Mai FM has the exclusive album stream of Rita Ora’s debut album 'Ora'! To be one of the first in Aotearoa to hear the entire album! 'Ora' is available in-stores and online from September 7th.
It's been an incredible year so far for Roc Nation / Sony Music signing Rita Ora, with two hit singles 'How We Do (Party)' and 'R.I.P' ft. Tinie Tempah under her belt, support gigs alongside Drake - as well as playing at every major UK festival and event this summer! There's plenty more where that came from. Rita Ora has fashioned a debut album that is ready to stake its claim on the world stage.
She has become a huge priority for Jay Z's Roc Nation and Sony Music, the music supremo introduced her and her single 'How We Do (Party)' personally to the American public with a surprise visit a top US radio station earlier this year. "I was so nervous!" she enthuses "but so excited too". Watch the interview with Jay-Z here: http://tiny.cc/e8rrjw
The name-check cast-list of people that have queued up to work with her reads like a Award ceremony of modern urban musical excellence, from the left-field margins right to the heart of the mainstream: as well as Drake and C&S, there is Diplo, Switch, Stargate, and The Dream to add to the list. "I can’t believe how lucky I've been," she says, "that these people have even given me the time of day, let alone clicked with me in making my album."
Rita Ora has a natural propensity toward mixing street-beats with pop. Her music is the contents of her young brain spilling out into song. The sounds she heard on the streets of Notting Hill, the brassy calypso and ragga of Carnival mingling with the ringtone pop emanating from fast food joints; the splash and funk of the locale’s black music history engaging with the elegant noise of gentrification. If she sounds black and white, hard and soft, rich and poor, it is because her world is full of those competing factions too. She just learnt to set it all to song. "My first record," she says, "had to sound exactly like my life."