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.
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) October 24, 2018
So excited to see you all finally!! It’s gonna be so much fun. Come and get wild with me on the Phoenix tour next year!!
UK, Europe pre-order my new album before midnight to gain exclusive access to presale WED 31st OCT! https://t.co/LsdVYGCN7D
Where will i see you?! pic.twitter.com/uLqeaiz94l
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) October 29, 2018
UPDATE // SEPTEMBER 18:
Rita Ora’s new album is on the way!
The rumors were true! Rita’s new record is indeed titled Phoenix and drops November 23rd. Turns out the rumored album art was the real deal as well.
A Q4 release is v v brave.
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UPDATE // SEPTEMBER 17:
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 Sweetenercover with a bit of lifelessness. Not sure what to think, but I feel some sort of way about it.
— FOTP | Pop News (@FOTPNews) September 16, 2018
UPDATE // AUGUST 21:
An album update! If we are to believe Rita’s latest admission, her forthcoming album drops in November.
Speaking with Direct TV, Ora said: “Well, it’s been a journey! Sadly, it’s not really been positive. I’ve just had to fight so hard for this album in so many ways!”
“I think my fans can just expect tears, blood, sex, rock and roll, and the fulfillment of it finally happening! November is when I’m putting it out, because it’s my birthday month.”
November 2018 right?
UPDATE // JUNE 5:
Rita Ora, for the umpteenth time, has pushed back her album release.
It’s sad this story is perpetually updated, but Rita Ora can’t decide on a release date ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
The singer just confirmed her forthcoming(?) LP will drop at the end of the year, maybe in November. She doesn’t know. No one knows.
La superstar internazionale di questa sera ai #WMA18 è @RitaOra che presenta il suo singolo GIRLS. Ecco cosa ci ha raccontato… Appuntamento questa sera dalle ore 21:00 su RTL 102.5, sul canale 36 del digitale, 750 di Sky, sull’App e in streaming su https://t.co/CrnOqqPxaE pic.twitter.com/JG5z1E3z7V
— RTL 102.5 (@rtl1025) June 5, 2018
UPDATE // APRIL 10, 2018:
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?
– Source Glamour Magazine Germany
— RITA’S WIFEY ♡ (@RitaOrasWifey) April 10, 2018
EARLIER // AUGUST 7, 2017:
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.