Rita Ora is coming to the coast and headlining the MTV Presents Gibraltar Calling Festival on September the 21st and 22nd and this year is tipped to be bigger and better than before with a star-studded line up including Stormzy, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Chase & Status to name a few. Rita is sure to rock the Rock and end the summer with a bang.
But who is Rita Ora, where does she come from and what made her raise to fame. Rita Ora is a worldwide, multi number one selling recording artist, singer, songwriter and actress, and was a household name as one of our beloved judges on The Voice. At just 27-years-old Rita has acquired a net worth of $16 million, a $1.3 million home, which she gave to her parents after installing a 200,000 pound panic room to keep them safe, amid a terrifying break-in back in 2015. Four cars, including a Mercedes ML Class and a Cadillac XTS, and even bagged herself Cheryl Coles ex, 24-year- old, One Direction megastar and heartthrob boyfriend Liam Payne at the recent MTV VMA’s.
“It’s been a definite up and down rollercoaster!”
Rita was born Miss Rita Sahatciu on November 26th 1990 in Pristina, Yougoslavia (now Kosovo) to parents Vera Bajraktari, a psychiatrist and Besnik Sahatciu an economist and pub owner. Moving to London aged one, Rita began performing from a young age and graduated from the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School, which produced numerous British pop stars such as Emma Bunton and Amy Winehouse. Rising to fame debuting on DJ fresh number one single ‘Hot Right Now’ in February 2012, Rita then released her own debut album entitled Ora which also made it to the top of the charts, not only with the album but with two number one singles ‘RIP’ and ‘How We Do’.
Rita then went onto meet Scottish super star DJ Calvin Harris and they fell in love and released the smash hit “I Will Never Let You Down” together. Rita could not have been happier, proclaiming that this was the very first time she had ever been in love, but Rita’s world was quickly turned upside down when Calvin publically embarrassed Rita on Twitter announcing their split after numerous tabloid reports of Rita partying with other men and Calvin seen out with other women. Broken hearted Rita then had her world further torn apart as Calvin placed a music ban on her from performing any songs they had made together. Calvin finally lifted the music ban earlier this year and Rita was set to be full steam ahead on the final production and release of her long awaited second album. When tragedy hit Rita once again, when her good friend, inspiration and music collaborator Swedish superstar DJ Avicci, devastatingly took his own life. Rita had worked with Avicci on his last song he released before he killed himself “Let’s Be Lonely Together” and she feels responsible to bring out the message for him and will be releasing it again as part of her second album.
Despite her hardships Rita still managed to release four songs internationally this year, and has made headlines with her controversial song ‘Girls’. Where she proclaims that “sometimes, she just wants to kiss girls”. ‘Girls’ has been used by many women as a song about empowerment and freedom but some in the LGBT community found the track to be insensitive to bisexuality. Rita apologised to anyone who had been offended and explained that “I ain’t one-sided, I’m open-minded/ I’m 50-50, I ain’t ever gonna hide it,” during the first sing-song verse, she tells Billboard that “Girls” is more about being label-free. “I just really wanted to show a side of me that just represents freedom and the belief [that you should] really be what you want to be,” Rita said. “It’s not actually that deep. It really is just about that. It’s a free message, and for me, really fun. It’s just a fun record.” And all can agree Rita deserves a bit of fun after the last few years she has had.
In a recent interview with Billboard Rita announced that she is finally releasing her long awaited second album this year and said “it’s been a long journey, we all know it’s been a definite up and down rollercoaster and I’m glad it’s all just came to a stand still.”
After four long, hard years of heartbreak, setbacks and grief, Rita is finally set to release the album later this year. Rita told DIRECTV: “I think my fans can just expect tears, blood, sex, rock and roll, and the fulfilment of it finally happening! November is when I’m putting it out, because it’s my birthday month.”
If you haven’t already booked your tickets to see Rita Ora perform at the MTV Presents Gibraltar calling on September 21st and 22nd there is still time, tickets are available at www.gibraltarcalling.com. This is set to be Rita Ora’s performance of a lifetime as she sings for her friend late friend Avicci, women all around the world and for herself, in the admiration that she has persevered, endured and succeeded. You go Rita. Rocks salutes you.