Whoa! Rita Ora is pulling out all the stops for her new album it seems. After her debut U.K. Ora only saw decent success in the U.K., Roc Nation decided against putting the album out in the U.S. So, many of us have heard Rita Ora on the radio, and many of us follow her career, but she’s still hasn’t truly broken America. All that is set to change this year though, as the blonde bombshell is gearing up to release her sophomore effort (her debut U.S. album) in a matter of months. The album’s first single, “I Will Never Let You Down” is an uptempo dance-pop tune crafted by her boyfriend, Calvin Harris. Rita says that she hopes the song reminds us of an early 90’s Whitney Houston dance record.
“It’s obviously a very important song to me because it’s a love song, but it reminds you of Whitney. And that was the vibe we were on. We just wanted to feel good. You know that feeling of ‘How Will I Know’ with the synth? It just makes you feel happy; that’s what I wanted to create.”
Aside from the new single, Rita tells Paper Magazine that she has enlisted Prince and Macklemore to join her on the album. We also know that she was recently in the studio with Roc Nation managed MMG rapper, Meek Mill. When speaking about how her Prince collaboration came about, Rita had nothing but nice things to say.
“We did a few tracks together. I flew to Minneapolis and went to Paisley Park, which is like his iconic studios and we just made music. I was there for a week. It was the best thing I have ever done in my life.”
Her song with Macklemore is called “Young Dreamers” and is a sure set for being a future single. “It’s cool. It’s for the kids and it’s liberating and so fun.” Check out some stills, as well as the cover, from Rita’s recent cover spread with Paper Magazine below: