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Rita Ora
Background information
Birth name Rita Sahatçiu Ora
Born (1990-11-26) November 26, 1990 (age 21) Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia (present day Kosovo[a])
Origin West London, England, UK.[1]
Genres R&B, pop, soul , smooth jazz
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano
Years active 2004–present
Labels Roc Nation
Website ritaora.com rocnation.com/ritaora

Rita Sahatçiu Ora (born 26 November 1990), better known as Rita Ora, is a British singer-songwriter and actress.[2][3] In 2009, she appeared on the BBC’s Eurovision: Your Country Needs You where she auditioned to be the British contestant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.[1] Later in 2009, she signed to Roc Nation. Ora is of Kosovar Albanian ethnicity.

In 2012, Ora provided the vocals for DJ Fresh’s “Hot Right Now“, which has been the fastest selling single in the UK of 2012.[4] Ora’s debut single, “R.I.P“, topped the UK Singles Chart in May 2012.[5] Ora will spend the summer 2012 opening concerts for Coldplay.[6]

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Biography

Early life and career beginnings

Rita Ora was born in Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia (now Kosovo[a]) and moved to the United Kingdom the same year of her birth. She grew up in West London and attended St Cuthbert with St Matthias CE Primary School in Earls Court, following which she graduated from Sylvia Young Theatre School and then St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College. She began singing from a young age.[7][8] In 2004, she appeared in the British film Spivs.[9] She auditioned for Eurovision: Your Country Needs You on BBC One to be the British contestant for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest[1][10] but later withdrew from the competition after a few episodes as she did not feel ready.[1]

In 2007, Ora had her first music release when she appeared on Craig David‘s track entitled “Awkward”[11] and then again in 2008 on “Where’s Your Love” featuring Tinchy Stryder, for which she also appears in the music video.[12] Ora began singing in bars in and around London, and in 2009 a A&R told Roc Nation about Ora, a few days after Ora flew out to New York and met Jay Z.[13] In 2009, Ora made a cameo on Jay-Z‘s video for “Young Forever” and “Over” by Drake. Ora caught the attention of Jay-Z and he signed her to Roc Nation, for which she was featured in a commercial for Roc Nation + Skullcandy Aviator Headphones.[14][15]

2011–present: debut album

Throughout 2011, Ora released viral videos of herself working on her debut album.[16] On 14 December 2011, DJ Fresh and Ora released the music video for “Hot Right Now” on YouTube.[17] The single was released on 12 February 2012 and reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.[4]

On 24 February 2012, Ora visited New York’s Z100 radio station alongside her Roc Nation label boss Jay-Z, to premiere “How We Do (Party)“, her debut single and the lead single from her upcoming studio album. “How We Do (Party)” borrows its familiar refrain from The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Party and Bullshit“.[18]

She has been recording her first studio album for two years. will.i.am, Ester Dean, Drake, The-Dream, Kanye West and Stargate are all working with Ora on her debut album.[19][20]

When speaking about the sound of the album and its concept, Ora said it “definitely has pop in it, but (…) you can hear influences of jazz in there, you can hear influences of Monica and Aaliyah, and then you can hear Gwen Stefani.”[21] She has also stated the album will be influenced by her father’s record colllection which, in addition to reggae, also includes such artists as Eric Clapton and B.B. King.[22] She confirmed the tracks “Roc the Life”, “Love at War”, “Facemelt” and “Shine Ya Light” to be featured on her debut album.[23] [24]

Her first solo record, “R.I.P.” featuring Tinie Tempah, was released as her first UK single on 6 May 2012.[25] The video directed by Emil Nava was recorded in Hackney, East London, and released on 4 April 2012.[26] Produced by Chase & Status, the song debuted at the top of the UK Singles Chart, becoming her first solo UK number 1, and second overall.[5] In May, Ora became a guest judge on the ninth series of the X Factor in the UK, with the auditions filmed at the O2 Arena, London.[27] In summer 2012, Ora will be opening stadiums for Coldplay.[6]

Artistry

Influences

Ora credits Gwen Stefani as her idol and biggest influence, saying in an interview “Do you know how much I love that woman? I love everything about her.”[13] Ora has also named Beyoncé as a major influence and a mentor, in addition to talking about her admiration at being able to have one of her idols, Beyoncé, give her feedback on her debut album.[20] Her other musical influences include Aaliyah, India Arie, Christina Aguilera, Brandy, Monica, Madonna, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Celine Dion, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Vybz Kartel and Sade.[13][28] Ora has mentioned her admiration for Rita Hayworth as an early inspiration for wanting to pursue an acting career.[29]

For fashion inspirations, Ora also cites Gwen Stefani[30] as her most influential style icon. In addition to Stefani, Ora has drawn great inspiration stylistically from Marilyn Monroe and Daphne Guinness through fashionable trends in both vintage clothing and retro wear.[31][32]

Discography

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK [33] AUS [34] BEL (FL) [35] CAN [36] DEN [37] IRE [38] NZ [39] US [40]
How We Do (Party) 2012 41 94 5 96 O.R.A.[41]
R.I.P.(featuring Tinie Tempah) 1 68 26 11

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK [42] AUS [34] BEL (FL) [43] IRE [38] NL [44]
Where’s Your Love” (Craig David featuring Tinchy Stryder and Rita Ora) 2008 58 Greatest Hits
Hot Right Now(DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora) 2012 1 46 11 17 22 TBA
“—” denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single songs with guest appearances by Rita Ora
Title Year Album Artist
“Awkward” 2007 Trust Me Craig David

She has appeared in 2 songs of James Morrison‘s album Songs for You, Truths for Me as backing vocal

Music videos

Title Year Director(s) Ref.
“Where’s Your Love” 2008 Steve Kemsley [12]
“Hot Right Now” 2011 Rohan BM [45]
“R.I.P.” 2012 Emil Nava [46]
“How We Do (Party)” Marc Klasfeld [47]

Cameo appearances

List of cameo appearances in music videos
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
Young Forever(Jay-Z featuring Mr Hudson) 2009 Anthony Mandler
Over(Drake) 2010 [48]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Spivs Rosanna First acting role
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Eurovision: Your Country Needs You Contestant Contestant for the honor of representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009

Notes and references

Notes:

a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, while Serbia claims it as part of its own sovereign territory. Its independence is recognised by 91 UN member states.

References:

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  2. ^ Rita Ora Visits Radio With Jay-Z, Scores Hit With ‘How We Do (Party)’ Billboard. Retrieved 11 April 2012
  3. ^ British singer Rita Ora poses for photographers before the Vivienne Westwood 2012 Autumn/Winter collection show Yahoo. Retrieved 11 April 2012
  4. ^ a b “Rita Ora tops pop chart, Keane rival Beatles album hits”. Reuters. Retrieved 14 May 2012
  5. ^ a b Rita Ora Tops UK Singles Chart. MTV, Retrieved 14 May 2012
  6. ^ a b “Sharp performance! Up-and-coming singer Rita Ora takes inspiration from Madonna donning pointy basque”. Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 May 2012
  7. ^ SoulCulture. “Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviators Presents: Rita Ora | Video”. http://www.soulculture.co.uk/blogs/skullcandy-roc-nation-aviators-presents-rita-ora-video/. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  8. ^ “Rita+Ora Last.fm profile”. http://www.lastfm.de/group/Rita+Ora. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  9. ^ Rita Ora IMDb page. imdb.com. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  10. ^ “Rita Ora – Your Country Needs You!”. YouTube. 2010-09-22. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C01-6VNKENI. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  11. ^ “Craig David – Awkward”. YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbqaypf2jlY. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  12. ^ a b Where’s Your Love – Craig David ft Tinchy Styder and Rita Ora. Youtube. July 30, 2011.
  13. ^ a b c “Rita Ora EPK”. YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8crndrdOxQ. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  14. ^ “Skullcandy & RocNation / Aviator Headphoness”. Skullcandy.com. http://www.skullcandy.com/aviator/. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  15. ^ Roc Nation + Skullcandy Aviator Headphones cast Rita Ora. YouTube. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  16. ^ “Roc Nation artists – Rita Ora”. Roc Nation, LLC. http://rocnation.com/ritaora/.
  17. ^ “DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora – Hot Right Now (Official Video) (Out Now)”. YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7OPZOBJZyI. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  18. ^ “New Music: Rita Ora – “How We Do (Party)”". rap-up.com. http://www.rap-up.com/2012/02/23/new-music-rita-ora-party-bullshit/#more-114450. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  19. ^ “New Music: Ester Dean – “Let It Grow (Celebrate the World)”". rap-up.com. http://www.rap-up.com/2012/02/21/new-music-ester-dean-let-it-grow-celebrate-the-world/#more-114238. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  20. ^ a b “Rap-Up TV: Rita Ora talks roots, Roc Nation, & Rolling with Jay-Z and Beyonce”. rap-up.com. http://www.rap-up.com/2012/02/08/rap-up-tv-rita-ora-talks-roots-roc-nation-and-rolling-with-jay-z-and-beyonce/. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  21. ^ “Rap-Up TV: Rita Ora dishes on debut, working with Drake and Kanye West”. rap-up.com. http://www.rap-up.com/2012/03/20/rap-up-tv-rita-ora-dishes-on-debut-working-with-drake-and-kanye-west/. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  22. ^ Rita Ora interview by Pete Lewis, ‘Blues & Soul’ May 2012
  23. ^ Rita Ora Sits Down With PunchBowl TV!. YouTube.
  24. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSJ8EXhcNw8&feature=mr_meh&list=UL-p1aG6OtYQU&playnext=0
  25. ^ “New Music: Rita Ora F/ Tinie Tempah – “R.I.P.”". rap-up.com. 29 February 2012. http://www.rap-up.com/2012/02/29/new-music-rita-ora-f-tinie-tempah-rip/#more-115020. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  26. ^ “Watch: Rita Ora Talks ‘RIP’ Video, Drake & Ex- Girlfriends”. thatgrapejuice.net. 14 March 2012. http://thatgrapejuice.net/2012/03/watch-rita-ora-talks-rip-video-drake-girlfriends/#more-69800. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  27. ^ ‘I can’t breathe!’ Guest judge Rita Ora hides nerves behind sunglasses and all white outfit… while Tulisa rocks cut-away dress at X Factor auditions. Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 May 2012
  28. ^ Rita Ora Talks Rihanna Comparisons, R.I.P, Roc Nation and Beyonce. Youtube. Retrieved 17 April 2012
  29. ^ “Rita Ora Horoscope Sagittarius and Zodiac Horse”. DailyHoroscopes1.com. http://www.dailyhoroscopes1.com/Rita-Ora/6841/11.htm. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  30. ^ “Rita Ora ft Tinie Tempah RIP Video « MUZU.TV Blog”. Blog.muzu.tv. 2012-04-10. http://blog.muzu.tv/2012/04/10/rita-ora-ft-tinie-tempah-rip-video/. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  31. ^ “Rita Ora – Hairstyles for round faces”. Sheknows.com. http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/hairstyle-photo-gallery/hairstyles-for-round-faces/rita-ora-4. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  32. ^ “Rita Ora Inspired by Gwen Stefani + Kanye West”. Popcrush.com. 2012-04-17. http://popcrush.com/rita-ora-gwen-stefani-kanye-west-inspired/. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  33. ^ “ChartStats >Artists> Rita Ora”. Chart Stats. http://chartarchive.org/a/rita+ora.
  34. ^ a b “Rita Ora – Australian Charts”. australian-charts.com/ Hung Medien. http://australian-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Rita+Ora.
  35. ^ “Discografie – Rita Ora”. ultratop.be/ Hung Medien. http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Rita+Ora.
  36. ^ “Billboard – Rita Ora – Artist Infomation”. Billboard Magazine. http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100#/artist/rita-ora/1049257.
  37. ^ “Rita Ora – Danish Charts”. danishcharts.com/ Hung Medien. http://danishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Rita+Ora.
  38. ^ a b “Rita Ora – Irish Charts”. irish-charts.com/ Hung Medien. http://irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Rita+Ora.
  39. ^ “Rita Ora – New Zealand Charts”. charts.org.nz/ Hung Medien. http://charts.org.nz/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Rita+Ora.
  40. ^ “Billboard – Rita Ora – Artist Infomation”. Billboard Magazine. http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100#/artist/rita-ora/1049257.
  41. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150835979683302
  42. ^Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  43. ^ “Rita Ora – Belgium (Flanders) Charts”. ultratop.be/nl/ Hung Medien. http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Rita+Ora.
  44. ^ “Rita Ora – Dutch Charts”. dutchcharts.nl/ Hung Medien. http://dutchcharts.nl/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Rita+Ora.
  45. ^ Hot Right Now (Official Music Video)
  46. ^ R.I.P. ft. Tinie Tempah
  47. ^ In Production: Rita Ora – Marc Klasfeld, dir.. videostatic.com.
  48. ^ Wete, Brad (Monday, April 12, 2010). “Drake’s new ‘Over’ video: Watch it here”. Entertainment Weekly. http://music-mix.ew.com/2010/04/12/drake-over-video/. Retrieved Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

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