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Rita Ora covers AMMO Magazine’s ‘Art + Music’ Issue

Roc Nation’s Rita Ora takes her cue from Andy Warhol on the cover of AMMO magazine’s second annual ‘art + music’ issue. The talented Brit, whose debut album is expected later this year, shares her love of Harlem, talks fashion, and dishes on Beyoncè, Madonna and Gwen Stefani being her inspiration.  Check out excerpts from the interview below.

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Video: Rita Ora Covers Destiny’s Child’s ‘Say My Name’

With Blue Ivy’s mother in the audience, Rita Ora put her spin on Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” during her set at the Cartier Juste un Clou after-party in New York City on Thursday.

The Roc Nation singer, whose debut album is due later this year, has received a significant amount of buzz as late, thanks to blogs and other media websites. Online praise aside, the fans, haters, and newfound stans have already dubbed her “Rihanna’s Replacement” — citing an alleged fallout between the “We Found Love” singer and her boss Jay-Z.  Hell, I compared her single, R.I.P.” featuring Tinie Tempah, to Rihanna’s work from the Rated R era.

“Rihanna’s Replacement” or not, the sky is the limit with what Rita Ora can accomplish. As we’ve seen in the past, Roc Nation KNOWS what it takes to turn an artist that the world doesn’t care about into an international superstar — lightning can strike twice.

Watch Rita’s cover of “Say My Name” below and share your thoughts.

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New Music: Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah – “R.I.P.”

She had the ‘net buzzing last week after the premiere of “Party & Bullshit,” her debut U.S. single, now Rita Ora introduces her solo style to fans across the pond.  The Roc Nation singer says “R.I.P.” to the girl she used to be on her debut U.K. single.  Written by Drake and produced by  Chase & Status,  “R.I.P.” is reminiscent of Rihanna during her Rated R era. To be quite honest, the song sounds like a Rihanna track with better vocals — it remains to be seen if that’s a good thing.  “R.I.P. to the girl you used to see, her days are over,” she sings over the dubstep-inspired beat.

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R.I.P. Nick Ashford

Nick Ashford, one half of the legendary songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson, has died. The 70-year-old succumbed to throat cancer yesterday in New York Hospital. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Along with his wife, Valerie Simpson, the duo penned classics such as  “Solid As A Rock,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.”