March 21, 2014


Rita Ora Enlists Prince, Macklemore & Calvin Harris for New Album

Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic
Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic

Two years ago, UK pop star Rita Ora released her debut full length, Ora. No one knew much about her at the time: She was young, she was signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation and she was dating Rob Kardashian at the time. 

For most Americans, the mystery still exists. With her upcoming sophomore LP, all of that is about to change. In a recent interview with Paper Magazine the singer spilled the details of her highly-anticipated second album.

The first single is titled "I Will Never Let You Down" and is produced by her EDM superstar boyfriend Calvin Harris. "It’s obviously a very important song to me because it’s a love song, but it reminds you of Whitney [Houston]," Ora said. "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."

Rita Ora has her eyes set on America: "Conquering America for a UK artist is incredible because that’s what everybody wants and dreams about. I am a bit nervous. I am a bit scared, I’ll be honest."

But she has several A-list collaborators to help her U.S. conquest. Ora revealed she's written a song with Macklemore titled "Young Dreamers" and that she flew to Minneapolis for a week to record with Prince in his famed Paisley Park studios. "He plays like 50 instruments so you could do anything and he'll fix it. He has an answer for everything. He's a genius. When we connected I basically got a call from my management saying, 'Prince would love to speak to Rita.' And I was like, 'Wait, like the actual prince? The Prince of Wales?' But I went that night and met him and we listened to music and it was amazing."

Ora gets points off for thinking British royalty before the Purple One, but we're still excited for her album.