Internationally critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Rita Ora announces her eagerly awaited third album 'You & I' out 14th July via BMG and releases brand new single 'Praising You' featuring Fatboy Slim.
With Rita having co-written every track on the album, 'You & I' proves to be her most diaristic project yet. Working with executive producer Oak Felder, Rita has created an album conceptually threaded together to signify the different chapters of her relationship. A high-spirited record about what it feels like to fall beautifully, instinctually in love with someone.
“This album really means a lot to me. t'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.”
The accompanying video sees Rita audition with a group of dancers for the role of their dreams and features a cameo from Fatboy Slim. With a nod to the Spike Jonze-directed 'Praise You' video, Rita leads the troupe through their haphazard routine, slowly winning over the judges in what turns into a massive Studio 54-esque number complete with glamorous outfit changes and stellar choreography.
"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. 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, Norman 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!”
Alongside the announcement of 'You & I', the follow-up to her critically acclaimed sophomore pop smash 'Phoenix', Rita also releases new single 'Praising You' feat. Fatboy Slim - a rework of the Grammy-nominated, chart-topping cult anthem 'Praise You', which sampled Camille Yarbrough’s 'Take Yo’ Praise' and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Premiered by Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, the track takes the classic piano riff and feel-good chorus of the original, introduces Rita’s version of the story - a delicious metaphor for the entrancing nature of love - and bursts into a sure-fire EDM summer anthem.
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