Multiplatinum recording artist Rita Ora signed a worldwide recording contract with Atlantic Records UK.
The British-born artist signed with Roc Nation’s label in the US back in 2008 – a recording contract which finally came to an end in May this year when Ora settled with Jay Z’s company following a mutual lawsuit.
Interesting to note that Ora’s new deal is the first high profile artist signing to Warner from First Access Entertainment – Ora manager Sarah Stennett’s JV with WMG owner Len Blavatnik.
[Pictured L-R: Sarah Stennett, CEO, First Access Entertainment, Ben Cook, President, Atlantic Records UK, Rita Ora, Max Lousada, Chairman & CEO, Warner Music UK]
Ora has only released one studio album in her career: 2012’s self-titled LP reached No.1 in the UK and went on to become a platinum seller.
She has also released three UK No.1 singles as a lead artist, and another two as a featured act.
Atlantic says that Ora, managed by Turn First’s Sarah Stennett, is now returning to the studio and working on new material for release later this year.
“Music is my first love and I am looking forward to getting my new songs released.”
Rita Ora said “Music is my first love and I am looking forward to getting my new songs released.
“I’m thankful to my new Atlantic Records family for all their support and encouragement. The next chapter is going to be incredible.”
President of Atlantic Records UK Ben Cook commented, “Rita is a rare talent and a true global star. First and foremost she’s a great singer who’s hugely passionate about music and I’m delighted to welcome her to Atlantic Records.
“We look forward to getting in the studio with her and making an incredible album.”
“I am thrilled that rita has atlantic records as her global label.”
Sarah Stennett, First Access Entertainment
Sarah Stennett, CEO of First Access Entertainment, said: “I have worked with Rita since she was 17.
“She has always been a great entertainer with an electric personality; singing is at the heart of everything she does.
“I am thrilled that Rita has Atlantic Records as her global record label in this next phase of her career.”
Ora rose to prominence in 2012 when Hot Right Now, from DJ Fresh and featuring Ora, debuted at No.1 in the UK.
Her biggest hit in the US to date is Iggy Azalea track Black Widow, on which Ora was a featured vocalist. It reached No.3 on the Billboard 200 in 2014.
Ora has also acted in several major motion pictures such as Fifty Shades of Grey, Southpaw and Fast and Furious 6, as well as appearing as a judge on the UK’s The Voice and X-Factor TV Shows.
In February 2015 Ora performed her Diane Warren-penned song “Grateful” at the 87th annual Academy Awards.Music Business Worldwide