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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2016 Groove of the Year/Ms. RiRi/Mr. Harris/”This Is What You Came For

Out of all of the tracks that were served to radio this year (let’s face it…some were a big ol’ weave of a mess) there were truly none that made you feel it all sorts of over like “This is What You Came For,” the latest steaming collaboration from ultra paid DJ Calvin Harris and our ANTi, girl, Ms. RiRi. 

With its sexy synths, killer pop hook and everything else in beat-ween, it just gets to werk….and we can only hope we get offered more grooves like this one come next year. 

But in the meantime, let’s dance, bitch, and Happy New Year, kids! 



Rewerk Wednesday/Calvin Harris

Long before he became the world’s highest paid DJ, an Emporio Armani underwear model, Rihanna’s music bestie and “an ex of Taylor Swift,” Calvin Harris (real name Adam Wiles) got his start in music after being drawn into to the amplified waves of the deep electronic music that took over the late ’90s. It was from that ATB filled moment that he began recording demos from the bedroom of his parents home in his hometown of Dumfries, Scotland, of which two fires he cooked up–“Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days”–were released as a 12″ club singles and became moderate underground club hits in his native dance music homeland. 

Thinking he was ready for the big time, Harris relocated to London, but barely made a blip on the U.K. dance music scene (which is a tough one to break) except for “Let Me Know,” a collaboration with dance diva Ayah. Returning home to Scotland, Harris began posting homemade solo recordings to his MySpace page (really, who didn’t?), and soon an A&R representative from EMI came calling and signed the soon-to-be red-hot DJ to the label in 2006.

Following a pair of successful singles–“Acceptable in the ’80s” and “The Girls,” Harris released his debut album, I Created Disco, in the summer of 2007. The record was a huge hit, and along with his work as a solo artist, which includes touring in front of a full live band, Harris quickly became an in-demand remixer and would soon go on to rewerk singles by Jamiroquai, Dizzee Rascal, Groove Armada, and of course, All Saints. But perhaps his biggest accomplishment from this era came when he linked up with Kylie Minogue for her 2007 comeback album, X, producing a handful of tracks including the static electrified “In My Arms” and “Heart Beat Rock.” 

Keeping on with the fire, Harris served up his sophomore set, Ready for the Weekend, which owned the top of the U.K. albums chart and peaked at number 12 on Billboard’s U.S. dance/electronic chart. Through 2011, Harris cooked up grooves for Example, Tinchy Stryder, and Rihanna, of which his career truly took a magnificent turn when he whipped up two singles from her Talk That Talk record–“Where Have You Been” and of course, “We Found Love,” a quadruple-platinum hit in the U.S.. RiRi’s smash hit also popped up on Harris’ third album 18 Months, a steady vocal buffet of collaborations that co-starred Kelis, (“Bounce”), Ellie Goulding (“I Need Your Love”), and Florence Welch,, who teamed up with Mr. Harris to destroy our music souls with the devastatingly delicious,”Sweet Nothing.” Sigh…

The following year, Harris’ songwriting was acknowledged when he was given the top Ivor Novello Award, all while Forbes announced that he was the highest-earning DJ of 2013; according to the publication, he made 46 million U.S. dollars — 14 million more than runner-up Tiësto. (Harris still holds that honor) But if that’s not enough heat for you, Harris’ lucky streak continued with his fourth set, Motion, as each one of the first three singles from the album–“Summer,” “Under Control” and ‘Blame” became worldwide global smashes. 

But don’t think the superstar DJ is slowing his burn down anytime soon, because last year his collaboration with Disciples, “How Deep Is Your Love,” notched another hit in his music belt, as is his current thunder with Ms. RiRi, “This Is What You Came For,” which has become his highest-charting track on the Billboard Hot 100 to date where it currently sits at number six. 

All of this only further proves that Calvin Harris isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, even if there’s an EDM inspired breakup from you-know-who headed his way.  Now, let’s dance because the delicious dance music collection of Calvin Harris is certainly what we came for. 

For much more on Mr. Harris, check this out.