"I've always wanted to be a singer," laughs Dua Lipa. A fascination, it's safe to say, that's not unusual in most teenage girls, and one that usually goes unrealised. In primary school, Dua's music teacher wouldn't even let her do any solos because she couldn't hit the falsettos. Now, at the age of nineteen, her deep, smoky voice and rhythmic flow has taken her into studios in London, LA, Stockholm, New York and Toronto, and into sessions with Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs) and Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow, Charli XCX). Maybe, just maybe, that teacher had it all wrong.Now, the honey-voiced songstress is set to release her debut album, her opening collection. This is an arsenal of songs rooted in pop but gilded by hip-hop and soul affectations; these are urbane musings on being young and mad; sharp and soulful pop parables about hustling for what you believe in.