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Dua Lipa is blasting off. Following a record-breaking 29 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 tracks, the pop star’s iconic TikTok hit single “Levitating” is soaring to new heights, peaking at the chart’s coveted No. 5 spot.
Born on August 22, 1995, Dua Lipa is a model and award-winning singer and songwriter signed with the giant record label “Warner Music Group.” Before her grand entrance into the music industry, Dua already had a penchant for music.
Her father, Dukagjin Lipa, was a vocalist for the rock band “Oda” in Kosovo. With talent running through her veins and music playing at home, the young star knew that she would one day shoot across the sky as a world-class performer. Deciding to pursue her passion, she moved to London at only 15 years old.
Establishing herself as an artist was the tricky part. Fortunately, she took notes from Justin Bieber’s legendary rise through YouTube and jumped on the platform herself. Dua Lipa held nothing back and, soon, producers started calling her.
In August 2015, she made her official debut with the single “New Love.” At present, the track has accumulated over 48 million views on YouTube and countless streams on popular sites.
“At the time I was writing this song, it was about finding my place in an industry that often seems to neither want nor need you. This is a song about facing the fear of losing the only thing that matters to you,” she reveals to “The Fader.”
Following “New Love,” Dua continued to release several singles until she struck gold in 2016 with “Hotter Than Hell.” The track catapulted her to awe-inducing stages and was her first big step towards stardom. Then, in 2017, Dua Lipa released her self-titled album.
One of the songs in “Dua Lipa” was her iconic global hit “New Rules.” The song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent a whopping 48 weeks on the chart, establishing the artist’s residence on the spot. Since “New Rules” had people worldwide filming by the pool, Dua has conquered the charts with “Don’t Start Now” at #2, “Break My Heart,” “IDGAF,” and “We’re Good,” among others.
Her single, “Levitating,” featuring DaBaby, is also one of Billboard Hot 100’s top guests, staying afloat for 29 weeks and counting. The fifth track of Dua’s latest album, “Future Nostalgia,” the song debuted as a TikTok dance craze and boasts over 459 million listens on Spotify.
“Levitating” first peaked at number 5 on February 6, 2021, before recently regaining the position in its 29th week. Outside of the Billboard Hot 100, it has also climbed back up the Billboard Global 200, currently sitting comfortably at #4.
Due to its impressive return to the Top 10, “Levitating” has gained the distinction of “Greatest Gainer” for Billboard’s May 1, 2021 week ranking – continuing to take the world by the storm through TikTok, among other platforms. With “Levitating” hitting the elevator button “up” and Dua Lipa producing smash hit after hit, it won’t be long before the music artist dominates new heights in the industry.
Experience love on zero gravity with Billboard Hot 100’s rising single “Levitating.” Listen to the “Future Nostalgia” track on Dua Lipa’s YouTube channel, Spotify, and SoundCloud. Stay updated on the young pop star’s future ventures and upcoming music on Twitter, Instagram, or her official website.
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