Dua Lipa is about to lead a new British music invasion that’s likely to race ahead of such UK stars as Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding. Lipa exudes the exotic sensuality of Ora and the power pop vocals of Goulding with a steely determination to get to the top.
“For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know? For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured,” she told British GQ in an new interview.
Lipa began her career as a YouTube sensation. She started posting songs when she was 14 and built up a huge UK following, enough to attract the attention of Warner Records.
Her self-titled debut studio album was released last June. The sixth single off the album, “New Rules,” became Lipa’s first No. 1 song in the UK.
The breakout mega-hit also reached one billion hits on YouTube, making her the youngest female solo artist to earn that distinction.
The song resonated with her because it was about female empowerment. It was written by two women, Emily Warren and Caroline Ailin, who only wanted Lipa to sing it.
Lipa’s success was solidified in January, when she won best British Breakthrough Act and best British Female Solo Artist at the UK Brit Awards, the equivalent of the Grammys in the United States.
The UK singer is working on new material for her second album, with MNEK who co-wrote her single “IDGAF.” She also collaborated with electronic music producer Whethan on a song for the “Fifty Shades Freed” soundtrack.
“Dua is so much fun to work with,” MNEK tells the US edition of L’Officiel magazine, which also features her.
“She’s a great writer, really open, full of ideas, song titles, and concepts. Jamaica was rainier than we all anticipated, but we had a lot of laughs and it was very productive. It’s definitely a new vibe for her, but it’s early stages—all subject to change,” he adds.
The new album is “very much dance crying,” she tells British GQ.
“It is a pop album that you’re going to be able to dance to, but a lot of the songs are sad. They’re about heartbreak and they’re about going through some emotional manipulation. It kind of sucks that that’s the thing that really triggers my creativity, but happy things don’t seem to do it for me.”
Earlier this month, she lent her voice to a dance track “One Kiss” written by Calvin Harris.
In the United States, she toured last year in support of her debut album, hitting small venues in 14 U.S. cities and Toronto, Canada. She also appeared in February as musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.”
Check out her photos and some clips from her performance earlier this month in Dublin.