Singer Dua Lipa returns to Manila

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ENGLISH singer/songwriter Dua Lipa is returning to Manila for a solo concert on Sept. 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City and is bringing with her the chart-topping hits including “New Rules,” “IDGAF,” and “One Kiss.”

Ms. Lipa previously performed in the Philippines as part of the In the Mix music festival ​in August​ 2017.​

The concert announcement was made by concert promoter MMI Live on May 31.

The 22-year-old Ms. Lipa started her singing career at the age of 14 when she began doing song covers on YouTube. In 2015, she signed with Warner Music Group. Shortly after, she released her first single, “New Love.”

Following her debut single, Ms. Lipa released “Be the One” which achieved success across Europe, reaching number one in Belgium, Poland, and Slovakia, as well as charting within the top 10 in over 11 European territories and in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2017, she released her self-titled debut album which spawned “New Rules,” her first number one single in the UK and her best-selling song to date. It also charted within the top 10 charts of the US, Canada, and Australia.

That same year, she was named the most streamed female artist on Spotify in the UK.

Describing her musical style as “dark pop,” she said in a 2015 interview with The Guardian that she “aims to draw on the avant-garde and bring some of its ideas to bear on the mainstream,” and her 2017 single, “Be the One” seems to exemplify her style as it has been described as a “soaring pop melodrama,” by the same news outlet.

In April, she released her newest single, “One Kiss,” a song she made with Scottish record producer Calvin Harris. The uptempo, deep house, Eurodance song is said to be a homage to 1990s house music. It topped the UK Single Charts in the same month, making it her second number one single.

Dua Lipa Live in Manila is scheduled on Sept. 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Tickets will go on sale starting June 18, 10 a.m., at Ticket prices range from P1,750 (General Admission) to P8,500 (Platinum). — Zsarlene B. Chua