UPDATE // MARCH 27:
Rita Ora is reportedly releasing new music in April off her forthcoming album. No word on what the lead single is, but it could be a duet with UK pop star Jess Glynne. Showbiz reports the two linked up in the recording studio finally.
“Jess sent Rita music a long time ago but they have finally got around to collaborating,” said a source. “Both are really keen to mix it up and do some female duets… and while they’ve been in the studio, they’ve become close friends.”
They add the two have plans to perform it together.
EARLIER // MARCH 16:
During a fan signing earlier this month, Ora spilled the beans. She revealed her new single drops in April.
“I’ve worked with some incredible people, like Stargate, and I’ve really taken it back into time,” Ora told Billboard recently. “Even Nile Rodgers put down some cool guitar riffs on there… I wrote everything on this record, it’s all live music, obviously mixed with some great beats. It’s all about melody and my love for soul and harmonies. It’s the first time I’ve ever been proud of my music.”
Burn to 2012's Ora. But sure.
She added, “being from the U.K., and having that love for grime music and English rap, the Skeptas and the Giggs of the world that we’ve got [representing for] our youth, that is very important to me. There’s a song called ‘I’m Not Afraid,’ that talks about everything that people may think I’ve run away from. There’s a song called ‘Soul Survivor.’ It’s not a dwelling record — this is a happy record. It’s about breaking through. It’s like a rebirth.”
April showers.Rita Ora has been trying to release a new album for years. She collaborated with ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris on a heap of material, but after their bitter fallout, the producer barred her from performing any of their past work that he owned the rights to. That included arguably her biggest hit to date, "I Will Never Let You Down," and any of the newer works. Fortunately, the British pop star is back on track. She and Harris reportedly buried the hatchet, and she's focusing on her forthcoming LP. Ora announced her departure as host of America's Next Top Model (Tyra Banks is back, bitches) because she is readying new music.
Mizz @ritaora, you exemplify Business Boss Brand to the fullest! Thank you for all the amazingness you brought to ANTM 💋— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 16, 2017
I love you!!! https://t.co/yYJ5YC9Vv9— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) March 16, 2017
Love to you all for amazing ride! Cannot wait for you all to hear my new music ❤️🎶😊— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) March 16, 2017