BACKGROUND: London-born Dua spent the first 13 years of her life in England. Her unusual name stems from having Albanian parents. Dua means ‘love’ in Albanian.

BACKGROUND: London-born Dua spent the first 13 years of her life in England. Her unusual name stems from having Albanian parents. Dua means ‘love’ in Albanian.

Many music fans may wonder if Dua Lipa is a band. But it is actually the real name of an English singer, songwriter and musician who is currently enjoying a big UK hit with her fourth single, Hotter Than Hell.
“I’m so pleased to have such a successful single in Britain,” smiled 20-year-old Dua. “My second single, Be The One, did really well across much of the world. It even topped the chart in Belgium. I got platinum discs from Belgium, Italy and Australia. But I’ve always wanted a big hit in my home country.”
London-born Dua spent the first 13 years of her life in England. Her unusual name stems from having Albanian parents. Dua means ‘love’ in Albanian.
“I’ve always liked my name. I definitely didn’t want to change it for my music career. I always felt it expressed how my parents felt about having me right from the moment I was born.”
Her parents had moved to England in the early 1990s.
“They lived in the Kosovan capital of Pristina. The problems which eventually led to the Kosovan war had begun in the late 1980s. People of Albanian ethnicity were particularly targeted so my parents felt their best option was to leave.”
Dua enjoyed a comfortable and happy childhood. She inherited her musician / singer father’s talent and took up her first instrument in primary school. It was an unusual choice.
“I wanted to play the cello. I was only a little kid and there I was trying to carry this massive cello. I used to put it on my back and it would either whack me on my head or my legs. It all got too much so I gave it up.”
She loved singing but was refused a place in the school choir.
“I’ve always had a low singing voice and was told I couldn’t be in the choir because I couldn’t reach the high notes. This only changed after my parents took me to the Sylvia Young Theatre School.”
Dua’s weekend tuition at the Sylvia Young ended when her family returned to Pristina.
“The war was over. My parents wanted to go home and my dad’s work took them back. But London was my home. I stuck it out for two years before persuading my parents to let me move back to London when I was 15. I knew my parents were worried but I was staying with friends and I was responsible enough to go to school and complete my basic education.”
Higher education was not for Dua. At 16, she began earning her living as a model. She also worked in a restaurant and as a nightclub hostess.
“I’d started putting my cover versions of various songs on YouTube when I was 14 and began uploading my own original songs to SoundCloud in 2012. Everything I did, the modelling and hostessing, was aimed at making contacts who could help me fulfil my musical ambitions. As it turned out, my management signed me after hearing my songs on SoundCloud.”
Her time as a nightclub hostess did prove useful in terms of writing song lyrics.
“For every film star I walked to a table, there were dozens of people from the darker side of London nightlife. I have used some of the things I saw and heard as the basis for a number of songs.”
Her management showed enormous faith in Dua’s ability. She spent two years writing and recording with hot shot songwriters and producers in America, Canada, Germany, Sweden and back home in England.
“I wrote about 130 songs but was only really excited by 25. Of these, I’ve put 12 on my album which will be out later this year.”
Be The One is the only track Dua did not write.
“I wanted to write everything myself but I couldn’t turn down that song. It was written by Lucy Taylor, who music fans will know better as Pawws, and I just thought it was fabulous.”
The industry response to her first two singles saw Dua nominated for the BBC Sound of 2016 poll.
“I didn’t make the final five but being nominated was a real confidence boost. The right people knew about me and obviously believed my music was worth their time and attention.”
Her UK chart success now with Hotter Than Hell has justified all the faith shown in Dua. Like so many hit songs, it was written about a failed relationship.
“Things really went off the rails. I felt like it wasn’t worthwhile yet I was heartbroken. I know people like Adele and Taylor Swift have had huge success with songs which came out of broken relationships so I hope the same thing can happen for me.”

Source:
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/504879/Dua-Lipa-gets-UK-success-with-Hotter-Than-Hell