Dua Lipa’s Musical Journey- Hailing as the ‘Pop’s New Superstar’

Dua Lipa

She left her parents and two younger siblings in the family’s local Kosovo whilst she was 15 years old and lived in London on her own. Her goal, at least as far as her parents could say, was to graduate high school and then enrol in a university. Lipa, on the other hand, had shifted her attention to music by the moment she graduated. She started uploading covers online and recording catchy originals she co-wrote while working as a hostess in London’s Soho neighbourhood. It is enticing to believe the now 25-year-old was correct a decade after she left home.

Dua Lipa on Future Nostalgia 

Lipa’s sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, topped the UK’s album chart and had been certified gold in the US last year. It contains sticky vocal melodies, shimmering guitar licks, and insane bass lines. The project’s disco-throwback lead single, Don’t Start Now, has also been streamed nearly 2 billion times on YouTube and Spotify. 

Dua disclosed that her latest album, Future Nostalgia, was an effort to capture the sound of swank music from the 1970s and 1980s. And as per the 25-year-old singer, her top-charting songs such as IDGAF and New Rules, which helped her gain fame, were only linked to her voice. But she was not through with the Future Nostalgia world yet. Lipa’s “Prisoner” collaboration with Miley Cyrus, “Un Da” with J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Tainy, that she’ll be presently nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and “Not My Concern” with J.I.D. were all released last month. 

Obtaining the honour of ‘Pop’s new superstar’

Dua Lipa’s prosperity has been dubbed the “dawning of a new superstar” by her label’s co-chairman Tom Corson, who lauded the singer’s musical development from over years in the industry. Sarah Hudson, a veteran songwriter, praised Dua in the conversation, saying she brings a “true star quality to the songs” and that she is “slightly mystical.” Dua Lipa’s music stands out from the crowd of the pack due to its different texture of her voice, which has led to her rapid rise to fame.

Over 5 million people watched an extensive Studio 54-themed Livestream in November, which included cameos from Elton John, Bad Bunny, and Kylie Minogue, the latter of whom applauded Lipa’s “clever songwriting” and “immediately identifiable voice” in a tribute she penned when Time magazine named Lipa to its Next 100 list of young influencers. 

A history of Dua Lipa’s music over the years leading her to be called the Pop’s new superstar

Lipa put in the effort to get to this stage. With the launch of her self-titled debut album in 2017, the singer solidified her status as a female force in pop music. Listeners were captivated by songs such as the beguiling synth-pop anthem “Be the One” as well as the club-ready “Blow Your Mind (Mwah).” But it was the inspiring smash “New Rules,” with its catchy lyrics and GIF-able music video featuring women holding and inspiring one another while dancing sleepover-themed dance moves, that sparked a viral craze. 

Dua Lipa and the ensuing success of “New Rules” enabled Lipa to win a GRAMMY for Best New Artist in 2019 as well as an online nickname (“Dula Peep”) and paved the way for her to become a pop superstar. Lipa continued to drive herself after her self-titled album founded her as a headlining pop rival. 

The pandemic’s aftermath provided an opportunity for her to push herself. The pop album release cycle is traditionally well-organized, with single releases, music videos, and upcoming tour carefully scheduled. Unprecedented occasions, on the other hand, cannot be anticipated: According to The New York Times, as Lipa’s 85-city arena tour was postponed, there had been talks in her camp about delaying the release of Future Nostalgia before the album’s live stream was released and an immediate release became essential. All this was going on amid the world’s collective trauma and sorrow over COVID. Future Nostalgia offered the escapism that people all over the world were searching for. 

GRAMMY Awards Show

The award for Best Pop Vocal Album went to Dua Lipa’s album “Future Nostalgia.” She also got the second-most nominations this year, trailing only Beyoncé. She won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2019 and the Grammy Award for Best Dance Album for her Silk City project “Electricity.” 

The majority of the songs from the winning album, “Future Nostalgia,” have stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for years. The song “Levitating,” featuring DaBaby, is one of the most famous party songs. 

Dua Lipa’s appearance at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards was a return to Studio 54, or more precisely, a progression of her Studio 2054 virtual concert experience from November.

The hit single “Don’t Start Now,” which is up for Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards, is just the kind of serene, disco-inflected track you would hear while skating backwards at a 1970s roller rink. “Physical,” a candy-coated house pop track with ’80s aerobics touchstones, and “Break My Heart,” a sparkly disco-funk jaunt with swaggering guitar riffs, proceeded. (From its songs themselves to the neon leotards in the videos, the album’s retro-futuristic slant pervaded it all.) 

Lipa understood how cathartic her music had been for her followers. “Don’t Start Now” for its refrain (“Don’t turn up/Don’t come out”) and “Break My Heart” for its very timely chorus were among the album’s lockdown anthems that earned the meme treatment (“I should have stayed home”). 

Further to this year’s GRAMMY Awards, it’ll be fascinating to see how Dua Lipa develops as an artist. How will she push the limits of pop next, given that Future Nostalgia was such a sonic departure from her debut? 

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