the United Kingdom
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“New Rules” is Dua Lipa’s third platinum single in the United Kingdom

There is no stopping for Dua Lipa!

Currently on a sold-out tour around the UK, the singer’s first number one single ‘New Rules‘ has just been certified platinum in the UK. The no scrub anthem joins her debut single ‘Be the One‘ and the Martin Garrix collaboration ‘Scared to Be Lonely‘ as her third platinum-selling single.

Those three trusty rules seemed to save just about everyone in the UK this summer so it’s no surprise that it’s gone platinum in less than three months. With (the seriously underrated) ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)‘ certified silver and ‘Hotter Than Hell‘ gone gold, Dua must be getting plaques by the minute.

That’s not all, either. ‘New Rules‘ just hit number one in Belgium (her second chart-topper there!) and has gone platinum in Canada. Come on, Dua!

The ultra-cool singer is also nominated for three awards at the 2017 MTV EMAs, including Best UK & Ireland Act alongside Little Mix, Ed Sheeran and Stormzy.

Congratulations, Dua!

Dua Lipa has been working with Naughty Boy
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Dua Lipa has been working with Naughty Boy

Dua Lipa has recorded new music with Naughty Boy.

The 22-year-old singer has revealed she’s been busily collaborating with the British DJ, and she’s confirmed that their effort could even appear on Naughty Boy’s new album.

She shared: “We went to write a song for my album. I was in the studio with him and this songwriter called Emily Warren, who actually wrote ‘No Lie’.

“We wrote a song together and he really liked it so it might be on his album.”

The London-born star also revealed the unreleased track is very “personal”, although she remained tight-lipped about the subject matter.

She told The Sun newspaper: “I really don’t know what the future holds for that song but it’s a personal song. I feel really close to it.”

Dua released her self-titled debut album earlier this year, and the singer subsequently confessed that the experience of recording the album taught her a lot about herself.

Reflecting on the process, Dua said: “I learned a lot about myself. I learned about the way I like to work, I learned to try to be as much of an open book as possible. That was really important to me to learn to be more honest with myself.”

Dua also said that the process of recording the album and later, performing her songs on stage was “magical”.

The singer explained: “Being able to work with so many incredible songwriters, to get to experience how their brains work and what it takes to write a song. I think that’s really magical. Being able to perform songs live, and every night when I go out on stage that’s the closest I’ve ever been to magic. It’s really real.”

When and where will be Dua Lipa’s 2018 UK Tour – everything you need to know
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When and where will be Dua Lipa’s 2018 UK Tour – everything you need to know

FANS are excited after Dua Lipa announced a new UK and Ireland tour for 2018, with tickets going on sale very soon. The “New Rules” singer will be promoting her self-titled debut album with a selection of arena shows in April 2018 – here is all you need to know about how to get tickets.

When and where in the UK is Dua Lipa touring?

Those wanting to see Dua Lipa will need to clear their diaries for mid April 2018 as the singer will be touring between April 10 and April 20. She will kick things off with a show in Dublin on April 10, then go up to Glasgow and head south, stopping off at Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and finishing in London on April 20th.

Most arena shows begin at 6.30pm or 7pm, with ticket options including early entry and the First Loves Meet & Greet package for those who want to make the night extra special. The shows will be welcomed by fans who aren’t able to see her touring this year, as her October shows are currently sold out.

What are the Dua Lipa 2018 tour dates?

  • April 10 – Dublin, Ireland: Olympia Theatre
  • April 12 – Glasgow, UK: The SSE Hydro
  • April 14 – Manchester, UK: 02 Apollo Manchester
  • April 17 – Birmingham, UK: Genting Arena
  • April 18 – Cardiff, UK: Motorpoint Arena
  • April 20 – London, UK: Alexandra Palace

If you live in the UK and you’d like to buy a ticket, you can do this HERE.