Rita Ora shares the Phoenix tracklist and announces an arena tour.
UPDATE // OCTOBER 29:
Fans were under the impression Rita’s forthcoming album would feature collaborations with Marshmello, Goldfinger and ~a big male rapper,~ however, it appears Rita scrapped those and replaced them with a Julia Michaels collab and a few of her other previously released tracks.
Not sure what to make of that, but here is the full list of songs – perhaps she’ll include a couple of bonus tracks on an international / deluxe edition?
2. Let You Love Me
3. New Look
4. Lonely Together (with Avicii)
5. Your Song
6. Only Want You
7. First Time High
8. For You (with Liam Payne)
9. Summer Love (with Rudimental)
10. Girls (with Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX)
11. Keep Talking (with Julia Michaels)
12. Hell Of A Life
13. Velvet Rope
14. Falling To Pieces
16. Soul Survivor
Rita also announced dates to the Phoenix Tour. It kicks off March 1st in Melbourne and makes stops in Bangkok, Stockholm, Tokyo, Milan, Paris and not, um, not one single stop in North America… yet.
Rumor has it Rita’s new record is titled Phoenix and drops November 23rd.
There’s also an, erm, interesting photo for the supposed album cover. It’s a hybrid of Ariana Grande’s Sweetener cover with a bit of lifelessness. Not sure what to think, but I feel some sort of way about it.
Bad news. Rita Ora is reportedly delaying her album once again.
The news is making the rounds on Twitter that she plans on an autumn release instead of this spring like she previously teased.
I’d like to point out that the original report below is from August of last year, and it was the same exact story – that the album is getting delayed – so at this point nobody knows what’s going on. Not even Rita.
@RitaOra is it true that your second album will be released in autumn?
Rita Ora hasn’t released an album since 2012, and that was about to change… She announced earlier this summer her forthcoming record had a November release date, but in a Facebook Live chat today (Aug. 7), the British pop star shared some unsettling news: she’s delaying it until “early next year.”
It’s worth mentioning that Rita gives a glimmer of hope of maybe it dropping beforehand, adding an umbrella ~but who knows~ statement afterward. “I’ve never made music like this before,” she mused, and revealed she has collaborated with Stargate, Julia Michaels & Justin Tranter and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
This is not a good sign. Ora recently released a bubbling up comeback track titled “Your Song,” which peaked at No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart, and after a couple of listens is actually really catchy. But it appears it’ll be chalked up to a buzz single, and the actual comeback is slated for 2018.
The roadblock didn’t derail her promo plans, though. Ora performed her latest single on Good Morning America today and will also perform as the opening act at the Teen Choice Awards.
No word on why Ora is pushing her album back, but it might be safe to assume it’s a numbers game.