Dua Lipa

15 albums, 94 tracks

Born in Aug 22, 1995

R&B

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"Dua Lipa"

May 31, 2019

How Many Memories With The Album Of Dua Lipa

JorgeDiaz
Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio  / 6 mins read
#DuaLipa#Pop#SelfTitled#DancePop#SynthPop

I did not expect much when I decided to listen to the album of Dua Lipa that bears her name and that until now is the only album delivered by the singer although with different versions in different countries. Some with more or fewer themes but in general, they all give us an idea of ​​what is her musical bet and cover letter for the future. In fact, in a very short time, this artist has been considered to be part of important international events and several artists of the moment take her into account for their productions. The lights went immediately over her. It is noted that both Dua Lipa and her record company knew what they had in hand to invest so much money in her album release and presentation, you do not always see that with new artists and that confirms the security they had that everything would be a success. And they were not wrong. An album for which a GIF was created in each of the themes to turn it into a visual experience, in addition, many videos and all well done, which means a lot of money, so I understand that the risk was well calculated. And so it was, as soon as the songs were coming out everywhere, people turned to meet this charismatic actress and, at the same time, enigmatic for many markets that are not accustomed to a beauty that, although born in London and has all the Anglo-Saxon culture well assimilated, has its ethnic roots in Kosovo and all the exotic that it means for the Anglo-Saxon public. Almost immediately and after releasing this album in 2017, her image is related to many of the aspirations of the British and North American female audience and the wet dreams of the male audience around the world. Her deep voice, unusual in pop stars, makes her unique in the market at this time and is probably the element that complements the sensuality of her image. The videos always highlight her beauty, which explodes naturally and reflects what many girls of her age nowadays want to become. The songs are basically made to dance at the disco and the content of the lyrics reflect the stage that not only Dua Lipa is living, but all guys of her age. In addition, and for strictly personal reasons, all the material of this album relates to the world that revolves around fashion and glamor. The rhythms and the musicalization, as well as many of the images used in her videos, transport me immediately to that world, a world that I knew up close and that brings back many memories.

Many Want To Be Like Dua Lipa

After working in the United Kingdom in a large company dedicated exclusively to fashion, with clothes from the greatest designers in the world, I was able to get to know that environment where money is not a problem and what matters is to be fashion at any price and distinguish yourself from others, although in many cases you look pathetic, but you are in fashion and that is what counts for many, I had the opportunity to live with people from many countries and different languages ​​and I could meet many who once were models or aspired to be models. Their mentality was very different from mine, which was more cultivated in music and business, however, with this inclination of mine to try to learn a little of everything and analyze the why of things, I did an excellent chemistry with almost all of them, to make an effort to know more about them, after all, they were my colleagues and friends, I appreciated them and they appreciated me. Then I could understand what their longings and frustrations were, what gave them meaning in their life and what made them sad. When I had the opportunity to talk to the girls who worked with me, in their talks they described how they would have liked to be and the way in which they put on makeup, dressed, and dyed and fixed their hair to look like others. More than one told me that would have loved to have eyes of a different color to theirs (predominantly blue), as the description continued, in my mind was formed an image of what they told me and several years later, when Dua Lipa appeared in I said the musical scene: "It's her!" that's the image that was created in my mind when I put the puzzle together with the pieces of her descriptions. Probably that is the secret of the singer's quick and resounding success, she is the living image of what many would like to be in countries where the physical characteristics of their race are diametrically opposed to this girl's. Black hair, brown-skinned, bushy eyebrows, brown eyes, a beautiful body, sensuality inherent in her personality and that voice so distinctive of everything we are hearing at the moment, make her a role model for many.

What You Can Not Solve

You probably find the subject I've played for this album and this artist frivolous, however, one of the things I could learn at that stage that I am talking about now, is that people have different ways of thinking and feeling, have different ways of interpreting their role in life and many of them have motivators that, for some they may seem little committed to the rest of the people or even hollow. However, I think one of the greatest lessons I could gather from all these lovely people who surrounded me was that it does not make much sense to worry about the problems that you cannot solve and I find a lot of reason in it. Sometimes life should not be so stormy, and we can make a minimum effort to find something that, although superficial for many, gives us a little joy without so many complications. That was for me the passing of the years at that time, surrounded by people who dreamed of being something very similar to what Dua Lipa projects today and nothing more. And that's fine, I believe.

May 08, 2019

Stand Up To Dance & Stand Up To Him

MicheleSmith
Written by @MicheleSmith / 1 mins read
#DuaLipa#DancePop#Pop#SynthPop

This album is not only lit, but if you’ve had a gorgeous but manipulative man in your life, then a song like “New Rules” really becomes a sort of blueprint anthem for the real drama that consumes you in such crises. Because we all know, we are willing to overlook certain bs during late night moments of weakness. I always ended up feeling like crap after we hooked up when we shouldn’t have, and meanwhile he’s just on to the next with out a care in the world, committed to nothing but himself, even though his texts said otherwise. Yeah, finally I got smart – as the song was trying to show me, I had to ghost him for as long as it would take, until someone much better came in to my life.

May 08, 2019

One Of The Top Two Most Beautiful Pop Stars I’ve Ever Seen Or Heard

dust2dust
Written by @dust2dust / 1 mins read
#DuaLipa#DancePop#Pop#ReggaePop#SynthPop

Besides Selena Gomez, I would say the pop star I find the most beautiful is Dua Lipa. I guess I have a thing for brunettes. All the girls I tend to like at school are – yep, brunettes. But just because their hair color is the same doesn’t mean that they look or sound the same. When I’m in a Dua Lipa mood, I am fascinated by how tall she is, her lips, her dance moves, and I can hear how she is actually a more talented singer at her core. Then there is the music. There’s more dance songs, instead of (though still really great) more synth pop or slow songs from Selena. I would jump at the opportunity to date either of them, but I don’t mind admitting, I am definitely too short for Dua. That’s ok, Selena by default, lol. She is more my size.

May 08, 2019

No Goodbyes, Just Good Nights

dream_incolour
Written by @dream_incolour / 1 mins read
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When I listen to the Dua Lipa album I am transported back to a particular experience I had with a boy who I liked but didn’t know extremely well because he was just visiting. I could trust him because he was a cousin of the boyfriend of one of my girlfriends. The party all met at a ping pong and retro gaming arcade that had a bar inside – it was really cool but really loud. So he had no choice but to lean in a lot when we were speaking, so we could hear each other’s conversation. His eyes, his scent, his words, and the dim glow in that place really felt magical. As it got later, we continued this intense chemistry back at his airbnb. That night I refused to worry about him only being their for a visit, and to this day I feel every word and sound of Dua Lipa’s “No Goodbyes.”

Mar 22, 2019

Dua Lipa (Deluxe) Is The Album That Liberates Pop From Years Of Mediocrity, Due To Lipa’s Ability To Nail Precise Sounds And Styles

taylor
Written by @taylor / 11 mins read
#DuaLipa#DuaLipaDeluxe#Pop#DancePop#SynthPop#ReggaeFusion

I don’t have much of a personal story related to Dua Lipa, but a couple observations. Such as – when she first hit the scene, I was immediately struck, not by her absolute beauty, but by the fact that she had brown hair. Not colored blonde or seafoam rainbow. But natural. And what else was natural, besides her look, was her voice. Not even the faintest wobble of autotune support. Just raw soul laden over Pop tracks. I assumed this breath of fresh air would somehow dissipate in popularity for some trivial reason, and above all, I assumed in a cynical fashion that the very young singer would not have much more depth than the couple of singles that I had heard. Boy, was I wrong, as song after song, there was something very ‘old head’ about the girl, like she had actually physically experienced the various music scenes that all had their heyday before she was born. What’s more, these weren’t simply retro takes, but rather brand new patches freshly stitched into a rich sonic quilt. More than just another Synth Pop song or piece of Tropical EDM Pop with no sense of musical possibility, a New Wave brilliance of romance and funk shape a clear bop called “Genesis”, priming me for the precision sound of the whole album with this first track. There are tons of older New Wave influences throughout, recalling the sound of Prince collaborators Andre Cymone and Jessie Johnson, or Prince himself for that matter, but even in this, there is an appeal to contemporary Pop convention which help cement Dua Lipa’s mass appeal too – ultimately though, Dua Lipa is a perfectionist and well versed in the multiverse of sounds and influences that are just begging to be incorporated into new Pop music by the ones willing to take risks. Even “New Rules”, arguably the most popular song on the album, is risky, because in many places, the formulaic elements present could have taken over, yet instead, the song serves as an introduction to a whole world of trippy beats and funky tricks. Lipa in my opinion is the best Pop Artist in the industry now, and her strengths are not one-note; she simply can’t be summed up by lines like ‘oh, she is so soulful’ or ‘oh, she understands real House music’ or ‘oh, she knows how to make Reggae Fusion not sound so typical.’ Rather, I have a theory that any style of music would be fair game for such a keen musical mind.

A Keen Musical Mind Approaches All Genres With The Same Passion

While it’s hard to pick a favorite song on an album chock full of multi-genre bangers, I will just have to rely on my goosebump meter, and no other song gives me a body high quite like the hyper romance and synthetic Pop perfection of “Lost in Your Light.” It completely arrests me, seeps into me, and it all starts with the sophisticated choice of chords used, that serve as the beating heart of the whole song which never ceases to be compelling or redundant. The actual motoring sound of the synth used is some of the best in the business, but what especially makes this song stand out is the laid back yet aching delivery of both Dua Lipa and Miguel’s voices, whether they sing languidly on the verses, or stretch out their words on the chorus, making sure to add compellingly haunted notes here and there to break up the melody and ensure that it is a track that is eternally re-listenable. For me at least, this was the Pop song of the year, and one of the most romantic things I have ever heard. “Hotter Than Hell” finds Lipa applying one of her most rockin’ versions of her vocals, approaching a lot of the same flavor that Miley Cyrus often exhibits, and here, she nails the vocals in a belt-out-to-the-sky way. Minimizing the epic-ness of her voice somewhat is the fact that, while the song is appropriately loud in all the proper places, and heavy hitting on the toms and bass drum, it is quite typical of the genre. Switch this out for Alessia Cara’s “Wild Things”, and it is basically the same vibe. “Be the One” continues the all encompassing sound of love exhibited on “Lost in Your Light”, with only the best synth and vocal reverb being applied, as Lipa sings in a far off way which makes you want to seek her out in the middle of whatever ethereal environment her siren call emanates from – and likewise, she is also searching for something intangible – someone who sees red when she sees blue, and it is her hope that she can be his ‘one’, hoping that their opposite qualities will attract.

This Megastar Pivots From Chart Topping Dance Songs To Sultry R&B Like It’s Nothing

“IDGAF” has a child-like harmony to it, already made most popular in recent years by artists ZEDD and Sia, yet the hook here is decidedly more of a Lipa version, as with the accompanying beat, the sound leans more towards the odd and original. I like how the guitar line is languid and syncopated, while the other rhythms seem to be going at brisker rate, with everything tied together by the occasional piano rhythm creeping in and out. Though the beat is a concussive boom clap one, as one can tell by the choreography displayed in the video, this can be a dance song, though I generally feel it leans more toward Alt Rock and head nodding. It’s interesting how today’s Soul music is actually run by Brit artists, though we would never know it, as they copy American accents. “Blow Your Mind (MWAH)” is one of the few songs where Dua Lipa allows her London accent, tinged with a Caribbean patois, to come through on the verses, yet by the time of the big hook, it is decidedly Chicago House Vocals and an infectious booming dance beat. “Garden” is one of several marching beats on this album, and probably the most boring of all, and the song is not really improved by the mixing in of Reggae Fusion rhythm. Cool little digital dub effects give color and some excitement, though I would say this is a sort of flat ballad. The only thing that stands out for me is that Lipa sings with the same attitude and inflection as Annie Lennox here. “No Goodbyes” is the very typical Pop Love ballad replete with pounding toms and the Shangri-La’s late drum hits, and honestly, because it sounds so close to other Pop acts’ material, a song like this simply doesn’t move me, yet, even this track benefits from Lipa’s sense of style and innovation, where there is nice piano section which is unexpected, underscored by these cool faint guitar line rhythms that remind me of the robbery scene soundtrack in the movie Heat. On “Thinking ‘Bout You’ I am mesmerized by the raw rasp and soulful vibrato that this singer can produce, and especially love the little emotive ‘yips’ and ‘squeaks’ at the end of certain words, while the acoustic here is supersized by little odd melodic notes and ultimately a hard R&B beat – allowing Lipa to channel Lauryn Hill’s desperate aching emotion in several bittersweet areas. “New Rules” is easily the most famous song on the whole album, and is one of the oddest Dance Pop songs to come out in years – containing all of the bubblegum production of a Katy Perry or Taylor Swift, except it is so much more challenging in every way. Starting off as a list-styled song where the rules to keep an ex at bay is supposed to mirror a countdown to the break, this part of the song is almost designed to sound wonky if you will – and absolutely, if the song was nothing more than this Egyptian Lover type melody line, I would have ended up hating it, yet flipping the song upside down, at the end of this countdown, instead of a straightforward beat, we are blessed instead with a tripped up, behind the beat fill which throws the explosive downbeat of the hook off in a super funky way – slapping the listener in the face and motivating them to actually dance they’re ass off in a more excited, skippy way than what a typical four on the floor beat could have achieved.

A Phenomenal Portfolio Of Work Makes Me Impatient For Her Sophomore Album

Something about Dua Lipa’s vocal uniqueness really comes through on “Begging” – and where I find a bazillion other female artists tend to mimic each other with a couple obvious similarities such as over breathiness and out of the nose moaning, Lipa’s just doesn’t contain any of that trickery for me, as she can hit any place she sends her voice, adding a little lilt here and there for style – and not because she lacks the resources to close her delivery. “Begging” also shows off how styling’ both Lipa and her production team are, as a track that could have been dull and too-simple-too follow is energized by an unpredictable yet attractive dance rhythm, mixing hi-tech sounds with jumpy funk that could have accompanied either a Chaka Khan or Nu Shooz song from the mid eighties. “Homesick” is a final song that is soft and warm, showcasing high notes from Dua Lipa what show her range can move beyond low and husky vocals. The reverb here is present but not overdone, and the simplicity of a piano and two voices harmonizing (thanks to guest Chris Martin) is sometimes all you need to translate such emotions; “when I'm walking on water / all my dreams have come true / still, nothing means nothing / without you, you.” Here, Lipa is explaining to us that even after accomplishing fame and success, there is an emptiness in her life that is tied to a lover and his location. Though the word ‘homesick’ is not mentioned, the idea of a couple and a life together in some familiar hometown is what the mind conjures up. Bonus songs that actually feel like bonuses are a rarity these days, yet each of the 5 new songs included here on Dua Lipa (Deluxe) are stellar, and quite distinct from each other to boot. “Dreams” is a sultry and soulful Diva House techno number, initially mixing a nineties New York vibe with Euro Dance, yet then out of nowhere, the song switches to an equally effective Reggae Fusion rhythm. I am both fascinated and thrilled by this seamless transition, but this achievement comes as small surprise, as Londoners have always been some of the most attuned artists at mixing several electronica trends on one track. “Dreams” is exactly the eclectic style of dance song which London Braxton duo Basement Jaxx is famous for producing, which is probably why I respond especially well to it. “Room for 2” is a hazy and freakin’ sexy downtempo march, which thankfully doesn’t stick eternally to it’s layered tempo, deciding to take out lots of the instrumental elements out during the measure part to just focus on Lipa’s hypnotic delivery and a very melodic bump of the bass-line – managing to also fit in a piano-noted bridge. With “New Love”, this additional downtempo march has me worried that it will be the same concept repeated, yet this song has a digital ace up its sleeve, hitting ridiculously emotional chords that cascade with synth while Lipa applies such a low and soulful voicing. “Bad Together” keeps things moving with explosive sound design, especially on the orchestra hits, and while there is a similarity here with the energy and melody line of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”, it is subtle one – and besides, this song is more moody, reliant on a busy Trap based back beat rather than the bubbly club one. The last song is appropriately called “Last Dance” and it is a tribal House beat that is noticeable because of its 808 bass line, definitely designed for girls rolling to a Miami night club. With that, the album is finished and a complete success, with tons of replay value. By the time I play this one out though, it will probably be about time to hear her next highly anticipated album, which she says will be influenced by Prince – which is the perfect sonic lane for her, as she understands the various tones that made his music so haunting, funky, and catchy at the same time.

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Biography

"Dua Lipa"

Born

    1995-08-22

Active

    2015–present

Label

  • Warner Bros.
  • Vertigo

About

Dua Lipa (/ˈduːə ˈliːpə/; born 22 August 1995) is an English singer and songwriter. After signing with Warner Music Group in 2015, she soon released her first single "New Love".
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