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Rita Ora Announces Third Album, Shares New Single Praising You Feat Fatboy Slim

Thursday, 20 April 2023 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Edward Cooke

Rita Ora has announced her third album.

The long-awaited follow-up to 2018's 'Phoenix' is called 'You & I' and will arrive on July 14 through BMG. It will include her previously shared single You Only Love Me, and the new track Praising You featuring Fatboy Slim.

“This album really means a lot to me.” said Ora. “It'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 uplifting new dance-pop song reworks the chorus of Fatboy Slim's 1998 hit Praise You, which samples Camille Yarbrough’s Take Yo’ Praise, but retains its rousing energy. Ora commented:

"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."

Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, added: “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!”

Praising You's Taika Waititi-directed video is available now on Facebook and Instagram as a Meta exclusive, but will premiere on all other platforms on April 28.

Ora will play the track live for the first time for her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest semi-final 1 on May 9.

'You & I' Tracklist:

  1. Don’t Think Twice
  2. You Only Love Me
  3. Praising You (feat. Fatboy Slim)
  4. Unfeel It
  5. Waiting For You
  6. You & I
  7. That Girl
  8. Shape of Me
  9. Look At Me Now
  10. Girl in the Mirror
  11. Notting Hill
  12. I Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend
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