Critically acclaimed international superstar Rita Ora has announced her eagerly awaited third album, You & I, set for release July 14. It is the singer-songwriter’s first album since signing a new partnership in 2022 with BMG which will see Ora own all her future master recordings and enjoy artistic control in a way that she hasn’t had previously.
Proving to be her most diaristic project yet, Rita Ora co-wrote every track on the album. Working with executive producer Oak Felder (Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Usher), Ora has created an album that has been conceptually threaded together to signify different chapters of her relationship and demonstrate what it feels like to fall in love with someone.
Of the album, Rita Ora says, “This album really means a lot to me. It’s like my diary of the last few years, it’s my sound and it just feels so true to me and who I am today.”
Ahead of the album, Rita Ora also released the single ‘Praising You’ featuring long-time BMG artist Fatboy Slim. The single is a rework of Fatboy Slim’s Grammy-nominated, chart-topping cult anthem ‘Praise You’, which sampled Camille Yarbrough’s “Take Yo’ Praise” and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
‘Praising You’ single artwork (c) BMG
“To not only get Norman’s stamp of approval, but to actually collaborate with him and pay homage to such a massive song from my childhood was truly a surreal experience,” says Ora. “I think this record means something different for everyone, but from my perspective, it’s about praising your loved ones and really celebrating those relationships. I’m incredibly honoured that we get to breathe new life into the song and re-introduce it to a whole new generation.”
Speaking of the rework, Fatboy Slim, real name Norman Cook says, “From a chance meeting late one night in the Naughty Corner at Glastonbury a friendship and collaboration grew that on paper may look unlikely. Yet here it is, and it has a life of its own!”
The single comes hot on the heels of Ora’s debut single from the album, ‘You Only Love Me’ which has amassed 40 million streams to date and continues to grow. Rita Ora will perform her new single live during the Eurovision Semi-Finals in Liverpool, UK on May 9.