In House With Rita Ora: Singer Drops 'How We Do (Party)' Video, Calls Rodney Jerkins a 'Legend,' Praises Daphne Guinness
Rita Ora has manners. She's come bearing gifts in the form of scones. A small British quick bread, the pastry comes in a wealth of varieties, which is similar to the musical selection the blonde chanteuse is combining on her Roc Nation debut LP. She's worked with the likes of Drake and Rodney Jerkins on the effort and has a surprising collaboration with an English music duo and a female rapper that is sure to rock speakers -- we'll be sure to release that info at the proper time.
Under Jay-Z's tutelage, the 21-year-old Kosovo-born, British native locked down a spring tour with Coldplay and debuted her first U.S. single and accompanying video for "How We Do (Party)," featuring a Notorious B.I.G. sample of his 1993 hit "Party and Bulls---." Rita is far from a Brooklyn girl, but her vibrant personality and free-spirited ways stay true to the essence of Biggie's original track.
She's making her mark in America and the release of her currently untitled album this summer will prove whether she's hit or missed the bullseye. With a No. 1 in the U.K. already, her confidence level is on high. The tattooed singer spent some time in our offices speaking about her "shocking" studio experience with Rodney Jerkins, the Daphne Guinness items she envies, a passion for hearing Eric Clapton and B.B. King and why Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love holds her heart.
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How has your schedule been these last few weeks?
So the last few weeks I've been preparing for my shows out here [in the U.S.]. I'm about to go on tour with Coldplay so I've been rehearsing for