After she smashed the charts with her very first single with DJ Fresh, Rita Ora is set for stardom. If you’ve read my blog before you all know by now how much I love this girl and have supported her from the get go. The media have taken a shine to her since her number one single and she’s being papped everywhere she goes! Which is amazing for Rita obsessives like me (AKA RITABOTS) as we start to see her all over the place. I actually screamed the first time I saw her in the paper! OMG I got another tweet from her after me and two other fans sent her a card congratulating her on her number 1. This shows how humble she actually is to take the time out to thank us. So sweet!
Anyway I wanted to highlight something in this post which is an issue that NEEDS to be addressed!!! As Rita Ora has been gaining more and more media attention by the day (seen front row at LFW, The Brits etc) the media have latched on to referring to her as this new “Rihanna lookalike” and “The U.K’s version of Rihanna”. This annoys the hell outta me because as any Rita fan will know, Rita has been blonde for years! I’m not saying she’s the first to rock the whole bleach blonde red lips thing! Just the other day the world premiere of Rita’s debut “Party & Bullshit” sparked the media into a frenzy of “Is Rita Ora The New Rihanna?” (VH1) “Is Rita Ora The Next Rihanna” (The Insider) and many more comparisons which has shifted people’s focus from feeling excited at the prospect of this new fresh talent, to unfair comparisons and accusations of Rita jacking Rihanna’s style in order to get media attention. I’ve had a look at a few blogs and forums, and the amount of #RIHANNANAVY hate directed towards Rita is ridiculous! One person wrote “#RihannaNavy gonna chew you up & spit you out” . It makes me angry!
Rita is loved for her unique style, just as Rihanna is! BUT their style is completely different! Rihanna style oozes sex appeal with lots of tight clingy outfits whilst Rita tends to go towards the sporty mismatch look with baggy oversized sweaters! You may have read my interview with Rita’s amazing stylist Kyle De’volle (if not, why not?! Read it here) .. However recently just in time for Rita’s debut Rihanna’s style seems to have taken a swift new direction which is making people compare Rita to her, giving “Rihannanavy” ammunition to accuse Rita of stealing Ri’s style when it was hers in the first place!
Exhibit A: Rihanna’s random decision to dye her hair bleach blonde just in time for the release of Rita’s first single “Hot Right Now”
A source says:
“Oh and guess what I heard the other day….. Rihanna is nervous that Roc Nation was putting a lot of PRESS behind their new superstar in the making: Rita Ora. And Rihanna needed a gimmick to trample that, so that is why she did the Chris Brown song to shadow out Rita Ora’s debut.”Everyone at ROC Nation and inside the industry is gearing for Rita Ora to take off and be a bigger worldwide sensation then Rihanna. Rita is just as pretty, a better singer, and her style is edgy and daring like Rihanna. And Roc Nation has her under the radar and in [recording] studios from LA to Miami with some of the Entertainment music’s biggest producers out right now. Rihanna was not at all happy when she heard this, I’m told. So definitely look for Rita Ora to be taking over this year. Mark my words.” – <Taken from Sandra Rose.com read the full article here: http://sandrarose.com/2012/02/is-roc-nation-grooming-rita-ora-to-be-bigger-than-rihanna/>
This is a classic case of the mainstream stealing from the underground and it happens all the time, but the difference is Rihanna knows how much work Rita’s put in since her signing with Roc Nation, they’re LABEL MATES! So the least she could do is respect her and give her time to show the world who she is as an artist! We need give Rita props for being the beautiful unique artist that she is, not be slating her and saying we don’t need “another Rihanna”.
P.S for any Rihanna fans reading this who might find this offensive…Ok I went a bit far with the fail plastered over Rihanna, but as a fan you know how much you love and support the artist and you wouldn’t like credit being taken away from them in any way after they’ve worked so hard. It’s all light hearted and I respect everyone elses opinions. You can say Rita’s style is not original, you can say she wasn’t the first the do bleached blonde, even call her a Gwen Stefani clone! At least then you’ll be getting her influences right. She’s worked so hard over the past three years making her debut album and she deserves positive media attention, not negativity surrounding being a second rate version of Rihanna.
So please, stop with the Rihanna comparisons! There is room for both in the industry, they are both very talented and very different artists! Both of the girls are probably laughing at all the hype making them out to be enemies but this is mainly down to Rihanna’s fans who will not let this drop!
LET RITA BE RITA!
Ohhhh don’t forget to watch Rita’s Live Lounge of “Somebody I Used To Know” if you haven’t already. Amazing