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ARTIST TO WATCH: Dua Lipa
Written by Stacy Rickard
 
Dua Lipa is definitely our “New Love.”
 
At just 19 years old, Dua already has a musical sound that you will fall in love with in just one listen. The London-bred singer-songwriter left her home at 15 to live with her friends, and her music is a reflection of that mature attitude. Her voice closely resembles that of Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey and we’re really digging it.
 
Her first official debut single, “New Love”, dropped last month and already has over 25K plays on Spotify! It’s sexy, catchy, and has a tribal-like drumbeat perfectly layered under Dua’s powerhouse vocals. The track was co-written by Andrew Wyatt, who’s worked with Grammy Award-winning artists Beck and Bruno Mars, and production duties were handled by Emile Haynie, the mastermind behind tracks from Kanye West, Eminem, FKA twigs, and (appropriately enough) Lana Del Rey.
 
The music video for “New Love” definitely showcases a more youthful vibe (remember, she’s still a teenager!) complete with bubble-blowing, balloons-strolling, inflatable slide-sliding, biking, and twirling sparklers. The video gives us a sense of wanderlust, and, hey, we want to frolic right alongside you, Dua!
 
 
 
The music video caught the eye of Maroon 5, who tweeted a link to the video, calling Dua a “Great new artist that [they] love.” The video’s already got over 100,000 views and counting!
 
Apart from “New Love,” Dua doesn’t have a whole lot of official content just yet – but that doesn’t mean you can’t hear more of her! Dua’s Soundcloud page has several tracks to keep on repeat until her anticipated debut album drops later this year through Warner Music Group. She does a rendition of Chance The Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses” that gives fans a little taste of her rapping skills, which we definitely hope she showcases more in her upcoming album! Her softer side comes out with sexy covers of John Legend’s “All Of Me” and Rihanna’s “Stay”.
 
Want to be the first to know when her new album drops? Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and like her on Facebook. Don’t forget to subscribe to her YouTube page and sign up to her mailing list on her Official Website!
 
(Photo via Nicole Nodland)
 
- Stacy Rickard, YH Contributing Writer