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By the time of her proper debut full-length, 2012's Ora, Kosovan-born, London-bred popstar Rita Ora was already primed to take over the pop culture throne. Enormously huge in Europe although lesser-known in the States, Ora began collaborating with label head Jay-Z, as well as R&B phenom Drake in 2009, and the host of big-name guests and producers who helped build Ora is as impressive as any roster of mainstream Top 40 artists circa 2009-2012. The album boasts production from Stargate and the-Dream, cameo appearances by, Tinie Tempah, and J. Cole, as well as songwriting help from Ester Dean who's penned hits for Li'l Wayne, Katy Perry, Niki Minaj, and countless other superstars. Every element is in place for Ora to be a dazzling piece of disposable radio pop, and no part of the album's 12 tracks disappoints. Ora's pristine R&B vocals walk some of the same mega-diva territory as Beyoncé or Rihanna, but with defiantly thuggish undertones in the form of a casually profane demeanor and a certain kind of tough venerability in both lyrical and vocal delivery. The production is the sonic equivalent of any Hollywood blockbuster movie, with huge beats, precision songwriting, and performances so perfect they'd be sterile if Ora's larger-than-life personality wasn't the biggest part of the equation. Singles like "R.I.P.," "How We Do (Party)," and "Shine Ya Light" are all meticulously constructed anthems of partying, empowerment, and romance, crafted by the same minds responsible for dozens of other radio hits. Ora manages to be more captivating than her peers by merit of her real approach to her songs, but sonically the album is somewhat interchangeable with any number of Top 40 artist making their name in R&B-tinged-pop. Ora will either be taken as a delightful example of perfect ear candy or a Beyoncé knock-off, depending on how closely it's investigated. Repeat listens will expose a masterpiece of unrepentantly commercial pop on the same level as anything by better-known names, and with more interesting stories to tell than most of them.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2012
Label: Sony Uk
UPC: 0887254583622
catalogNumber: 5458362
Rank: 77956


  1. Facemelt
  2. Roc the Life
  3. How We Do (Party)
  4. R.I.P.
  5. Radioactive
  6. Shine Ya Light
  7. Love and War
  8. Uneasy
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Been Lying
  11. Hello, Hi, Goodbye
  12. Hot Right Now

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rita Ora   Primary Artist,Vocals
Greg Kurstin   Keyboards   Synthesizer
Fraser T. Smith   Keyboards
Lil Eddie   Background Vocals
Alex Delicata   Guitar (Electroacoustic)
Chris Loco   Keyboards
Rachel Rabin   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jermaine Jackson   Composer
Hal Davis   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dan Stein   Composer
Pat Thrall   Arranger,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Bob Weston   Composer
K. White   Composer
Kuk Harrell   Vocal Producer
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Stargate   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Invisible Man   Composer,Vocal Engineer
DJ Fresh   Producer,Engineer
Alexis Latrobe   Composer
Ariel Rechtshaid   Composer
Brandon Linney   Arranger,Composer,Producer   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Sia   Composer,Vocal Producer
Fraser T. Smith   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Sean Davidson   Composer
Diplo   Additional Production
Bonnie McKee   Composer
Makeba Riddick   Composer
Jason Agel   Engineer
Lil Eddie   Vocal Producer
Rob Kinelski   Engineer
Nikki Flores   Vocal Producer
Jesse Shatkin   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer
Edwin Serrano   Composer
Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva   Engineer
Ester Dean   Composer
Jules De Martino   Composer,Producer
Marcos Tovar   Engineer
Josh Gudwin   Engineer
Andrew Harr   Composer
Rita Ora   Composer
David "DQ" Quinones   Vocal Producer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Harley Wertheimer   Composer
Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young   Engineer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
Beatriz Artola   Engineer
Shea Taylor   Additional Production
Michael Linney   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Xavier Stephenson   Engineer
Wez Clarke   Programming
Kelly Sheehan   Composer,Vocal Producer
Saul Milton   Composer
Nneka Egbuna   Composer
Farhad Samadzada   Composer
Runners   Producer
Monarch   Additional Production
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Alex Delicata   Arranger
Jermaine Cole   Composer
Sam Wheat   Engineer
Andre Davidson   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Sarah Stennett   Management
Will Kennard   Composer
David Taylor   Composer
Andrea Martin   Vocal Producer
William Adams   Composer
Zoe McConnell   Cover Photo
Chris Loco   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Osten Harvey   Composer
Renee "Shi" Wisdom   Composer
Mark Everton Gray   Engineer
James Fountleroy   Composer
Rachel Rabin   Composer,Vocal Producer

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