The UK has an impressive track record when it comes to launching female household names. The 90s graced us with the likes of Spice Girls, while the 2000s bought us one of the best female singers of all time in the shape of the late Amy Winehouse. In years to come, when we reflect upon the 2010s, Dua Lipa’s name will roll off the tongue – and it all started here, with her history-making self-titled debut album.
Listen to Dua Lipa’s debut album here.
Refusing to fit the mould
After the frenzy that surrounded the release of her second record, 2020’s Future Nostalgia, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Dua Lipa had made her mark three years earlier. The very definition of a career-defining record, Dua Lipa’s debut album was released on 2 June 2017 and became the most-streamed album by a female artist on Spotify, claiming its place at No.3 in the UK in the process.
Following in the footsteps of other world-dominating pop stars such as Justin Bieber, Lipa kick-started her music career via social media, at the age of 19, while also juggling separate jobs as a waitress and a model. Scouted by Ben Lawson of TAP Management, the future star eventually signed a record deal with Warner Bros, and issued her debut single, New Love, in the summer of 2015. With lyrics that drew upon the trials and tribulations of her previous work life, Lipa quickly made good on her desire to create seductive music that doesn’t sugar-coat what happens in the entertainment industry. Her fifth single, Blow Your Mind (Mwah), took influence from her experience in modelling world, its syncopated electro-pop rhythms slapping with Lipa’s fiery vocals as she expressed her refusal to change herself in order to fit into someone else’s mould.