Rita Ora has captured and held our attention over the past year, with her infectious smile and awesome tracks. With famous pals like Jay-Z, Harry Styles, Beyonce and Rob Kardashian, Rita’s getting love from the UK AND the US. But what don’t you know about her? Click through and find out…
Find out more about Rita Ora in our new fact-filled gallery. Click through to read all about her…
Rita was born in Kosovo, but moved to the UK before her first birthday.
Want to send her a birthday card? Rita was born on November 26, 1990.
Rita’s middle name is Sahatçiu. Love it.
Just like Lady Gaga has her ‘Little Monsters’, Rita calls her fans ‘Ritabots’!
Rita attended the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School in London.
Rita auditioned to be Great Britain’s 2009’s Eurovision Song Contest entry, but withdrew from the competition as she didn’t feel ready.
Multitalented Rita appeared in British movie, ‘Spivs’, alongside Nick Moran. It was released in 2004.
Rita’s first music release was a guest appearance on Craig David’s track, ‘Awkward’.
Rita went on to appear on Craig David’s ‘Where Is Your Love’, alongside Tinchy Stryder.
Rita was noticed by Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation back in 2009, and they flew her to NYC so they could meet her. Very nice!
Rita made appearances in Jay-Z’s ‘Young Forever’ music video…
…as well as Drake’s video for ‘Over’. Lucky girl…
Rita’s first job for Roc Nation was in an advert for Roc Nation + Skullcandy headphones!
In 2011, Rita started posting videos of her working on her debut album online, via YouTube.
DJ Fresh and Rita teamed up for ‘Hot Right Now’, which went to number one in February 2012. TUNE.
Rita worked with will.i.am, Drake, The-Dream, Ester Dean, Stargate and Kanye West, among others, on her debut record.
Rita supported Coldplay on tour, and Chris Martin even gave input into the order of tracks on her album!
O.R.A was finally released on August 27 2012, after Rita worked on it carefully for two years.
Her first solo number one was ‘R.I.P’, released in May 2012 – despite rumours, she says the song was NOT written for her pal Rihanna.
Beyonce, Aaliyah, Christina Aguilera, David Bowie, Madonna, Brandy and Monica are among those Rita’s listed among her top inspirations.
Despite what you may have heard, she’s just “close friends” with Rob Kardashian – he’s said they’re not dating.
Rita admits to lots of influences, but one name that comes up every time is Gwen Stefani. She’s said: “[Her] style and flow I just love. She is sooo cool to me!” Us too!
During her first meeting with Jay-Z, she scored around 50 pairs of free trainers after wiping a scuff mark on her shoe. He said, “You don’t need to do that,” and took her to get new pairs!
What can’t Rita do without? She confessed she’d take red lipstick, curlers, and her iPod to a desert island!
Rita is a fan of body ink – she currently has 14 tattoos! Something tells us she’ll be adding to those again soon…