Rita Sahatçiu Ora is a British singer, songwriter 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.
Rita Sahatçiu was born on November 26th of 1990 in Pristina, Yugoslavia (present-day Kosovo). Raised alongside two siblings by Albanian parents, her family relocated to London, England in 1991 when she was still a baby. Her parents emigrated to England because Albanians were being persecuted following the collapse of Yugoslavia.
Her last name roughly translates to "watchmaker" in Turkish, although her parents later changed the surname to "Ora" so that it could be easily pronounced by Londoners. Once Rita arrived in London, she quickly became interested in the performing arts. She began singing at a young age and attended a performing arts school in her youth.
Rita Ora began her music career singing in pubs during open mic sessions. Although she briefly entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, she quickly withdrew as she felt the contest would hinder rather than help her career. During this time, she signed with US-based record label Roc Nation and began work on her solo album.
Rita Ora broke through in 2011 after featuring on the track "Hot Right Now" by DJ Fresh. The single debuted at number one on the UK charts, and Ora began to tour in support of her upcoming debut album. Before the album was released, her singles "R.I.P." and "How We Do (Party)" topped the UK charts, elevating her to even greater fame.
In 2012, she released her debut album, "Ora." Although the album received mixed reviews, she was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. Throughout 2013, she continued to release more hits and announced her second album and a change in musical direction away from her "party girl" image. However, conflicts arose with her Roc Nation contract. She alleged that the label was preventing her from releasing another album, despite her having tons of material available. In the end, they settled the disagreement out of court and Rita Ora switched to Atlantic Records.
It wasn't until 2017 that she released another solo single, entitled "Your Song." In 2018, she contributed the track "For You" to the soundtrack of the film "Fifty Shades Freed." That year, she finally released her second album, "Phoenix," which featured tracks like "Let You Love Me." She followed up with tours throughout 2019. That year, she also contributed the track "Carry On" to the soundtrack of the film "Pokemon: Detective Pikachu." Although she announced a new album and started releasing singles from the upcoming release, it was pushed back indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020.
Rita Ora appeared in both "Fifty Shades Freed" and "Pokemon: Detective Pikachu," having also contributed to the films' soundtracks. She also appeared in TV shows such as "The Brief" and "Funny or Die." In addition, she appeared in the British film "Spivs."
Rita Ora is a British singer-songwriter and actress who has a net worth of $30 million. Ora is one of the most successful solo female singers to come out of the United Kingdom, and she has many high-charting hits to her name. She has also experienced considerable success outside of the United Kingdom with various mainstream singles.
Outside of singing, Ora has enjoyed a semi-substantial acting career. She is also an accomplished entrepreneur who has collaborated with various fashion brands to create her own clothing lines.