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Exclusive: Rita Ora Talks New Whitney Inspired Album, US Debut, Beyonce & More

As breakout stars go, few have shone brighter than Rita Ora.

Indeed, since blazing onto the scene in 2012, the Roc Nation priori has achieved a brand and strand of success many seasoned artists could only dream of. Namely three #1 singles, a Platinum album, and endorsement deals aplenty.

Now, with a new album due just after Summer, the Jay-Z protégé is warming up the masses with the set’s lead single ‘I Will Never Let You Down’.

That Grape Juice recently caught up with the singer, who dished on the LP’s Whitney Houston-inspired sound, and collaboration list (which includes Prince!)

The London-bred beauty also shared her views on Beyonce‘s “gangster” status, her own brand hustle, and her long-awaited US debut.

As ever, That Grape Juice ask the questions you really want answers to. Hit ‘PLAY’ above to watch our EXCLUSIVE interview with Rita Ora.

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‘I Will Never Let You Down’ hits iTunes US on April 22nd & iTunes UK on May 11th.

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Watch: Pharrell Surprises ‘Coachella’ With Gwen Stefani Performance

No Doubt Singer's First Live Showing Since Giving Birth

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As reported, Coachella 2014 has been full of surprises.

Still on-going as we type, the California-based festival has pulled out all the stops this year – and featured unannounced appearances from Beyonce, Jay-Z, and now Gwen Stefani.

The No Doubt front-woman sent the crowd into a frenzy tonight when she was brought out by Pharrell Williams during his set.

Introduced by Skateboard P as “the queen”, Stefani joined the hitmaker to perform one of the hits he crafted for her – 2004′s ‘Hollerback Girl’.

The showing marks the first time the 44-year-old has hit a stage since giving birth last year.

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Watch: Beyonce Dances Up A Storm With Solange On Stage At ‘Coachella’

Knowles Sisters Rock The Festival Crowd

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Beyonce may be on a break of sorts since wrapping up her sell-out world tour, yet it appears the allure of the stage is too hard to resist for the superstar singer.

The diva’s talented sister Solange invited Bey on stage during her critically acclaimed Coachella set tonight; together the pair performed the dance-break to ‘Losing You’.

Watch the Knowles get down after the jump…

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Watch: Outkast Booed By Coachella Crowd (Full Performance Inside)

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Marking their first performance since ending their decade-long hiatus, Outkast arrived at 2014′s ‘Coachella Music Festival’ in Indio,California to deliver what many would agree was a hotly anticipated set.

Alas, after falling prey to a series of technical faults while on stage, the duo reportedly found themselves being booed by their audience, continuing to do so even after Andre 3000 apologised for set-ruining glitches.

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Beyonce Named “Most Important Person In Music” By PEOPLE

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It goes without saying that Beyonce is one of the biggest forces in the music industry.

Hits, accolades, and (multi) Platinum plaques define the star’s iconic journey. And while debate rages daily about where exactly the ‘Drunk In Love’ diva sits in music’s ever-changing hierarchy, PEOPLE magazine are firm in their stance – King B ranks at #1.

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Kylie Minogue Calls On Pharrell Williams For New Single

Will 'Happy' Hitmaker Give Singer Next Smash?

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Kylie Minogue‘s latest album may be titled ‘Kiss Me Once’, yet it might have to be renamed ‘Buy Me Once’ if its sales are anything to go by.

Released last month, the ‘Into The Blue’ led set managed top ten placements in many territories, yet dropped like a rock shortly after amidst so-so promo.

Hoping to reverse the project’s fortunes, the singer – who this week confirmed her departure from The Voice UK – has announced a Pharrell Williams cut as the album’s next single.

Find out which song after the jump…

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Love & Hip-Hop LA: Teairra Mari Brawls…Over Ray J? (Video)

Cameras Catch Singer Fighting

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Love & Hip-Hop: LA has yet to be “officially” announced, however the cast of the VH1 show are already making headlines.

Long rumored to be a staple on the hotly anticipated show, R&B belle Teairra Mari was “allegedly” filmed by TMZ showcasing why she’ll be a must-see on the latest instalment of the Mona Scott franchise.

Full story (and video) on what went down after the jump…

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Scandal: TGJ’s Top 5 Moments From Pre-Finale

ABC Show Brings The Fireworks Before Season 3 Finale!

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Though the latter half of the third season of Scandal got off to somewhat of a rocky start, this week’s Debbie Allen-directed episode gave us a high-impact reminder of why we’ve been hooked on the drama since 2012.

Here’s a rundown of the top 5 reasons we woke up with a major Scandal hangover…

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Watch: Ed Sheeran Covers Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’

'Drunk' Singer Takes On Beyonce Hit!

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WHTZ’s ‘Elvis Duran and the Morning Show’ welcomed Ed Sheeran to its shores yesterday, inviting the Brit-bred singer to promote his brand new album ‘X.

There, the ‘Atlantic’ performer wowed the show’s audience with a cover of Beyonce‘s ‘Drunk in Love‘, delivered as the single’s global sales leaps towards the 2 million milestone, and after Sheeran‘s debut ‘+’ was certified Gold in the US for shipments of 500,000 units!

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Lana Del Rey Previews New Single Live In Concert

'Ride' Singer Teases New Single 'West Coast'

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On Monday morning, BBC’s Fearne Cotton will premiere Lana Del Rey‘s ‘West Coast’, making its way to the world in support of her sophomore set, ‘Ultraviolence.’

Fortunately for her fans, last night saw her tease the single during a concert launched to support her debut offering ‘Born To Die’ and the aforementioned ‘Violence‘, giving the world just a little of what they can expect from the sun-kissed jam.

Take a trip to the ‘West’ below…

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