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Rita Ora – “Slide” Calvin Harris Acoustic Cover | Elvis Duran Live

Rita Ora gave Calvin Harris’ hit single “Slide” an acoustic twist on Monday (July 17), covering the hit track for the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.

With an acoustic guitar accompaniment, the British singer handled both Frank Ocean and Quavo’s parts on the Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 song, really belting out the chorus at the end.

It’s a particularly notable song choice for Ora, as she and Harris dated from 2013-2014.

Speaking with Marie Claire in 2015, Ora said that time after their collaboration “I Will Never Let You Down” came out “everything started to go a bit weird. I don’t know if it was because business was mixed with personal or what.”


Watch Ora’s “Slide” performance here:


You can read Rita’s interview for BILD here.

The Sunday Times Culture (May)

After five years of modelling, acting, talent shows and even diplomacy, Rita Ora is back to her real day job. It’s the music that matters, she tells Lisa Verrico – READ ARTICLE HERE

Rita Ora returns to music with new track Your Song!

Rita Ora has announced that she will finally return to the music fold with a new single titled Your Song – which was penned by super songwriter Ed Sheeran.

Considering it’s been written by the multi-platinum selling Divide creator, it’s no doubt got the word ‘hit’ written all over it. It’s the first single to be released from Ora’s untitled, forthcoming album,which is set for release for May 26. ‘I’m so excited to share that my new single Your Song is coming on May 26,’ Rita, 26, shared on Instagram. ‘Can’t wait for you guys to hear it!’ The singer also teased her collaboration with Ed a few weeks ago, sharing a short video of the two working and listening to music together.

Rita’s new music follows her a turbulent few years that saw her sign a new record deal with Atlantic Records after suing her previous label, Jay Z’s Roc Nation, for ‘orphaning’ her in an unfair contract.

?? 'Your Song' 26.05.17 ??sooooo excited!

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Interview: Q&A with Rita Ora

Interview: Q&A with Rita Ora

Born in Prishtina, Kosovo, Rita Ora, 24, came to London with her family after war broke out. She attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School and in 2009 was signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation. Her debut album went to no 1 in 2012. Her movies include Fifty Shades Of Grey and Southpaw, she is a new X Factor judge and the face of Tezenis, the Italian underwear brand.


What is your earliest memory?
Playing hide and seek in a cemetery in Earl’s Court when I was seven –no one found me and I thought I was going to get stolen by ghosts.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I block people out when they are talking to me. It comes across as rude but I can’t do two things at once.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What was your most embarrassing moment?
My first “nip slip”, at Lovebox, 2009.

Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A Rolex watch for my dad’s birthday.

What is your most treasured possession?
My new dog, Cher. She’s a maltipoo.

What is your screensaver?
An old Versace campaign with Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My butt and my upper thighs.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Julianne Moore. She is beautiful.

What is your favourite word?

Which book changed your life?
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey.

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
“You can’t do that.”

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My first love. We started to date at 16, then it all went Pete Tong.

What does love feel like?
Like you’re flying.

What was the best kiss of your life?
When my mum kisses my forehead.

Have you ever said, “I love you” and not meant it?
Yes – I am not going to lie.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Blondie, Tina Turner, David Bowie and Michelle Obama.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
I got dropped from two record deals when I was 14 and 17.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
That I didn’t think I knew everything.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
To Kosovo and stop the war.

When did you last cry, and why?
Getting an honorary ambassadorship from the president of Kosovo in July.

How often do you have sex?
As much as I can.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
Death is my biggest phobia. I used to have panic attacks when I was little, saying, “Mum, I don’t want to die.” I’ve been to therapy and still try to go every week.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
A garden of my own.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
Frank Sinatra singing My Way.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To never give up.

Jake Gyllenhaal ‘has a lot of time’ for Rita Ora


The 34-year-old actor – who stars with the ‘How We Do’ hitmaker in the upcoming drama ‘Southpaw’ – gushed over the talented singer turned actress and insists the blonde beauty had no problems remembering her lines after it was rumoured she had had to be fed her words via ear pieces for her two line cameo in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ last year.
Speaking at a preview of the film in Cannes, France, Jake said: “[There were] no problems at all. She was great. People will see she brought a lot. I have a lot of time for her.”

The film is being distributed by The Weinstein Company, and it’s chairman, film producer Harvey Weinstein was equally impressed by the blonde beauty’s ability to take on the gritty film, in which she plays a prostitute in danger of being murdered.

He told The Sun newspaper: “She was prepared. She had no vanity, no problem looking as bad as she does in the film. People will see a different, dramatic side to her.I would work with her again.”

Rita, 24, added she is hoping to land even bigger movie roles in the future.

She said: “The whole movie aspect for me is something I love but it’s something I don’t mind growing in to.”

She has also spoken about working alongside Jake and credited him with making it “very easy” for the pair to star alongside each other.

The star says the ‘Brokeback Mountain’ star – who plays pugilist Billy Hope – was very helpful on set and gave her lots of advice which she took on board as she starts off her acting career.

She said: “It was an incredible experience! Jake made it very easy for me. The role that I play, is indeed very far away from my real life. But this role made me see a few things differently now.”


“This Is a New Chapter of My Life, I’m Ready to Move On”

“What do you think? Should we go see Mariah Carey or Bruno Mars?” asks Rita Ora, planning her Saturday evening’s antics in Las Vegas. In terms of respective set times, the pop star could technically go see Mariah’s Caesars Palace residency then be done in time for Bruno’s headline slot at Rock In Rio festival. “Yeah? Sorted. You’re coming with,” she smiles.

Rita’s arrived at the MGM Grand where she’s staying to present at the Billboard Music Awards (held here in Sin City last night). Entering her room is like landing in Aladdin’s Cave. She’s only been here a hot minute but all her worldly possessions appear spread out around her. Apart from some Chanel trinkets that have gone astray somewhere between London, the East Coast, LA, and wherever Rita’s been jetsetting to for the past 48 hours.

Louis Vuitton suitcases crammed with outfits are strewn all over, boxes of scarves, bags of rock t-shirts (Bad Brains, Bowie, Circle Jerks), a hat case filled with headwear and a hairdresser who’s sat on the bed with us, cutting Rita’s casual, long white braids out to prepare her for an ultra glam red carpet look tomorrow. Four different choices from room service are on the bed. Wherever Rita Ora goes, she has options for every eventuality, ready for whatever takes her flight when it eventually arrives. She relentlessly believes all of it will. That’s why she’s constantly on-the-go. Rita has looks for days, business deals to make reality and a music career she’s almost re-launching from scratch. “Guys, where are my socks?” Thankfully, she has socks too, somewhere among the clothes rubble.

Born Rita Sahatçiu, 24 years ago in Pristina, Kosovo, she was barely a year old when her parents fled the war-torn country with their family—including her older sister Elena,who now acts as her manager—moving to a housing project in West London. Named as a nod to her filmmaker grandfather’s favorite actress Ms. Hayworth, Rita showed an early aptitude for the spotlight, the seeds of which were sown when, at six-years-old, she scored the starring role of Cinderella in the school play. Eventually she enrolled in Sylvia Young Theatre School, whose alum include Amy Winehouse and Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton. In 2009, despite featured appearances on singles by Craig David and Tinchy Stryder, she auditioned for the Eurovision Song Contest, a cheesy European talent competition.

She sailed through and was offered the chance to represent the UK, but wisely went with her gut and pulled out. Thanks to some savvy management reach out, by the end of that year Rita was in New York meeting with Jay Z. Fourt-eight hours later she signed to Roc Nation, and two years after that, when Rita was still a teenager, her debut record, Ora, went to number one in the UK. The album included four songs which also went to number one and its long-protracted follow-up (two years is an eon in pop terms), is being readied for a release later this year.

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