Dua Lipa: I paved way for Taylor Swift’s first UK No.1
DUA LIPA reckons she deserves some credit for Taylor Swift scoring her first-ever UK No.1 single. The British singer paved the way for the US superstar to achieve a new career high on this side of the pond after her song New Rules hit the summit.
‘The second I got No.1, then we had Taylor,’ Dua told Guilty Pleasures in an exclusive chat at the ASCAP awards.
‘I’m really happy about that,’ she added. ‘A lot of great female artists have been taking a break, like Lorde and Taylor. There’s going to be a lot more No.1s now they’re coming back.’
Earlier this year, Dua became the first female solo artist to top the UK charts since Adele in 2015. A month later, Tay took top spot with comeback track Look What You Made Me Do.
Looking Hotter Than Hell in metallic thigh-high boots, Dua, 22, took home the ‘vanguard’ trophy for her smash-hit New Rules at Monday’s bash at London’s One Marylebone.
And talking of rules, Dua says boyfriend Paul Klein, of US band LANY, rarely breaks any. ‘He is good. He’s doing alright,’ she said.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, she raised the subject of sexual harassment in the music industry. ‘I know it happens but I haven’t dealt with anything like that,’ she explained.
Encouraging artists who have been abused to speak up, Dua said: ‘Tell a friend, or someone in your family. When someone speaks about it, a lot more women get up and talk. That’s the most important thing.’
Author: Andrei Harmsworth