Rita Ora admitted that when she first found out that several of her songs from her forthcoming debut album was leaked online, she was pissed off. But after she discovered that fans loved the songs, she was quickly pleased :)
When Digital Spy asked if she was annoyed by the leaks, she answered, “It kind of did a bit in the beginning. In fact, it really did p*ss me off. But people seemed to love my music and I just kept going with my plans.”
When asked if the leaked tracks will appear on her debut LP, Rita Ora said: “I still have a few surprises. I’m being able to work with some great artists. I can tell you there’s a surprise, and it’s definitely involved in the rock camp.”
Digital Spy also managed to grab a few minutes out of Rita’s busy schedule for a quick phone interview. Here it is:
Where are you at the moment? It sounds very noisy in the background.
“I’m literally on the plane about to take-off. I was like, ‘Quick! Give me the phone quick before the plane takes off!’”
Where are you off too?
“I’m going to LA for one day. I’m literally going for one night and then coming back.”
Is that because you’re busy promoting your new single in the UK?
“Yes! Actually, I’m really, really proud of it and I’m proud at how much me and Roc Nation have worked as a team. We’ve been building this album for two and a half years, so seeing it kind of unveiling itself has been really, really special and I’m very happy with it.”
‘R.I.P.’ was written by Drake and co-produced by Chase & Status. Were you nervous taking on a track with so much talent already on it?
“I wasn’t nervous. I kind of made myself want to be there. I’m a huge fan of everyone involved, so it was just like a load of musicians really excited to be working together.”
The song was initially offered to Rihanna, which has drawn comparisons between you both. Is that annoying?
“It’s a compliment to be compared to someone like her. She’s so successful and an amazing woman. I’d rather be compared to her than someone not as successful, so it’s good. I’ll take that!”
You’re signed to Roc Nation; what is Jay-Z like?
“He’s a great boss. He knows his stuff and what it takes to be successful. I’m really lucky to have someone that loves music as well as knows the business.”
He comes across as a laid back sort of person…
“He is. He’s so chilled. He lets you grow. He doesn’t influence your music at all, he just helps you. He lets you do your own thing.”
Have you had a chance to meet Beyoncé and Blue Ivy yet?
“Well… they’re very much a family. I’ve seen her around. She’s now a mom so she’s always with the baby. It’s great to see such a tight family, you know? It’s refreshing. It’s something that I would like to achieve one day.”
Quite a lot of your tracks and demos have leaked online; that must have annoyed you.
“Yeah, it kind of did a bit in the beginning. In fact, it really did p*ss me off. But people seemed to love my music and I just kept going with my plans. Hopefully when it comes out, people will just forget about it and remember my songs. It’s annoying, but it happens, I guess.”
Will any of them appear on the album?
“I still have a few surprises. I’m being able to work with some great artists. I can tell you there’s a surprise, and it’s definitely involved in the rock camp. [Working with] Azealia Banks was great too – she’s a breath of fresh air.”
Are there any songs that you’re particularly keen for your fans to hear?
“I’ve got a song called ‘Roc The Life’ which I worked on with The Dream. I’m really looking forward to hearing what people make of it. I also have a song which was written by Ester Dean. I’m actually flying out there now to record it.”
So the album is far from finished then?
“No no, not wrapped up yet. Definitely not. For me it’s not wrapped up until it’s put on the shelves!”
There’s a lot of attention on you in America as well. Is it a lot to take in all at once?
“It is, but it’s good. It’s what I’ve always wanted. It’s a lot of work, but this is what I wanted!”
It seems to be a good time for UK acts to be in the US. Just look at Jessie J…
“Jessie J is a great, great girl. I’m a friend and have always been a fan of hers. I’m happy to see her doing her thing. And I love One Direction, I’m a fan of theirs. I haven’t met the guys yet, but I’m following them.”
You were once in line to enter The Eurovision Song Contest. Are you glad you didn’t?
“When I was younger, I did my first audition at Eurovision. I was about 17. After my first audition I blacked out, I was just like, ‘I can’t do this’. I’m not knocking it or anything – it’s been around for years. I’m just very, very happy I made that decision myself. I think that’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
You’re supporting Coldplay’s upcoming arena tour. Are you nervous?
“I’m really nervous but I’m so excited. The arenas are gonna be huge. I’m just going to take it as it comes and try to have a good time.”
What would you say the best Coldplay song ever is?
“That’s so hard! ‘Fix You’, I think.”
That was the right answer. Thanks very much for your time!
“No, thank you very much. I’m being nagged as we speak to switch my phone off for take-off!”
Source: Digital Spy