A huge win for Rita!
Calvin Harris lifts his Rita Ora ban.
Harris is one of the most sought-after DJs in the game. Before he was torpedoed into the arms of Taylor Swift then subsequently the tabloids, the “Slide” producer had a romantic relationship with Ora. If you can believe it, the fallout following their split in 2014 was more destructive than with the 1989 singer. The two collaborated on a heap of work for Ora’s forthcoming studio album, but when everything went down in flames, Harris blocked Ora from releasing any of the music they worked together on because he owned the rights to it. That included barring Ora from performing their song, “I Will Never Let You Down,” arguably the biggest hit of her career. Fortunately for the America’s Next Top Model host, the two managed to bury the hatchet.
A source tells The Sun Harris and Ora sorted things out late last year. “It was such a relief to both of them that they could move on and put things behind them, they said. “At the end of the day they had a lot of good times together and it was sad that was tainted by how bitter the split was at times.”
They added things are going well, but “they are not so close they’re heading out to dinner anytime soon or anything.”
“Rita is now back in touch with a lot of Calvin’s industry friends and able to work on music with them and, most importantly, able to perform ‘I Will Never Let You Down.’ She’s gearing up for her second album soon and it’s great to be able to perform arguably her biggest hit when she’s doing promo for it.”
In an interview with the Evening Standard last September, the U.K. songstress revealed that she’s “desperate to get [her] music out” to fans, but it’s not the easiest of tasks to take on with her kind of schedule. “I think I’m now at a point in my life where I have a new amazing label, we really have taken it to the next level. It’s very song-based,” the former Roc Nation signee said of her current situation.
“I’ve not only grown as an individual but as a woman. People are going to see that,” she explained. “It’s just everything from my personal life to what I couldn’t do due to previous situations and now being free. I’ve never been freer than I am right now. It’s about everything from being a refugee, from flying in from Kosovo and living in London.”
Then, on an appearance with BBC Radio 1, Ora opened up about the impending installment.
“I’m most excited about this record,” Rita said. “I’ve been working on it for nearly two years. I’ve just been in a really crazy musical state, now to be in a really comfortable environment and grow up in my own skin, to put music out and write my own things.”
She adds there’s “a lot of live instrumentation and I’ve written everything on my record,” adding: “It’s just a very organic, authentic album.”
The thought of a man controlling a woman’s career like that was extremely unsettling. Happy to hear everything is seemingly worked out now.