Rita Ora announces release date for her latest album 'Phoenix'
Although it was already leaked, pop star Rita Ora has now officially announced the release date of her album
The wait is finally over for fans looking forward to Rita Ora's latest album 'Phoenix'. The 27-year-old pop star has finally revealed details of her second studio album which has been scheduled to release on November 23. A brand new single ‘Let You Love Me’ will be out on September 21.
Earlier HMV had leaked the release date of the album with the website claiming it to be November 23. However, after giving out the listing for the follow-up to her 2012 debut LP 'Ora', the website has now pulled down the date. Ora herself took the opportunity to thank her fans through a Twitter post, where she said that she is just as excited. Ora has sufficient reason to be excited for her album, especially since it is finally coming out after a split from Jay-Z's record label Roc Nation. It has been a momentous year-and-a-half for Ora - following a sold-out European tour and an incredible summer playing to millions of fans with over 33 live dates.
"Thank you for your patience and for listening. I'm so happy to release 'Phoenix'. I'm really proud of this album and excited for everyone to hear what I've been working on. A huge thank you to everyone that's been part of my musical journey" - Rita Ora— Rita Ora HQ | #PHOENIX (@RitasHQ) September 18, 2018
Ora's latest five hit singles have amassed over 1.3 billion Spotify streams worldwide. Global hit ‘Your Song,' written by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac has reached more than 352M streams alone - it is also Rita's biggest hit in Europe and was a Top 10 smash in the UK singles chart. Her new single ‘Let You Love Me’ is a mid-tempo pop-anthem, revealing her insecurities in a new relationship. It is one of her most intimate tracks to date that allows you to hear the strength of her vocal performance as she lets her guard down and shows her vulnerable side to love. With soft vocals against vibrant synths, the track shifts between delicate verses to a dance-driven chorus, perfectly conveying her wish to let herself be loved.
She had released a global Top 10 UK hit in August ‘Lonely Together', a collaboration with Avicii, which recently earned an MTV Video Music Award for ‘Best Dance Video'. Her single ‘Anywhere', released last October, earned a #2 spot on the charts in the UK. Collaborating with Liam Payne for the 'Fifty Shades Freed' Soundtrack ‘For You’ became her fourth Top 10 hit, as well as her girl-power anthem 'Girls', which saw Ora team up with Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, was yet another global success. These hit songs will be featured on her upcoming album 'Phoenix' in November.
"I’m so appreciative of the love and support from those who worked with me on the record and allowed me to create something I’m really proud of. They gave me the space and freedom to create something from my heart." - Rita Ora on the album collaborators and her label— Rita Ora HQ | #PHOENIX (@RitasHQ) September 18, 2018
Ora says of new album 'Phoenix': "One of the most liberating feelings for me is performing and creating music. This album is a true labor of love, and it was important for me to do it my way. I’m so appreciative of the love and support from those who worked with me on the record and allowed me to create something I’m really proud of. They gave me space and freedom to create something from my heart. Both challenging and euphoric at times, I am really proud of and grateful for the journey that the making of 'Phoenix' has taken me on. To my fans, thank you for your patience and thank you always for listening."
Rita has sold a staggering seven million singles, had 12 top 10 UK singles (five of which received platinum status and five of which are gold certified) and a number one platinum-selling UK debut album all under her belt. She cemented herself as one of the most successful UK pop acts of the last decade and has tied the record for the most Top 10 singles for a solo female artiste in the UK. Rita's return to music last year culminated in 1 billion streams and views worldwide and four globe-spanning hit singles. The album can be streamed here.