Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Rita Ora: Jay-Z is now a friend

Rita Ora says her and Jay-Z are pals

Rita Ora has said she counts her music boss Jay-Z as a friend.

The chart-topper, 22, was signed by Jay-Z's management company and record label Roc Nation in New York after Mr Beyonce himself called to request a meeting.

She said: "It was a real pinch-yourself moment, and the meeting we had when I met Jay-Z was just unbelievable. It was so nerve-wracking, interesting, exciting and weird all at the same time.

"You know when you can feel someone's power? It was like that, you could just tell when you walked in the room that he was powerful and successful."

RIP singer Rita added: "It was so odd. I walked in, shook his hand and then we were suddenly having a conversation.

"Now it feels like we've known each other a long time. I get lots of advice from him. He's not just a great friend, but a boss and a brother. He's the man."

Rita said she has a "lot more I want to talk about and say" on her forthcoming second album.

The star's self-titled debut featured production from the likes of Major Lazer, Will.i.am, The-Dream, Stargate and Diplo, but she promises the second album will see fewer writers contributing more.

"I'm very excited about some of the people lined up, I can't wait to work with them. But obviously I can't say who they are yet. Pop music's very secretive."

:: Rita Ora begins her first headline UK tour on January 28.

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Leo:

Rebelling against outmoded conventions is liberating. Usually, you're comfortable with tradition. In this situation, you realise the old ways are a liability. Stuffy rules and regulations are stopping a large amount of people from accessing resources and services. It's up to you to sound the alarm. When the powers that be realise you mean business, they'll work hard to update the regulations. You'll make several new friends after getting involved with this cause.More