Rita Sahatçiu Ora (born Rita Sahatçiu; 26 November 1990) is a British singer and actress.
She rose to prominence in February 2012 when she featured on DJ Fresh’s single “Hot Right Now”, which reached number one in the UK. Her debut studio album, Ora, released in August 2012, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom. The album contained the UK number-one singles “R.I.P.” and “How We Do (Party)”. Ora was the artist with the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012, with three consecutive singles reaching the top position.
In January 2014, Adidas announced a designer collaboration with Ora for their brand, Adidas Originals. The two singles from her upcoming second studio album, “Your Song” and “Anywhere”, both reached the UK top-ten in 2017. In January 2013, Ora revealed that her second album would be clearer and have more direction than the first one. On 26 February 2013, she revealed to Digital Spy that her second album shows a different angle to a “party girl.” On 24 May 2013, Ora was the headline act on In New Music We Trust stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. On 28 June 2013, Ora performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
On 18 May 2014, the song “I Will Never Let You Down” debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, making it Ora’s fourth overall single to reach the apex of the chart, and third as a solo artist. In July 2014, Ora featured on Iggy Azalea’s single titled “Black Widow” which peaked at number four in the UK, and became Ora’s first top ten song on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number three. On 14 December 2014, Ora performed at the 2014 telecast of Christmas in Washington, filmed at the National Building Museum. On 22 February 2015, at the 87th Academy Awards, she performed the Academy Award-nominated song “Grateful”, which appears in the film Beyond the Lights. On 28 June 2015, Ora released the song “Poison”, which debuted at number three on the UK Singles Chart, becoming her sixth top five single in the country.
In December 2015, Ora filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation, seeking release from the label and citing that the contract she signed in 2008 is “unenforceable”, due to California’s “seven-year rule”. The complaint stated that she’s “only been permitted to release one album despite creating multiple additional records for release” and that her relationship with Roc Nation is “irrevocably damaged”. Her complaint also pointed out a breach of contract, reporting that Roc Nation breached the recording agreement by improperly taking twenty percent commission of her income. In January 2016, Roc Nation filed a counter-lawsuit against Ora for breaking her recording contract, in New York. They reached a settlement in May 2016. In June 2016, it was reported that she signed a new record deal with Atlantic Records. On 3 September 2016, she performed in a concert at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, in Rome, at the vigil for Mother Teresa’s canonisation, alongside other Albanian artists, accompanied by the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra. On 26 May 2017, Ora released her first solo single in almost two years, titled “Your Song”, which peaked at number seven in the UK. The track is expected to be the lead single from Ora’s upcoming second studio album, after previous attempts at her second record were lost in her lawsuit against her former label, Roc Nation. Ora performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend on 28 May 2017. The second single, “Anywhere”, became her eleventh top ten song in the UK, peaking at number two. In January 2018, Liam Payne and Ora released the song “For You”, from the soundtrack of the film Fifty Shades Freed, in which Ora co-stars. In February, “For You” reached number eight in the UK, marking Ora’s 12th top-ten song and equalling a 30-year-old record, jointly held by Shirley Bassey and Petula Clark, for most top-ten songs by a British female solo artist. In May, Ora released the song, “Girls”, featuring all-female singers, Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha.