Rhapsody Radar 2012: #23 Rita Ora
When you're an up-and-coming young singer who starts earning Rihanna comparisons while the likes of Jay-Z go around touting and signing you, you know two things. First of all, you, my dear, are seriously hot stuff. And two? You better be able to deliver.
Thankfully, this British singer-songwriter seems prepared. Born in war-torn Kosovo and raised in London, Rita Ora started singing and acting at an early age. By 2007, she was guesting on a Craig David track; by 2009, Jay-Z had discovered her, featured her in his "Young Forever" video, and signed her to Roc Nation. By 2011, she helped get a drum 'n' bass song ( DJ Fresh's aptly titled "Hot Right Now") to the top of the British charts.
Taking that pedigree and adding a whole lot of club-ready attitude, she's now unleashed her U.S.-storming lead single, "How We Do (Party)," a friendly slice of easygoing dance pop that comes ready to party indeed -- it won't necessarily blow you away, but it's solid, infectious fun. More importantly? Ora's light-hearted commitment to "party and bullshit" (a rather ballsy Notorious B.I.G. reference), when coupled with her own hip style and charismatic personality, will jolt you to the edge of your seat as we wait to see what this young starlet can do when her debut full-length drops later this year.