America’s Next Top Model host Rita Ora returns with new music

British actress-singer’s new album will come out at the end of this year and a new single will be released this summer

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 June, 2017, 3:53pm
UPDATED : Monday, 26 June, 2017, 12:48pm

British actress-singer Rita Ora has been quiet musically of late. But the America’s Next Top Model host promises some new music this year.

The 26-year-old star showed her charismatic stage presence during the China Music Awards at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao, performing her hit Poison and her fourth British number one I Will Never Let You Down. She also picked up the Asia Most Popular International Artist Award.

Born in Kosovo (formerly Pristina, Yugoslavia), Ora moved to London with her family when she was still a toddler. Ora made her TV drama series debut in The Brief when she was 13. In 2012, she released her first album ORA which reached number one in Britain. She has been active on TV and in movies, such as being a coach in the fourth series of The Voice UK, a judge on the 12th series of The X Factor, and playing in the erotic romance Fifty Shades film series.


It’s the first time, actually, I’m winning something [in China]. It’s amazing to be part of the experience. Look at all of your musicians, I think that was really exciting because there are so many musicians from China here. I don’t know that much about Chinese pop music. I just know that it’s such a big industry and there’s so much fashion involved. I always watch a lot of music videos and I love the music videos from this region. They’re really cool. I’ve always loved the people, culture and everything about it.

I love performing overseas and love to perform in Asia in general because it’s such an amazing culture and such a good appreciation. I love being here and actually see people face-to-face, learn what they love and what they like. My next tour will definitely be coming to China. You guys have to come and see me.

My new single (Your Song) was recently released. My new album will come out at the end of this year. It’ll still be dance and pop music, exactly how I am – fun and crazy. I’ve been recording this album for nearly three years. Now, it’s the first time I think it’s ready. Recently, I’ve posted a teaser [featuring electronic dance music producer and DJ Marshmello] on Instagram. But I can’t give too much away. He will be part of my new album. I love him. I just watched him at (Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival) and it was so crazy and fun.

I’m also in the third Fifty Shades of Grey movie, Fifty Shades Freed, which will come out later this year. The last one just came out this year. We just wrapped up America’s Next Top Model, which is amazing. We have a lot of things going on. I miss performing and singing. I can’t wait to go out there, being on the stage again.

This is my first time in Macau. I’ve been to Las Vegas a lot. It reminds me Las Vegas a little bit. The food is good. I had noodles and dumplings, I’ve been eating a lot.”

It’ll still be dance and pop music, exactly how I am – fun and crazy.
Rita Ora