Congratulations to Dua Lipa, who climbs to Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles Chart and in doing so, ends a long drought of chart-toppers from female solo artists.
Dua’s latest single New Rules leaps from 5 to 1 to become the first Number 1 by a female solo artist in almost two years, since Adele’s Hello claimed the top spot in October 2015.
Lipa was born in London on 22 August 1995 to Albanian parents from Kosovo who had left Prishtina in the 1990s. She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School, part-time,moving to Kosovo with her family in 2008. Lipa grew up listening to her father, the Kosovar Albanian rock singer Dukagjin Lipa. At the age of 14, she began posting covers of her favourite songs by artists such as P!nk and Nelly Furtado on YouTube.At the age of 15, she moved back to London with aspirations of becoming a singer.Shortly after, she began working as a model.