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Rita Ora says the video for her new single is “intimate”.The singer has teamed up with Chris Brown for the track ‘Body On Me’.
The tune went on sale on Thursday (August 6) and the Brit told Capital FM that its promo clip should land in the coming weeks.
Ora said: “The video has been shot, it comes out in a week and a half and I can’t wait for you guys to see it.
“It’s probably one of the most intimate videos I’ve ever done, but it’s really exciting.”
The video was shot by Colin Tilley and the filming took place in Los Angeles.
‘Body On Me’ is due to feature on Ora’s upcoming second album, which is slated for a November release.
Rita Ora has revealed that she’s desperate for a canine companion this Christmas and really hopes that someone fulfils that wish.
Speaking about her dream gift, the hitmaker confessed that a dog is at the top of her list:
“I really want a dog, so let’s see who listens to that. And I would really like to know how to set flowers, like go to a flower-arranging class. I can finally buy my parents something that they’ve always wanted. I can’t wait to go home – I’ve missed them so much and I’m never home.”
The beauty went onto add that she can’t wait to see all of her relatives over the festive period because family is incredibly important to her:
“I’m from Albania, so for us it’s just an excuse for all the family to get together. And, for me, I take it really seriously because it’s the one day I have to just wake up and not put make-up on and eat what I like. You can do whatever you want for the day. We have dinners, talk a lot of nonsense, act foolish and drink a lot of wine.”
‘Shine Ya Light’ hitmaker Rita Ora has admitted that her second album will be “more directional” now that she’s older and is more sure of herself.
The singer was only 18-year-old when she began working on her debut, entitled ‘Ora’, and thinks she has grown in a way that will be reflected on her forthcoming sophomore effort.
She explained to Music News that she’s no longer experimenting with style as she has found her groove so will showcase her talents in a more certain way this time around:
“‘Ora’ was a funny situation. I was still figuring myself out. I was 18 and I’m 22 now. I was experimenting. This second album is more directional, much clearer. I definitely know what I want more and it’s pretty straightforward with what I’m trying to say with this second album.”
“It’s very clear and that’s why I had to make a new album. There’s still elements of pop in there, but pop from when it was pop – from the Blondie, No Doubt days to turning it into my love for ’90s hip-hop.”
Watch Rita Ora talk about her love of fashion and accessories below:
Rita Ora enters the lounge in Sony’s New York headquarters and immediately curls up on a couch, kicking off a pair of pointy, cherry-red Louboutin pumps so new that one still has a price sticker inside. She is only 22, but one gets the sense that Ora is already the sort of person who’s able to make herself comfortable wherever she goes. Plus, high heels are still foreign territory for her.
“Growing up, I would usually just be like one of the boys,” she explains. “I became kind of a sneakerhead.” Ora’s tomboy roots still peek out, in the menswear-inspired outfit she’s wearing by the British designer J.W. Anderson — perfectly starched white dress shirt and red tartan trousers — and in the videos for both of her catchy-as-hell singles, the soaring, forget-your-ex anthem “R.I.P.” and the party jam “How We Do.”
Her West London upbringing — her family moved there from of Yugoslavia when she was a baby—comes out in bits and pieces, too. “We all stick by each uvva,” she says of her labelmates on Roc Nation, to which Jay-Z signed her in 2009 after she’d spent several years performing in bars around London. And how did that go down?
“The first thing Jay said to me was, ‘Hey, kid!’ ” Ora recalls, doing a near-perfect impression of Jay-Z’s signature genial bark. “He raised me a little bit. It’s very much of a family feeling.” Jay-Z and Beyoncé were both in attendance at Ora’s first U.S. performance, at a Cartier party in New York City last April. Ora didn’t know they were coming, but had coincidentally prepared an homage of sorts. “I was singing ‘Say My Name,’ and I was nervous because it was in front of the queen!” Ora says. “She did give me the stamp of approval at the end.” She’s not the only one: Ora’s debut album, Ora, which took her three years to finish, landed at number 1 on the U.K. charts when it was released last September. The record comes out stateside early this year.
Rita Ora, earlier this year, was a guest judge on the X Factor in which she received great praise for her time there. During that time, she put through Rylan Clark instead of Gary Barlow. SugarScape caught up with our girl for an exclusive interview – check it out below:
Hey Rita, how are your American adventures going?
It’s been going good, I’m a bit ill at the moment but you know! We’ve been going to lots of crazy places. I love LA – I’m on my way there now – but we’ve been to Tennessee, Atlanta, Miami.. We’ve been to Toronto, Chicago was really cool too. I think Chicago and Toronto were two of my favourites.
What are the crowds like over there, could they take on the British fans?
I think in the UK people know my songs more when I play shows, but the fans are actually quite similar. The reaction is exactly the same from the fans.
So we are feeling suitably teased by that snippet of the Shine Ya Light video that’s lurking about on the internet – how was it going back Kosovo to film it?
It was so hectic! We flew into Pristina from LA and we had this like VIP section cordoned off for us and then when we left there were loads of fans and kids and photographers outside.
We were trying to shoot the video in all these different locations but basically every half an hour it would get completely filled with all these people so we’d have to move to another location. It was so much fun though, we got to ride motorbikes with this motorbike crew and lots of stuff like that..
The motorbike stunts looks pretty badass in the teaser..
Yeah, it was the most fun to shoot.
Did you have this big vision of how you wanted the video to come across?
I just wanted to celebrate.. I mean it’s called Shine Ya Light so I just wanted people to feel like they could celebrate who they are and where they’re from – that’s how I wanted to do my video.
I mean I was born there, in Pristina, but I moved to London when I was one so that’s why I chose to do it there, to go home for it.
Well Beyonce’s already given the track a big fat thumbs up hasn’t she?
Oh yeah, she loves that song!
She said she’s been playing it on repeat. That must feel pretty good?
She posted on her blog saying she liked it. She’s so sweet, I’m like, ‘Thankyouuu!’. I’ve met her loads of times and she’s really, really nice. Like just how you’d expect her to be – unbelievably so.
We could not be more jealous. Speaking of rave reviews, have you had a chance to see much of the X Factor to check out how the acts you let through at the auditions are getting on?
I have been watching it, not a lot because of touring – it’s like whatever I can watch online when I get a chance. But obviously I’ve been watching all the ones that I gave a yes to and all the people are really, really good.
Personally I think Ella is really cool, she’s so good but loads of them are. I think it’s really good because every year there are surprises. Like with One Direction – they didn’t win but they’ve basically taken over the world and that’s pretty amazing how X Factor does that.
What about Rylan – are you glad you let him through?
You know what, I just think he’s really funny and entertaining so yeah.
He seems to have a pretty big fan base, even if Gary wasn’t over the moon about you guys putting him through?
Nooo, he wasn’t that impressed, but I mean there are so many people – like the Gangnam Style guy – that you still like but don’t have to take too seriously. It’s all just about it being a bit of fun and having entertainment value.