It’s not unusual to see up-and-coming pop artists try and channel bigger stars when trying to gain an audience (see Jessie J and “Domino”, which we still can’t believe wasn’t recorded by Katy Perry). But this is ridiculous. In the video for her single “R.I.P.”, British singer Rita Ora comes off like a second-hand Rihanna, from her wardrobe to the Talk That Talk-cribbing song itself. Considering the tune was loaned from RiRi’s “What’s My Name” partner Drake from his song “I’m Ready For You” (originally written for Rihanna’s Loud), is there anything original going on here? Watch the Roc Nation artist’s vid below.
Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah — “R.I.P.”
Her other single, “How We Do (Party)” is much less Rihanna-esque, so there’s hope. (Though it does sample Notorious B.I.G.’s “Bullshit and Party”… or is that David Guetta and 50 Cent’s club banger of the same name? Whatever it is, she sounds a mix of Jessie J and Karmin here.)
What do you think of Rita Ora? Is there anything new here, or is this just a case of an artist in search of her own identity in the pop landscape? Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.