Born in former Yugoslavia (now Kosovo), Rita Ora grew up in London and, showing her talent for singing at a young age, studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. It led to a part in the movie Spivs and she made her first recording singing with Craig David on his track Awkward, followed by Where's Your Love with Tinchie Stryder. Ora then began appearing in clubs in her own right and went on to star with Jay-Z in his video for Young Forever and in the video for Over by Drake. Jay-Z subsequently signed her to his Roc Nation label and she worked with DJ Fresh on Hot Right Now, which rocketed to Number 1 in the UK on its release in February, 2012. Subsequent singles How We Do (Party) and R.I.P., featuring Tinie Tempah, followed suit, while her debut album Ora - on which she worked with will.i.am, Kanye West and Stargate - topped the UK album charts on its release in August, 2012. By then such was the strength of her popularity and personality that Ora became a guest judge on the ninth series of the UK TV show The X Factor.
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