The temperature isn’t the only thing heating up this summer. Rita Ora‘s career is clearly about to boil over. The soulful Roc Nation rookie is already hot back home in the U.K. where her Drake-penned single “R.I.P.” reached No. 1. The Tinie Tempah featured record is the second chart-topper for the Kosovo-born, London-raised Rita whose own guest spot on DJ Fresh‘s track “Hot Right Now” landed her atop the UK Top 40 back in February.
Despite capping all the accomplishments of the past four months by opening up for Coldplay’s European tour, 21-year-old Rita is determined to go global. Boss man Jay-Z‘s ringing endorsement plus heavy-hitter collaborations with producers like Will.I.Am, The-Dream, and Stargate to name a few, almost guarantees Rita’s eponymous debut album will officially usher in the Ora era in the States.
Not that Rita Ora needs bells and whistles or big names to make a splash. In fact, her raw, husky tone sounds even better stripped down. Her personality is contagiously effervescent. And Ora’s style is admirable, too, for someone so young and fairly new to the industry. She rocks high fashion with a street edge and carries it off with a natural beauty, not unlike her idol Gwen Stefani. Don’t get me started on Rita’s nail game (whole ‘nother level). Bonus points for her being a Basketball Wives – yes, she’s about that life – and Mob Wives fan, practically living in her kicks and knowing how to party, too.
Let’s see: hot label, sizzling singles, smoking fashion, blazing collabs… If Rita continues like this, we may be in store for an Indian summer when ORA finally drops this September.
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