No question that Rita Ora has caught the world’s attention as one of the more prominent new artists to come out this year. Knocking down 3 back to back #1 singles in a row over in the UK is no easy feat, but the Kosovo-born Brit has accomplished that within just a couple of months. Next Monday in the UK (and soon in the US), she plans on dropping her debut album ORA for the world to hear and she is featured in the September issue of GQ.
“It’s fun to show off your abilities,” she says, spearing a tiny Danish with a bejeweled talon and popping it in her mouth. “Your vocal range, your tone.” Jay-Z signed the Kosovo-born Brit to his label, Roc Nation, in 2009. Then he did the unthinkable: He gave her three years to finish her new debut album, Ora. For most starlets, that’s a lotta bankable time wasted; for Rita, it was three years to evolve into a singer who will have a—gasp!—career. “The public’s not stupid,” she says. “You can tell an honest artist from one who’s just been given all their songs.
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