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Indie pop singer Dua Lipa showcased a throwback vibe and knack for catchy pop with soulful grit, much like Sia, Jessie J, or P!nk, and a slyly rebellious air like Charli XCX and Marina & the Diamonds. Born and raised in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents, the sultry-voiced pop singer attended Sylvia Young Theater School (Rita Ora, Amy Winehouse) until the age of 13, when she moved to Kosovo with her family. However, the move wouldn't last very long, as she was back in London by age 15, living on her own and pursuing a singing career. Her first demos were released in 2012, attracting the attention of Lana Del Rey's management team, who signed her and linked her up with Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, Bruno Mars). Her shimmery debut single "New Love" was followed up with the soulful "Be the One." Longlisted for the prestigious B.B.C.'s Sound of 2016 late in the previous year, Dua Lipa released her third and fourth singles in February and May respectively, partnered with a tour throughout the spring and summer. The latter single went on to break the top 20 in the U.K. and all four singles would appear on her self-titled debut album, released in the autumn of 2016. ~ Neil Z. Yeung