Break­ing the rules

One of last year’s big­gest break­out stars, Dua Lipa, is all for girl power

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The 22-year-old has just made his­tory as the first fe­male to score five nom­i­na­tions for the up­com­ing Brit Awards – she’s up for al­bum of the year, best fe­male solo artist, best video, break­through act of the year and best sin­gle.

“How is this real?” Dua tweeted on hear­ing the news.

Raised in London and Kosovo by Al­ba­nian par­ents, she’s been hailed as the au­then­tic voice of young women these days – in­de­pen­dent, cool and in charge of her own sex­u­al­ity.

She ended 2017 as the UK’s most-streamed fe­male artist, while her New Rules video has been watched more than 945 mil­lion times on YouTube.

Her lat­est track with a fe­male em­pow­er­ment theme, IDGAF (I Don’t Give a F**k) – off her self-ti­tled de­but al­bum – is al­ready top­ping charts.

She says it ex­plores the du­elling in­ner voices that fol­low a break-up. “It’s about your stronger and weaker sides fight­ing with each other only to re­alise self-love is what will help you over­come any neg­a­tiv­ity that comes your way.”

Singer Dua Lipa is set­ting the rules with her self-ti­tled al­bum.

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