Birth name: Dua Lipa
Born: August 22, 1995
Origin: Westminster, London, England
Bio: Dua Lipa is an English singer, songwriter, and former model who has established herself as one of the leading artists of current time with the release of her eponymous debut album. The album, which contains eight singles so far, includes the UK number-one single ‘New Rules’, as well as two more UK top-10 singles, ‘Be the One’ and ‘IDGAF’. Her best-selling single ‘New Rules’ has been a hit worldwide, charting on No.2 in Australia, No.6 in the US, and No.7 in Canada. Lipa, who identifies her music as dark pop, began posting cover versions of songs by her favorite artists – such as P!nk and Nelly Furtado – on YouTube when she was 14. She eventually signed a deal with Warner Music Group for her debut album. She has won two ‘Brit Awards’ for ‘British Female Solo Artist’ and ‘British Breakthrough Act’ in the latest edition of the event. She is one of the frontrunners to record the theme song of an upcoming James Bond movie
Dua Lipa – Yep, That Is Actually Her Name
The London native was born to Albanian parents from Kosovo who immigrated in the 1990’s, and in 2008 her family returned to Kosovo. Surprisingly enough, Dua Lipa is her real name too – her father’s name is Dukagjin Lipa. When the Dua was 15, she returned to the UK in the hope of becoming a singer.
Elevates The Standard for Pop Videos
It has been a little more than a year since Dua Lipa won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, following the incendiary arrival of “New Rules”, and the British pop star’s video for “Physical”, embodies the fullness of being an artist. Beyond the urgency of the song’s synth beat and anthemic chorus, the accompanying video elevates the standard for pop videos. Dua Lipa races through a bustling technicolor world designed by the production company CANADA, the masterful team behind the iridescent Louis Vuitton 2020 promotional video.
The choreography for the “Physical” video has all of the elements of a runway show: model-types flood the moving set in high-fashion polychromatic wardrobes, waltzing and dashing around in perfect synchrony. Stunning anime-style graphics punctuate transitions throughout the video, mimicking the popular style’s dramatization of emotion and bright colors. What’s more impressive is the whimsical elements of the physical set, which include fluffy clouds popping out of the ground and gems hanging from the ceiling.
Let’s get physical!
Dua Lipa doesn’t overcomplicate the narrative when translating the relatively simple lyrics to video format. As she repeats the line “Let’s get physical”, she plays tag with her love interest, whose heart she pulls out of his chest in an anime clip at the beginning of the video. Cameras zoom in and out as they stop to perform brief dance numbers, and overhead shots give the viewer a sense of the ordered chaos surrounding the couple.