Who Is Rita Ora?

Influences

Rita Ora: “Early '90s hip-hop is an influence on my music. I have a variety of influences. You’ll hear it in the album. You’ll hear the No Doubt, Gwen Stefani side. You’ll hear the reggae kind of Bob Marley side and then you’ll hear the Celine Dion side. My dad had such a huge variety of music. I was never the type that loved a specific genre.

“When I was younger, I listened to all types of music. For me, it was always Celine Dion. When I heard her voice, I loved her. I think my dad had a crazy, random obsession with Celine Dion. He’s going to kill me for saying that but I always found her album and put it on. Me and my friends used to sing karaoke to it.

 

Gwen Stefani is my dream collaboration. I haven’t met her but I think if I did I would faint...

 

"I loved Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran, Destiny’s Child and Spice Girls. When I got about 13 or 14, I started listening to No Doubt. That got me obsessed with Gwen Stefani. I love her, I really do, I think she’s such a huge talent. Gwen Stefani is my dream collaboration. I haven’t met her but I think if I did I would faint.

“I do love Lana Del Ray’s album. I think she got hated on because no one was ready. I love that album. Despite the hype, she’s a fucking singer. Her lyrics are very good. You can’t knock that. She went number one in 13 countries. I’m listening to this Swedish band, Little Dragon, they’re really good and this guy called SBTRKT who is basically drum & bass but a breath of fresh air.

Azealia Banks is so cool. She’s a good friend of mine and she’s so dope. There may be [some collaborations], there’s definitely talks of stuff happening it’s just our schedules are really crazy. We both keep messaging each other like, ‘Let’s do this, let’s do this.’ But before the album comes out, you’ll definitely get something...if I have to handcuff her down. [Laughs.]”

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