Congratulations to Rita Ora on her first solo number one in the charts with RIP. It’s a stonker of a pop tune and this girl is preparing to take flight into the pop stratosphere. Her debut album ORA will be out within weeks and she’s spent two and a half years being trained and prepared by rap legend Jay-Z (she is on his Roc Nation label). Not bad for a girl from Earl’s Court, London!
I met the star at her single launch bash this week at London’s plush Asprey jeweller’s and she told me Jay and his wife Beyonce have been huge inspirations to her. “Jay has been with me since day one and being part of the Roc Nation family is amazing,” she said. “He’s involved in everything I do and at the end of the day he wants his company to be a success and he believed in me.
“The first time I met Beyonce she was in the crowd at a show in New York and she came with Jay-Z and I sang Say My Name by Destiny’s Child and she was there. I didn’t know she was in the crowd when I did it. But she gave me the seal of approval afterwards. It was a massive deal. She’s one of my Idols. I was crapping myself meeting her at first but she’s one of the nicest people. I didn’t think she’d have time for me but she did.”
The star has some surprises in store on the debut album too – she says there’s heavy rock influences and she cites No Doubt as a big inspiration. I can’t wait to get some more Rita in my life….
Picture: Thanks to Richard Young