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Rita Ora

Rita Ora biography

Wed 29 Feb 2012


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.  

Gallery: Rita Ora in pictures

Rita was certainly 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.

Interview: 4Music chats to Rita Ora

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.

Official video: R.I.P - Rita Ora (feat. Tinie Tempah)

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. 

Gallery: Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne at DKNY Artworks event

Unfortunately for Rita, her personal life has been under as much scrutiny as her professional life. High profile failed romances with Rob Kardashian and Calvin Harris have made the headlines as well as her partying lifestyle with celebrity friends including Cara Delevingne.

Official video: Torn Apart - Snoop Lion (feat. Rita Ora)

However, undeterred, Rita is proving she has more than one string to her bow, carving out a lucrative modelling and fashion design sideline and scoring the role of Mia in 50 Shades of Grey. In 2014, Rita was one of the faces of DKNY, Roberto Cavalli and Marks & Spencers. She also designed for Addidas.

Review: Rita Ora in London

Rita's musical comeback in 2014 with her No 1 Calvin Harris produced single, I Will Never Let You Down, was stalled after she split from the millionaire DJ. With much of her second album produced by Calvin, Rita was forced to go back to the drawing board and delay its much anticipated release.

Interview: Rita Ora's Style guide

Her collaboration with Iggy Azalea, Black Widow, hit the Top 5 in September 2014, marking Rita's return and fans are now wanting more.

Official video: I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora

2015 will not only see Rita releasing her second album, but appearing as a coach alongside will.i.am, Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson on The Voice. The singer has put the painful split with Calvin behind her and is set to concentrate on her career.

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Gallery: Twitpics: Rita Ora out with Harry Styles

Official video: Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh (feat. Rita Ora)

Video: Behind-the-scenes of Rita Ora and Tinie Tempah's video for R.I.P

Official video: Rita Ora - How We Do (Party)

Official video: Roc The Life - Rita Ora

Official video: Shine Ya Light

Official video: Radioactive

Interview: 4music.com meets Rita Ora

Video: Behind the scenes with K Koke and Rita Ora

Video: Rita Ora - Young, Single, Sexy by Arianit Ajdini

Video: Rita Ora - Radioactive by Arianit Ajdini

Gallery: Rita Ora's most daring styles

Video: Get the Rita Ora Look with Josh Newis-Smith

Video: Rock The Look - Behind the Scenes with Rita Ora

Official video: Iggy Azalea- Black Widow ft. Rita Ora (explicit)