| Dua Lipa (born 22 August 1995) is an English singer, songwriter and model. She was born in London on 22 August 1995 to ethnic Albanian parents from Kosovo who had left Pristina in the 1990s. She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School before moving to Kosovo with her family in 2008. At the age of 16 she moved back to London with aspirations of becoming a singer. Shortly after, she began working as a model. Lipa grew up listening to her father, the Kosovar Albanian rock singer Dukagjin Lipa. At the age of 14 she began posting covers of her favourite songs by artists such as Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado on YouTube.
In 2015, Lipa began working on her debut album for Warner Bros. Records. In August 2015, she released her first single "New Love", produced by Emile Haynie and Andrew Wyatt. She released her second single "Be the One", written by Lucy "Pawws" Taylor, in October 2015. Lipa has said that "Be the One is the only song on my album I haven't written ... [but] I couldn't not take it, it's my favourite thing." Lipa describes her musical style as "dark pop". On 30 November 2015, she was revealed as one of the acts on the BBC Sound of...2016 long list. Her first tour in the UK and Europe began in January 2016. In November 2016, Dua concluded her tour through Europe.
On 18 February 2016, Lipa released her third single "Last Dance", followed by "Hotter Than Hell" on 6 May. On 26 August, her fifth overall single "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" was released. Her self-titled debut studio album was released on June 2nd, 2017.