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Dua Lipa: Music’s Best New Superstar

A double Grammy nominee and four-time 2019 BRIT award nominee; Dua Lipa is not merely another beautiful pop star.  With infectious songs blending all from pop, dance, electronic, and more, and a dynamic, searing voice and technique quite unlike any other, Dua Lipa is  a phenomenal talent, and one of the greatest new artists of our time.

October 19th 2018 marked the release of Dua Lipa – Complete Edition– a new extended version of her debut album that includes her collaboration with Silk City (Mark Ronson and Diplo) “Electricity”, the global hit “One Kiss” with Calvin Harris, her previous collaborations with Martin Garrix and Sean Paul, fan favorites from her live show “Want To” and “Running”, and the brand new song “Kiss and Make Up” with K-pop stars BLACKPINK.

After a year of #1 hit singles, sold out shows and record-breaking streaming figures, Dua Lipa has become the biggest breakout artist in the world.  Dua is the #1 most streamed female artist on Spotify, and is the first and only female artist in history to have 4 lead songs with over 500 Million Spotify streams. This summer she spent 8 weeks at #1 in the UK with her million plus selling hit “One Kiss” – the most weeks at number one for a female artist this century. Dua is also the youngest solo female artist to ever reach 1 billion views on YouTube for her smash hit single “New Rules”, which spent a record breaking 45 weeks on the U.S. pop songs chart.

Already collecting major accolades last year at the top of 2018, Dua scooped up two BRIT Awards after being nominated in five categories, the most nominations for a female performer in the history of the BRITS, performed to 85 million people at the UEFA ChampionsLeague final and has sold over 3 million albums (with more than 1 million albums sold in the U.S.) and 32 million singles worldwide.

Late last month the world saw the release of “Swan Song,” the latest track from in 2019 from Dua. The track and accompanying video precede the Twentieth Century Fox February 14th theatrical film release of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, the epic action-adventure from producers James Cameron and Jon Landau (AVATAR) and director Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY).

The video, directed by Floria Sigismondi, places Lipa on the treacherous streets of Iron City in the middle of Alita’s world. Floria said of the video “While in the film Alita is quite literally on a journey to discover who she is, her story serves as a really powerful allegory for any girl who doesn’t yet know her own power. I wanted to play with that same profound notion by dropping Dua into a facet of Alita’s world and allowing Alita to serve as a surrogate that leads her on a journey to discover she’s stronger than she ever could have imagined.”

The song, co-written by Dua Lipa along with Justin Tranter, Kennedi Lykken, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, and Tom Holkenborg, follows a whirlwind year of breaking records for Lipa. For the majority of 2018 Dua was the most streamed female in the world on Spotify. Her power anthem and worldwide hit “New Rules” broke the long-standing record for consecutive weeks on the Billboard Pop Songs chart. The Track “One Kiss,” her collaboration with Calvin Harris, became the biggest selling UK single of 2018. She made BRIT Award history by becoming the first woman artist to pick up five nominations last year, taking home the awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist. Dua has sold over 40 million singles and over 3.4 million albums worldwide.

Alita was always about recombining contrasts—the battle and the angel, the real and the digital, and also the styles of Rodriguez and Cameron. For one of the stars of the film; Jennifer Connelly, the final film is a union of both filmmakers’ sensibilities. “You have the epic scale of fantasy that we all associate with Jim but also the playfulness, sense of fun and a little bit of the subversiveness and dark humor of Robert,” she says.

Upon viewing the finished print of Alita: Battle Angel, its originator, Yukito Kushiro, could not have been more effusive. “I wanted to become a movie director and make fantastic films when I was a child. Though I was not able to realize that dream, I was able to pursue a career as a manga artist. So now seeing my manga series turning into this brilliant film, Alita: Battle Angel, is a dream-come-true for me. The visuals, the characters, the storytelling – all the factors that make this film are fantastic! I can see the passion, love and respect for my work in the film. It makes me feel that I would actually want to live in the Iron City! And I would very much love to see more Motorball scenes!”

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“From the moment we saw her video for ‘New Rules,’ we knew that Dua Lipa would be the perfect artist to do a song for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL,” commented Producer Jon Landau. “She has the (…) strength, power and attitude in her performances that Alita embodies in the movie. Jim, Robert and I are thrilled to have her onboard and are confident she will make ‘Swan Song’ the perfect inspiring and empowering anthem for our film.”

Dua Lipa On Alita: Battle Angel

One of the last layers of creation added was the music, including the brand new single “Swan Song,” co-written and performed by double Grammy® nominee Dua Lipa.

Regarding how Alita inspired her, Dua Lipa states;  “I am intrigued at both Alita herself, and the amazing team of creators that came together to make this movie possible. I see a little of myself in her, in both her (tough) spirit and our shared haircut. Alita is all about empowerment and standing up for who you are, which are two things that resonate with me.”

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Dua Lipa Dominates with Electricty

Dua Lipa recently dropped “Electricity” with Silk City, which is a brilliant and beautiful dance cut with smooth acid house beats and a jazzy, big Motown feel that soars. With a stellar voice, and  unique pop cuts blending multiple genres, Dua rocks. “The Pace” below, is a beautiful and searing dance cut fusing pop, acid house, rock and more.

Friday October 19th was the release date of Dua Lipa – Complete Edition– a new extended version of her debut album that includes “Electricity” her brand new collaboration with Silk City (Mark Ronson and Diplo), her previous collaborations with Martin Garrix and Sean Paul, fan favorites “Want To” and “Running” and a new track “Kiss and Make Up” with k-pop superstars BLACKPINK (pictured below).

After a year of #1 hit singles, sold out shows and record breaking streaming figures, Dua Lipa has become the biggest breakout artist in the world. She is the #1 most streamed female artist on Spotify and is the first and only female artist in history to have 4 lead songs with over 500 Million Spotify streams.

She has also just spent 8 weeks at #1 in the UK this summer with her million plus selling hit “One Kiss” – the most weeks at number one for a female artist this century. The video for her smash hit single “`New Rules” is now sitting at over 1.3 billion views on YouTube.

Already collecting major accolades at the top of 2018, Dua scooped two BRIT Awards after being nominated in five categories, performed to 85 million people at the UEFA Champion League Football final and has sold over 3 million albums and 32 million singles worldwide.

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5 Time Grammy Award Winner Devine Evans: An Exclusive Interview

Devine Evans and Day’nah , Photo Credit ©2018, Bruce Edwin

Hollywood Sentinel brings you an exclusive interview with 5 Time Grammy Award winning Music Producer Devine Evans, here below.

A dominant figure in the music industry for over twenty years, Devine Evans got his start in Atlanta at Left Eye Productions,  headed by Lisa Lopes of TLC.  Mr. Evans; now a five-time Grammy Award winning Producer, Songwriter / Engineer, and Emmy Nominated Composer for “The New Edition Story,” has worked with many of the world’s biggest recording artists and musicians including; The Chain Smokers, Janet Jackson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Hans Zimmer, and Selena Gomez, among more.  Devine Evans received his most recent Grammy for his work on Pharrell Williams live version of the Billboard hit song “Happy.”


Over the past ten years, as the powerhouse behind the scenes of some of the biggest tours in music, Devine Evans has worked with stars including; The Chain Smokers, Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, The Roots (2017 NBA All-Star Performance), Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul 2 Soul tour, Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour, Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour, Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience Tour (now available on Netflix),  Pharrell Williams’ Dear Girl Tour, Justin Timberlake’s 2018 Halftime Super Bowl show, and 2018’s Coachella with Eminem, and Beyoncé among more.

Mr. Evans’ work in televised performances includes Creative Programming and Sound Design for Beyoncé’s 2013 Super Bowl Halftime performance, and Creative Programming and Sound Design for the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime show with Justin Timberlake, at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Devine Evans has further expanded in to the film industry with his work as composer for BET’s Emmy Nominated Mini Series, “The New Edition Story,” as well as “Lycan,” starring Dania Ramirez (Entourage, Devious Maids, X-Men), for which he scored and provided original sound design.

The Diary of a Songwriter 

In addition to music, Devine Evans focuses on positively impacting the music industry, as well as his community with other creative projects including his first upcoming book titled “Sheet Music: The Diary of a Songwriter.”  With this book, praised by leaders in the music industry including Queen Latifah among others, Devine Evans brings to light the sexual injustices that many female artists have encountered while pursuing their dream of a career in the music industry.

Sheet Music: The Diary of a Songwriter, by Devine Evans, all rights reserved.

In an effort to empower these women, “Sheet Music: The Diary of a Songwriter” shares the stories of a variety of female artists’ personal experiences, as well as general advice on how to cope with and safeguard themselves against such abuse and injustice.

Listen to Part 1 of the Exclusive Interview with Devine Evans, here below:

Devine Evans, Exclusive Interview, Part 2

Visit the Official Devine Evans website at: www.devineevans.com

Read more about “Sheet Music: The Diary of a Songwriter” at: www.thediaryofasongwriter.com

For press / media, photo, interview requests, and booking for Devine Evans, contact Management and Publicity at: +1- 310-226-7176, or e-mail StarpowerManagementLLC @ gmail . com

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