5 Ways to Get All Caught Up with Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa….

Just saying the “New Rules” songstress’ name plays out like a good ol’ time.

That’s because the UK-based former model-turned-singer-turned-chart-owner has been having a fabulous time touring the world and taking over music charts across the map thanks to her fiery self-titled debut set. And let’s not forget about those undeniably smoky-n-sassy vocals of hers, which have been all over seven charting album singles since the record’s release last year.

It also doesn’t hurt that she’s been taking over worldwide dance floors as well by becoming beat besties with thunder makers Martin Garrix, Major Lazer and most recently Calvin Harris, as the two are heating up the summer strobe lights with their deliciously deep romp, “One Kiss.”

It’s all yas when it comes to the booming world of Dua Lipa

And although Mizz Lipa hasn’t owned the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 (yet), her future is looking wide open for a long, healthy slay in the music industry. So, whether you’re a total “New Rules” kween or have no idea who the hell she even is, here’s 5 ways to get all caught up with this red-hot and rising English Breakfast tea sipping diva-in-training. 

1.Watch the video for “New Rules” on repeat…..some more……. What happens when you take a ridiculously catchy (and quite empowering) break up anthem, mix in lots of fabulous and fierce girl power with some sleek choreography and add it on top of a Miami backdrop? You get all of the reasons why the video for what’s become her signature single has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube. Yes. 

2……and then do the same for “IDGAF”…….   Double the Dua equals double the werk, especially when it comes to this slicked back, gender bending visual that you’ll wish you were a part of once you dive straight in. 

3.Watch her slay Jimmy Kimmel……  Although Ms. Lipa doesn’t have a gaggle of backup dancers behind her with every performance like most pop divas out there today do, she still gets the job done with her shy, yet booming stage presence. Music case in point, this subtle, yet slaying performance of her debut single,”Be the One,” which as much you won’t be able to stop staring at those big ol’ chandelier earrings she’s rockin,’ this is another, um, one you won’t be able to get out of your damn head…

….and we love every minute of it. 

4.Read this British GQ article…….   “For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know? For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured.”  

That’s the “Blow Your Mind” singer spilling all of the tea (plus, wait until you see the incredible photo shoot) in May’s British GQ. Also on the table, the young starlet breaks mugs about the #MeToo movement, what fame means to her and serves out first details about her sophomore set (!!) and you can take a seat and revel in it all right here. 

But first, there’s this performance of Lipa covering the late, great Amy Winehouse‘s “Tears Dry on Their Own” alongside baby makin’ crooner Gallant that you have to hear to believe. It’s that good. 

5.Add “One Kiss” to your #summerscomin playlist…….     Since it’s never too early to begin crafting those sun-kissed lists (see…January), there’s no reason why this palm tree worthy number shouldn’t head straight to the heart of your SPF’d up life. If you haven’t jumped into Mr. Harris’ latest romp featuring our girl, do it now as your general well-being will thank you,

It will also thank you when you repeat steps one-through-five, because if this lovely list proves anything, it’s that it’s Ms. Dua Lipa‘s world and we’re just starting to live–and revel–in all of it. gurl.

Cover photo courtesy of GQ 

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Rewerk Wednesday/Dash Berlin

Whether in their native Netherlands, on dance floors across the globe, or at NOTO this Friday night, tantalizingly trance-d up dance music trio Dash Berlin knows how to give their massive audience the music business on the dance floor. 

Consisting of friends Eelke Kalberg, Sebastiaan Molijn (both producers) and Jeffrey Sutorius (front-runner), the group got their official start in 2006 after Sutorious came up with the concept and name. With all three of these gentlemen being well versed in pretty much every genre of electronic music and influential study of musical instruments, it was no surprise that their debut ditty, “Till the Sky Falls Down,” became a massive success when it hit dance floors a decade (!!) ago.

Boy, time really flies when you’re livin’ it up in those strobe lights, doesn’t it? 

Besides taking the dance charts by storm, Dash’s freshman powerhouse club anthem not only caught the headphones’ attention of fellow DJs across the planet, but also of the legendary Armin van Buuren, who showed the single lots of love during various shows and on his very own personal playlist. This would lead Dash Berlin to hit the touring scene hard (as any DJ should do if they want to get it), and pretty much since they crash landed into our shimmering worlds, they’ve been going non-stop across the world and beyond, which is most likely the reason you’re going to be living for them this weekend.

You know you are.

Of course, you can’t own the scene without a plethora of fresh studio romps to go along with it, and over their pulsating career, Dash Berlin has released a crate full of studio albums and have served up rewerks for The Chainsmokers, Janet Jackson, Justin  Timberlake and Annie Lennox, just to name a few on their esteemed list of slay.

But since there’s no use in going on and on about all of Dash Berlin‘s accomplishments (see…this) it’s better off to just hear them all, especially when it comes to their most recent L.P., “We Are(Part 2), which features lots of thunder as well as an incredible cover of Roxette’s classic ’90s rock ballad, “Listen to Your Heart,” that you just have to get down to right about…now. 

And then get those tickets to see Dash Berlin take over NOTO this Friday...your dance music life will thank you. 








10 Underrated Destiny’s Child Grooves

So, anyone spill any Beychella, err, Coachella tea this past weekend? 

In case you were somehow stuck under a rock over the last few days, the world’s most highly publicized music festival once again took place in great Indio, California and will most likely continue to own our lives until this Sunday, April 22nd

And as we all witnessed, the opening weekend was home to tons of celebs, fabulously over-the-top festival ‘digs, and as usual, lots and lots of Lisa Rinna.

Of course, the talent on display, um, err, trumps all when it comes to this extravagant (?) music affair, and this year is no exception as The Weeknd, SZA, Kygo, St. Vincent, Kelela, Soulwax are all rivaling to make their mark on those Coveted Coachella stages. 

And as you might’ve expected, your headliner, Beyoncé, took full advantage of who the f@#k she is and delivered a set that once again gave the world another reason why she is indeed…Queen Bey.

However, the moment the Lemonade stirrer brought on Kelly and Michelle for a surprise (!!) Destiny’s Child reunion extravaganza? Music pearls across the globe were clutched in unison. And Mizz Williams‘ abs? Slay. 

With this life altering taking place this weekend (as a DC reunion do…), there’s no reason why everyone shouldn’t dive into the Billboard chart owning ladies’ music vault…because at the end of the day, thou shall not think you got it like that when it comes to not reveling in all things Destiny’s Child

While the gals’ classic hits like “Say My Name,” “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Survivor” and “Jumpin, Jumpin” will remain as fresh and fierce as the day they strutted into our CD players and TRL lives, it’s their more underrated body of werk that equally deserves some love. So, here’s ten oh, so deliciously underrated DC romps that’ll have you checkin’ up on these lovely ladies like it’s Darkchild ’99 all over again. 

“No, No, No” (Part 1) While we’ll forever cherish Part 2 of DC’s debut ditty (hey, Wyclef), its’ silky smooth rewiring deserves our headphones (and the bedroom’s) attention because it feels like we just don’t get down to it enough. 

“Get on the Bus”  Because you might have been too busy listening to both versions of “No, No, No,” DC’s follow-up single might have slipped under your Bey-dar. But it’s all good, because this Timbo touched treasure is right here on the best list possible. Now, turn it up and live that underrated DC life. 

“So Good”  Not just one of DC’s best recorded tracks, but one of the best god damn songs of all time. 

“Temptation”  That moment when Destiny’s Child throws down elements of “Knick Knack Paddy Whack” on top of one hell of a baby makin’ groove….flawless. 

“Bug A Boo” This only went to number thirty-three on the Billboard Hot 100. No further statements. Well, that and you betta cut those MCI phone poles, boo. Oh, the ’90s…bliss. 

“Independent Women” (Part 2)  You know these gals and sequels. Well, here’s another that’s equally as fiery as its predecessor. Yas, independent kween. 

“Nasty Girl” The real question is……why didn’t this Survivor burner/life theme song spend twenty-six weeks at number one? 

“Girl” Finally, Michelle gets to be the center of attention in a video! Sigh….

“Bootylicious” (Rockwilder Remix)   While the original will always liiiivvve in our Stevie Nicks hearts, we’re still not ready for this deliciously underrated remix. Isn’t that right, Missy and Rockwilder? Now, let’s shake that booty like a fat lady’s belly. 

“Check on It” Is this one B’s? DC’s? (it appears on the gals #1’s album, buy Bey just owns the video) Whatever the diva music case may be, this Swizz Beatz flavored ’06 romp is no doubt from The Pink Panther Movie, so it’s underrated by default. Now, check up on it and may you continue to live that underrated Destiny’s Child life…because it’s oh, so wonderful, isn’t it? Yaaaas.