She’s now as big as Shirley Bassey and Petula Clark.
For some reason, a lot of people don’t like Rita Ora, even though she’s quite clearly the best British pop star we’ve seen for quite some time.
Is it because she didn’t come to prominence through a reality TV show and people don’t feel ‘invested’ in her journey? Is it because, when she first appeared in DJ Fresh’s ‘Hot Right Now’ she came fully-formed as a potential superstar and it put a lot of people off? Or is it just because she does a lot of things besides releasing music and, besides in the UK, has kind of become famous for just being Rita Ora?
Whatever the reason, there’s no longer no reason to either sleep on Ora or to not agree that she is now a pretty bloody big deal.
This week, Rita’ collaboration with former boyband botherer Liam Payne, ‘For You’ entered the UK Top 10 for the first time at number 8. ‘For You’ is, of course, a complete stormer of a track whose opening synths are call back to Blade Runner and Rita’s presence on the song completely railroads poor Liam from proceedings and completes her metamorphosis into our biggest and best British pop star.
‘For You’s newest chart entry is also pretty big news for Rita – who gains her twelfth UK top 10 hit and equals a thirty year record originally set by Shirley Bassey and Petula Clark.
Also interesting to note; if ‘For You’ continues its upward trajectory on the charts and hits the top spot, Rita will gain her fifth UK number one, which would also see her tie with Cheryl Cole and Jess Glynne (!) as the British female solo artist with the most UK number ones.
So, all in all, Rita Ora; quite a good pop thing, who will continue to be so for quite some time hopefully.
Rita’s as-yet untitled second solo album will be released sometime in 2018.
Words by George Griffiths