Ever wonder what song is most suitable for the late stages of a drunken college house party? You know that point just before you head into town and you might want to have an impromptu rave in the sitting room with phone camera flash lights? Well, from personal experience, few songs fit better than the lead single from the debut album by English pop singer, Dua Lipa. Who ever said this blog did not answer the hard questions?
Be The One would go on to be a massive global hit in the aftermath of its official release in October 2015. A song about how perseverance and self belief can help you achieve anything that you want in life, it marked out the kind of independent vibe that would be prevalent in Lipa’s music from here onwards.
Dua Lipa began her engagement with music by posting a selection of covers on her YouTube channel when she was fourteen years old. Lipa was born in London but would move back to Kosovo, the land of her father’s birth, at an early age. However, she would eventually realise that her music career was unlikely to gain any real traction with by just uploading YouTube videos and she decided to move back to Camden at the age of 16 with a group of friends to develop her career.
After a brief period of working as a model in London, Dua Lipa would eventually get picked up by Warner Music Group, and she would quickly start working on her debut album. August 2015 would see the first official release from the singer the surprisingly dark and atmospheric, New Love, which would demonstrate that Lipa was trying for something deeper than what would normally be expected for a young female pop vocalist. It also helped to highlight the impressive vocal ability of the young performer.
After a sequence of single releases, including the commercially successful single Blow Your Mind (Mwah), the self titled debut album from the Armenia-English singer would be released in early June 2017. The album would be a critically successful release with music commentators praising the confident songwriting and intelligent investigation of the different themes present throughout the release. Critics also specifically highlighted the maturity of Lipa’s voice which managed to stand out on each recording, even amongst the heavy synths on some of the tracks.
Late July of 2017 would see the release of Lipa’s most successful single to date, the fantastic New Rules. A song with a theme of female empowerment and friendship, along with the magnificent accompanying video, the track which featured a mix of tropical pop and EDM musical genres would go on to be the singer’s first ever UK no.1 and would become the first female UK no. 1 since Hello by Adele in 2015.
“No, I won’t let you down, oh no”