Dua Lipa has to ''fight a bit more'' to get the same ''recognition'' as male pop stars in the music industry.

The 23-year-old singer - who has been penning her new album since January - claims there is a ''stigma'' attached to female pop artists, because many people assume they haven't written their own songs if they are not ''sat by a piano or guitar'', and she has called for change.

She said: ''For so long there's been this stigma behind female pop stars.

''When a male pop star comes on the scene people instantly believe they write their own songs and direct their own videos.

''It's instant, whereas if you're a female artist and you're not sat by a piano or guitar, and you're performing a song, people instantly think that you're manufactured and you're no longer authentic to yourself.

''I feel women really have to fight a bit more to get the recognition they deserve.''

Dua will take two weeks off in October to go over the material she has written for her second studio album - a follow up to her self-titled 2017 effort - because she wants to ensure her tunes represent the ''exact'' message she ''wants to put out''.

She added to The Sun newspaper: ''I started writing it at the beginning of the year. I've looked back and because I've been touring for so long and I've been putting lots of songs out, I still have a couple more tricks up my sleeve before this is done.

''I just want to make sure it's exactly the message that I want to put out.''

Dua and Mark Ronson will release new track 'Electricity' on Friday (07.09.18) through his Silk City dance project, and the producer recently claimed she could become as big as late star Amy Winehouse.

He said: ''I'm such a huge a fan of Dua Lipa, her voice is great, it's got electricity.

''To watch her do her thing is amazing. She is the first UK pop solo artist to crack America since... I don't even know.

''I mean I'm not talking about Adele or Amy, but like someone who makes really good danceable pop music.

''It feels like she has done something special, it's like rarified air.''