Rita Ora Enlists Prince, Macklemore for New Album

Rita Ora

Already a household name overseas, Rita Ora has set her sights on conquering America with her sophomore album, which is set to feature some superstar collaborators including Macklemore and the legendary Prince.

While her 2012 self-titled debut was never released in the U.S., the follow-up will arrive stateside this summer.

“Conquering America for a U.K. artist is incredible because that’s what everybody wants and dreams about,” the British sensation told Paper magazine. “So yeah, I am a bit nervous. I am a bit scared, I’ll be honest.”

Her first single, “I Will Never Let You Down,” was produced by her boyfriend Calvin Harris. “It’s obviously a very important song to me because it’s a love song, but it reminds you of Whitney [Houston],” said Rita, who has already shot a video in L.A. “And that was the vibe we were on. We just wanted to feel good. You know that feeling of ‘How Will I Know’ with the synth? It just makes you feel happy; that’s what I wanted to create.”

She has also worked with Macklemore on a song called “Young Dreamers.” “It’s so cool. It’s for the kids, and it’s liberating and so fun,” shared Rita.

But she was most excited when she received a call from Prince. “We did a few tracks together. I flew to Minneapolis and went to Paisley Park, which is like his iconic studios and we just made music. I was there for a week. It was the best thing I have ever done in my life.”

The 23-year-old singer, who was just 17 when Jay Z signed her to Roc Nation, has developed a bond with her mentor throughout the years. “Now we’re at a place where I’ve grown up a little bit; it’s been two years since my last album,” she said. “It’s more of a brother-sister relationship really. He really cares about me and it’s nice to see a boss who also really wants you to succeed and he’s really doing everything in his power to make this perfect.”

See more photos from Rita’s Paper shoot below.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora

Photo credit: Harper Smith/Paper



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14 Comments

  1. Rubin

    Can’t wait to hear her new music, should be great!! She looks great too!

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Rubin, W.T.F. Prince called HER? I can’t even begin to express my outrage. Why has Prince been so consistently aligning himself with basic bitches (post-Janelle Moslay). First that episode on Two Broke Girls (or was it the New Girl? Either way it was at the bottom of the totem pole as far as television programming), then he’s consorting with the likes of C-List, as-unimpressive-as-it-gets Zoey Deschanel (pretty sure I spelled her name wrong, but when you’re unimpressive, who honestly gives a fuck?), and now it’s Rita Wanna-Be-Rihanna Ora? I’m so done. And frankly, I’m beyond offended that he hasn’t called Nicki because I would think that he might happen to love her since female rappers are basically the equivalent to female guitarists whom he favors and has frequently stated are far more interesting than their male counterparts.
    THEN this hoe wants to say that she’s sounding like Whitney? I’m PISSED.

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    Princerules Reply:

    @Mandela Barb,Whatever! Why would prince work with Nicki? Have you ever seen him work with a rapper before? Besides Nicki is as basic as they come

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    C Reply:

    @Mandela Barb, Seriously? First off, New Girl is one of the most watched television shows. Second, he wouldn’t work with Nicki because even though she has her moments, she is not that amazing. Prince is an icon. He works with people who have talent. Rita Ora is not basic. She is up and coming and new. He sees her potential.
    Stay pissed, no one cares, especially since you don’t know a thing about music… past or present.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @C, 1. “Most Watched” as far as statistics cannot be used to equate caliber of quality.
    2. “Potential” is a sensationally weak and pretentious base for an argument. It’s a cop out because every object is full of potential energy. It’s the ability to convert that potential energy into kinetic energy that separates the winners in life from the losers in life. You thought you could offer some semblance of a rebuttal to my comment talking shit about potential? That tells me several things: A. You don’t think very deeply. B. Because you don’t think very deeply, I can infer that you are indeed basic bitch. C. As a result of being a basic bitch, you naturally lose in the game of life.
    3. On what faulty grounds do you stand upon to make you feel that you are in a position to assess my knowledge of past/present music? How arrogant of you when nothing in your comment alludes to a profound know how yourself. I’ve never stated that I am knowledgeable about music, but my comments prove that I clearly know my shit.

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    lorind Reply:

    @Mandela Barb,

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    lorind Reply:

    @Mandela Barb, fuck all your famyli members i will rape your sister dont diss rita ora because is from albania shut your mouth

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  2. Rocky

    Rita Ora heyy?!?? Not gonna lie i’m jealous on the Prince studio sesh dmn

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  3. meme

    i music never hit home with me. with that said she has an incredible voice…I am optimistic about her music this time around

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  4. BEDSTUYFLY

    They’re still trying to make this girl happen… Its NOT going to happen.

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    DON Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, Just like Lil Kim in 2014.

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    BiggieTribute2011 Reply:

    @DON, Neither did your dads condom back whenever you were born

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @DON, Huh? I think you might be a bigger fan than I am.

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  5. Frankie

    She can really put on a live show but some of the music she sings is crap …. pop isn’t her forte. Should be singing R&B/soul, she has the voice for it.

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