What do you do when your new album has just reached number one? Crack open the fizz, head out for a night of clubbing, splash the cash? Because singer Dua Lipa, with two Grammys, three Brits, two MTV Europe Music Awards and a string of international single hits, a platinum first album and now a chart-topping second with Future Nostalgia, is in lockdown like the rest of us, thanks to that great leveller, coronavirus. And now the weather is nice you can pop your head out the window, go in the garden, and it lifts your spirits. My first number one album. However, any celebratory excess Lipa might have indulged in has been mostly pastry. A spinach and feta filo pie in fact, flavoured with nostalgia from her Kosovar Albanian roots and upbringing, and yes, we can have the recipe.
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Few albums have fulfilled their intended purpose faster. At the very least, a day of radio interviews and unceasing congrats stopped the year-old from stressing about when to take her government-sanctioned daily walk. Like everyone, she has been self-isolating, eating chips and watching Tiger King. Unlike everyone, she is doing it in a plush Airbnb her London flat flooded with her model boyfriend Anwar Hadid brother of models Gigi and Bella. Although Lipa says today has felt like Christmas, it is still an anticlimactic arrival for an album that the British music industry has been banking on.
Watch the trailer. New Rules is a music video for the song of the same name by Dua Lipa. I wasn't a huge fan of this song until I watched the video.
Andreas Kirkinis. It's incredible how much a music video changes when you completely remove the music, isn't it? Dua Lipa's now-iconic single 'New Rules' is no exception to this rule. The video, that shows Lipa and an entourage of her female friends singing the song while they party around a house, was the subject of numerous parodies and covers. Muting its music gives it a surreal vibe, as the girls all sing the lyrics a cappella, while a few sounds can be heard: a creaking bed, clothes ruffling, a hand wiping condensation from a mirror, and the girls' breath as they inhale and exhale to sing. In fact, Dua Lipa's voice is hardly even heard when she sings part of the chorus. A year later, in , she signed with the Warner Music Group, releasing her first official single shortly afterwards. Her first name means 'love' in Albanian. She and her father created the Sunny Hill Foundation in to support Kosovan citizens. Since then, her popularity has sky-rocketed.