It’s not often that a new artist comes along and scores comparisons to two of the world’s biggest pop stars. I’m talking about British singer Rita Ora, one of Roc Nation’s newest signees, who’s already garnered critical acclaim likening her to both Rihanna and Beyoncé. Rita stopped by MTV recently, and we had the chance to shoot the breeze with her. We also had to the chance to marvel at her seriously flawless skin up close, and we booked an emergency facial immediately after our chat.
Watch our interview with Rita Ora after the jump.
The “How We Do (Party)” singer was super candid (and the nicest of the nice) during our chat, in which she opened up about her dream collaborator (Gwen Stefani), her favorite British slang and learning to sing. She reveals that she started singing when she was just around 6 years old, but it wasn’t until her early teens when she really learned to sing — to a Celine Dion song. Then, THEN, homegirl straight up busts out into “Because You Loved Me,” and even though she forgets the words (it’s pretty adorable, actually), HOLY S***. I was in that room, y’all! I sat there all like:
Damn. Rita also shares her input on a very heated debate: The Wanted versus One Direction! “I would have to say both!” Media Training 101, ladies and gents. Finally, Ms. Ora lets us in on a few key pieces of advice from her boss, head HOV, Jay-Z: “Patience… Know yourself, keep your circle tight. Keep your friends and your work circle tight.” Take notes, people — that’s probably the closest you’ll ever get to an Oprah’s Life Class with HOV.