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Rita Ora

Is she Britain's answer to Rihanna?

With a passing resemblance and a love of gritty pop tunes, it's no surprise that Rita is being compared to Rihanna. What's more, her single R.I.P is even rumoured to have been written by Drake for the Bajan babe herself before Rita got her hands on it. No love lost, however, as Rita and Riri became fast friends! 

Rita featured on DJ Fresh's smash hit No. 1 Hot Right Now in 2011, but it wasn't until 2012 when it was announced that she would be touring with Coldplay on their Mylo Xyloto tour that she got her first real taste of the big time.  

Rita certainly seems to be making her mark as an artist in her own right though. Signed by Jay-Z himself, Rita was in good company whilst recording her debut album Ora working with everyone from will.i.am to Kanye West.

A brief stint as a guest judge on the ninth series of The X Factor made her a household name and more chart success soon followed with R.I.P ft. Tinie Tempah and How We Do (party) hitting the number one spot.

Ora was finally released in August 2012 and debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart. The album features collaborations with the likes of J. Cole and will.i.am, while single Shine Ya Light saw the singer go back to her birth place of Kosovo and become another hit for the star. 

Rita's musical comeback in 2014 proves she's not just a party girl, but a proper pop star who shines brightest through her beats.