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Dua Lipa leads the Brits nominations

Dua Lipa leads the charge at this year’s Brit Awards with five nominations, including best album. The singer, whose hit single New Rules was one of the breakout hits of last year, is also up for best female, best video, best single and British breakthrough artist. She narrowly beat Ed Sheeran’s four nominations, while J Hus and Rag’n’Bone Man have three apiece. They are all up for best British album, as is Stormzy’s Gang Signs and Prayer. The fan-voted best video category sees a fight between three former members of…

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Dua Lipa is Spotify UK's most-streamed female in 2017

She’s got chart hits, she counts ’em: Dua Lipa has beaten Beyonce and Taylor Swift to become Spotify’s most-streamed female of 2017 so far in the UK. The pop star’s smash hits include New Rules, a musical instruction manual for people tempted to contact their exes, which has been streamed 464 million times worldwide. She has also scored 453 million streams for the brooding Scared To Be Lonely. Ed Sheeran is the top artist overall, with 6.3 billion global streams. His album ÷ was the biggest album of the year,…

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Top of the Pops: Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa to appear on Christmas show

Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa will be among the performers on this year’s Christmas Top of the Pops special. They will be joined by Clean Bandit, Rita Ora and The Script. Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates will present the show, along with a New Year special featuring artists including James Arthur and Paloma Faith. Cotton said hosting the two hour-long specials was one of her Christmas highlights and that she looks forward to it all year. Yates added: “Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Top of the Pops and…

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