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Dua Lipa (born 22 August 1995) is an English pop singer, songwriter and model. Her parents are Albanians from Kosovo, who moved back to Kosovo with her for a few years in her youth before she moved back to London alone to become a singer and model. She's currently signed with the UK subsidiary of Warner (Bros.) Records. Her first single "New Love" was released in October 2015.

Her self-titled debut album was released in June 2017, featuring the hit single "New Rules", which became her second #1 song in the United Kingdom (after being part of a charity cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire), as well as her first top ten single in the United States. The album itself was placed in the top 20 of three websites' "Best Albums of 2017" list, even being named the 9th best of the year by Rolling Stone. Her sophomore album, Future Nostalgia was released in March 2020 to much critical acclaim.


Selected discography:

  • Dua Lipa (2017)
  • Future Nostalgia (2020)

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  • An Aesop: In "New Rules", if your ex wants you back but you want to move on, don't talk to them ("#1: Don't pick up the phone; he's only calling because he's drunk and alone."), don't see them ("#2: Don't let him in [to your home]; you'll have to kick him out again."), and don't be their friend ("#3: Don't be his friend; you know you'll wake up in his bed in the morning."), because you're just giving them a chance to make you think that you need each other ("And if you're under [them], you ain't getting over him.").
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: A good version of this trope. The "New Rules" video features a group of girls that follow Dua around and stop her from having any contact with her ex-boyfriend. Halfway through, she's shown to have listened to them, and at the end, she joins the group and helps them do the same to another girl.
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  • Ascetic Aesthetic: The "IDGAF" video takes place in a circular white room projected with soft colored lights.
  • Break Up Song: "New Rules" and "IDGAF" qualify as this.
  • The Commandments: "New Rules" features three rules that Dua holds whenever she breaks up with a boyfriend: don't call him, don't let him into your home, and don't be his friend.
  • Either/Or Title: "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)"
  • Embarrassing First Name: While the meaning is beautiful, she had admitted that she did not like her first name when she grew up, since it is an obviously ethnic name in Britain. However, her opinion changed after her rise to stardom, as its uniqueness meant that she did not have to adopt a Stage Name.
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "Future Nostalgia" is about how she's an "alpha female" and she needs a man who can handle how awesome she is.
  • I Can't Dance: For all of her amazing talents, she really can't dance. Though for the videos from Future Nostalgia, she has showed some improvement.
  • Leotard of Power: She wears one in the "Physical" workout video.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Dua's father, Dukagjin Lipa, is also a musician. She says that she learned to sing from him.
  • List Song: Dua lists her new rules about her lover in "New Rules".
  • Love Is a Drug: "Hallucinate" describes a love that is like a (hallucinogenic) drug, one that Dua is addicted to.
  • Magical Girl: The video for "Physical" is very Animesque all around and she becomes one of these, with a transformation of course.
  • Meaningful Name: Dua Lipa's first name means "Love" in Albanian. Considering how love seems to be a recurring theme in her songs, this is fitting.
  • Multicolored Hair: For the Future Nostalgia album era, she sported hair that’s blonde on top and brunette on the underside. She later dyed the blonde part pink and then red.
  • New Sound Album: Future Nostalgia is, as the name suggests, a mash-up of modern hip-hop inspired pop music and 80s Synth-Pop and sounds completely different than her debut album.
  • Sampling:
    • "Physical" interpolates the line "Let's get physical" from the Olivia Newton-John song of the same name.
    • "Love Again" prominently samples a horn sample from "My Woman" by Al Bowlly, one made popular (and frequently misidentified as coming from) White Town's "Your Woman".
    • "Break My Heart" samples the bass line and some guitar work from "Need You Tonight" by INXS.
  • The Oner: The beginning of the "New Rules" music video is shot in one take.
  • This Is a Song: "Boys Will Be Boys" contains the lyric, "If you're offended by this song, you must be doing something wrong."
  • One-Word Title: "Genesis", "Begging", "Cool", "Dreams", "Garden", "Hallucinate", "IDGAF", "Levitating" and "Physical".
  • Self-Titled Album: Her debut album.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Is 5'8".
  • Walk on Water: Does this in her music video for "New Rules". In reality, it was a platform placed in a pool.


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Dua Lipa, "New Rules"

Dua Lipa lays out the rules for breaking up.

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