The following feature appears in the June/July 2016 issue of NYLON.
Even over a transatlantic phone connection, Dua Lipa sounds elated. The British-Kosovan vocalist is calling from Sydney, Australia, where she’s just wrapped a performance on a local television program. (“Everything makes sense after you do a show,” she declares.) But there’s also a hint of nerves in her voice as she describes what’s next: releasing her debut album this fall. Even though it’s 99 percent finished, and she’s pleased with the genre-bending results, Lipa admits that sending her art into the world is making her anxious. “I just want it to be the perfect representation of everything I’ve worked on for the last year and a half,” she says of the record, which is inspired by the likes of J. Cole, Pink, Kendrick Lamar, and Nelly Furtado. “I’ve kept it so close to my heart, but now it’s time to put it out there.”
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