She’s officially bigger than Ariana Grande and Rihanna, not to mention Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. The upstart British pop star Dua Lipa has just been named the most streamed woman of 2017 in the UK, according to Spotify’s year-end figures, an achievement that makes her No 1 song New Rules seem very aptly named. Young female solo artists have struggled to break through this year but Lipa, at the age of 22, is already being seen as an authentic voice of young British womanhood: independent, cool and in command of her own sexuality.
Lipa was raised in the UK, but at 13 moved with her Albanian parents to their former home of Kosovo. Two years later, she returned to London alone to pursue music, and started posting covers online. She signed to Warner Bros and her original songs quickly made an impact. Coy debut single Be the One reached No 9 two years ago, kickstarting a string of gold and platinum hits that culminated in three simultaneous top 15 tracks this February.
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