How Do You Pronounce Dua Lipa?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Some pop stars' names are pretty easy to pronounce: Craig David, Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift come to mind - but others have much more complicated pronunciations. This is the case for Dua Lipa, the 24-year-old singer whose "New Rules" has become the go-to post-breakup anthem for a generation of women and earned her two Brit Awards this year, including British Female Solo Artist and Breakthrough Act.

Despite the fact that she was born in London back in 1995, her parents hail from Kosovo and her name means 'love' in Albanian. So, it's safe to say she's a global citizen who's got some pretty cool connections (not to mention she's dating the younger brother of Gigi and Bella Hadid). Her international upbringing and extreme independence have given her that worldly edge, which is especially apparent in her podcast, Service95. The third season, which is now airing weekly in partnership with the BBC, sees her interview a range of people, from artists like Billie Eilish and Dan Levy to queer activists and writers such as Min Jin Lee and Esther Perel.

Among the most popular episodes has been her conversation with author and journalist Lisa Taddeo, which saw Lipa ask the writer about the importance of the word "mother" in her work. She also talks about how she tries to "get the full story of every person I'm talking to" which is an absolute necessity for her podcast and explains that she spends about four or five days researching each episode before letting loose with the chat, making sure she can speak knowledgeably without coming across as fake or robotic.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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