Rating Rita Ora: Does She Live Up To The Hype?

Published: Friday 11th May 2012 by Sam

Rita Ora.

It’s a name that’s been perched on the lips of many as of late. Indeed, the budding Roc Nation diva has seen her buzz reach fever-pitch – globally.

And yet it begs the question -why? Is the vocals? is the fashion? Are folk simply bored of the usual suspects (see: Rihanna and co)?

It’s a question That Grape Juice put to Ora herself last month, and one we weigh-in on in latest episode of The Business.

Hit ‘PLAY’, be sure to “thumbs up” the vid and let us know what you think below!

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  1. John92 May 11, 2012

    i thought she would come a lot harder that that. she really has a nice voice and is talented – no doubt about that but still i expected more from her. her songs were not that good yet

  2. Darshelle Jones May 11, 2012

    I would love to know where R.I.P came from. I heard another called beat down yesterday and was like meat meh in a room fiiiiiilllllllllleed with people and participate in getting your ass kicked by this American. She resembles both Rhianna and Beyonce to me.She is talented but to me you don’t have to subliminally try to cheap shot and think it won’t start linking (Rhianna,Beyonce,Nicki Minaj).Throwing shade; it’s making money off your jealous anger.

  3. Godyonce Godnaj May 11, 2012

    Riri really lost me as a fan with the redundant mess that was TTT and her entire try hard supposed bad ass image. But why on earth would I turn to a second grade imitation with whack lyrics and songs whose entire existence is built upon emulating Ri. She is a basic bore. And I don’t know whose lips she’s been perched on. Queen Beyonce’s armpits >>> Basic Broad

  4. DANNII May 11, 2012

    I will wait to see her develop more because right now I am not seeing anything wow or anything groundbreaking. I think people are just blinded by her looks and styling and just gassed at the ‘new and shiny’ aspect of a new girl in the game. Personally for me her voice is not doing anything for me but I would be a liar if I didn’t say she’s got potential. Rihanna had to start from somewhere but I feel like Rita is being hyped too early, almost like we’re being forced to like her and it could possibly be her downfall. Good luck to her though. She seems like a nice girl but I need to see more of her material before I really get an idea of who Rita Ora is and if her music will be in my coveted iTunes library collection : )

  5. Siberian Prince May 11, 2012

    Every time i look up i see this blog postin some s*** about Rita Ora and i still dont know who the f*** she is. Get off her f***** nutts damn

  6. Jerquata May 11, 2012

    No she doesn’t live up to the hype being you are the only blog that is hypibg her up. She’s talented nonetheless, but so are other new comers. If anything, this blog is turning people away from her because the way you throw her down our throats, and she hasn’t done a damn thing…

  7. lee May 11, 2012

    Not trying to say anything bad with no doubt coming back and possibly gwen solo comeback i dont think anyone will care about rita i find her bland and boring shes just a mix of rihanna and gwen, her voice is great and all but she needs to offer me something different other than whats out now.

  8. JJFan1814 May 11, 2012

    NO SHE DOES NOT. There’s nothing special about her. I feel as if she is forced. People are bored of Rihanna? WRONG! Rihanna keeps people talking whether through her music videos, tweets, public appearances, etc. Rihanna also knows how to put out good music.

    Go away Rita Oreo.

  9. Jen May 11, 2012

    Omg,you might as well call this RITA VS. RIHANNA. Get off of Rihanna’s D***. Rihanna has co-existed with BEYONCE who the f*** is Rita?

  10. 7easts May 11, 2012

    Rita who ????? lol

  11. JJFan1814 May 11, 2012

    I don’t know what Britain is tainting their water with,

    But if you think Rita is going to be huge, YOU ARE WRONG. The world doesn’t need another “Rihanna”

  12. TheFame May 11, 2012

    Um no, she hasn’t done anything yet can you let her release an album of material 1st before we judge her please?

  13. paul May 11, 2012

    The hype? Didn’t she hired TGJ staff to make one?

  14. xedos May 11, 2012

    Rihanna build her fanbase from the bottom up. this girl starting acting like she already made it. rihanna was touring malls and fairgrounds building her fan base.
    also rihanna had the hits from the start. too much hype is her problem. had she come out quietly and then build from bottom up it would be better. she’s been thrown i our face yet all we can see is a rihanna 2.0 no matter how hard we try not to.
    which left people asking who are you?

  15. xedos May 11, 2012

    she can make it ,but not as a Rihanna 2.0 why Jay z don’t promote Bridget Kelly im waiting to see if he going to back her as how he backs rita she’s the one who’s lost in all of this while people are talking about rihanna

  16. -Hoars May 11, 2012

    I will have to save my opinion! I will see in six months where she is!

  17. Late May 11, 2012

    First off, you guys really need a new presenter. Seeing Patrick with his hands on his hips looking like a clown while wearing his nicest blouse was a little too much for me this morning. I’ve always found him corny and too much of a try-hard.

    In regards to Rita, I live in Canada, and there is absolutely no hype for her over here. If not for this site, I wouldn’t even know she existed. I listened to “R.I.P.” for the first time today, and as soon as I heard it, I thought of Drake. 2 years ago there was a leaked demo with Drake singing the whole song called “Ready For You”. Clearly the track was meant for a female, and it apparently went to Rita. This is probably old news to a lot of you, but like I said, I haven’t really paid this girl any attention.

    I didn’t like her version of this song…if you search for the original, you’ll hear the reference she pulled the lyrics and melody from. I think Roc Nation might be plotting the same formula they used with J. Cole. Slow and steady promo, then in a few years, she’ll be front and centre in our faces. I remember the hype around Rihanna when she first dropped, cuz she was the pretty Island girl with a strong pop song, but there is no real hype for Rita.

    That being said, anything is possible with the right song choices. If not for “S.O.S.”, “Unfaithful”, and “Umbrella” (which were all meant for other artists who passed on them), Rihanna wouldn’t be as popular as she is today. Cuz when her and Teerra Marie came out, Teerra was clearly the one who had more talent out of the two in terms of singing, but she didn’t have the right choice of songs.

  18. POP ROYALTY ( RéVolution) May 11, 2012

    RiTA is coming whether you like it or NOT.

    time to release the FRESH. 🙂

  19. POP ROYALTY ( RéVolution) May 11, 2012

    i’m so over this presenter. we need a WOMAN presenter for those stuffs in TGJ.

    time to get a FEMALE presenter 😡 !!

  20. Chase May 11, 2012

    No she does not live up to the hype because nothing from her has been original tbh !

  21. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) May 11, 2012

    LOL. I love how you ask this question, while, out of all the blogs bigging her up, you’re the worst!

    According this video, Rita Ora gives you stage presence while Christina Aguilera doesn’t, but a minute after that shade, you said Rita Ora doesn’t give you “that look in the eyes” (contradicting youself much?). And also, that thing about Rihanna stepping her game up because she feels threatened. Chill out! Rita’s talented and she can progress if she’s given the time, but she can’t live up to that kind of insane hype.

  22. Shots fired May 11, 2012

    Yawn; Funny how the non threat has so many haters. Like blog comments are gonna stop her. Rita got added to T in the park last nite. Ho hum another huge concert. Lets see 2 number 1s coldplay tour, opening for drake, how we do moving up us itunes #4 somg on z100 all in 1 month. Exceeding the hype. Funny how she can just sing good. Lol. You want your twitter drama cause she’s boring??? Dumb navy.

  23. DaHotNig May 11, 2012

    No. She’s lame as hell!

  24. JJFan1814 May 11, 2012

    @Shots Fired

    *Checks iTunes*

    Where Have You Been #12……


  25. RiRi-AND-Rita Fan —– THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May 11, 2012

    I think Rita will definitely become huge. The s*** people talk about every new artist emerging is just ridiculous. Give this girl a chance, I mean shes like the most likeable person in the business right now!!!! So where do all the haters come from? I LOVE Rihanna and SO DOES RITA according to interviews!!!
    One having success doesnt mean the other one cant, they make different music and there is enough space for everyone. Fresh talent should be embraced!

    R.I.P (#1) and Party & B******* (probably coming hard in the US soon) were good songs to get her name out and I fully expect her next single to knock me off my f****** feet. She has a refreshing personality and a unique style, but some people would need to see an extraterrestrial enter the scene to consider a new artist original.

    If you ask me for a fitting comparison I would say Rita Ora is like young Mike Tyson. He had just turned pro and everyone predicted a big future, because they knew what he was capable of. All the big names supporting this chick cant be wrong, and I would rate their opinion higher than some of the bums, who FAIL with their pathetic and unqualified comments here.

  26. pat May 11, 2012

    only reason she has any buzz is cuz the beyhive is so thirsty to find ANYBODY to dethrone Ri….aint gonna happen

  27. Shots fired May 11, 2012

    ^^^ Thank you!! The navy is so threatened and Rita has only been kind to her. Why?? Rita career is taking off and people are loving her. You not gonna stop her so just relax and enjoy the ride. Props to rihanna too. Just leave cb alone. Lol

  28. Lax May 11, 2012

    @SHOTS FRIED,,,,You be sure to remember that exact same thing when
    thinking out aloud on and about Rihanna “HBIC” kICK A B****** ASS FENTY
    @SHOTS FIRED,,,,Funny how the non threats has so many haters: Your words
    deery not mine or the navy’s. You have never lied beause for Rihanna to be bashed, beaten and lied on daily you and others like you tries to get as many licks on Rihanna’s ass and one thing all of you h*** do know by now and that is that rihanna has grown a very thick skin and if Rita want to hang in she is going to have to be
    way more than a better singer and a “White Girl” to hold Rihanna down. You see there or other white girls who or miles ahead of Rihanna like, taylor, and katy i will use those two artist both white girls abd both made bank this pass year and even though Rihanna did not make as much she is still friends with these two women and Rihanna is still in the game.
    What i mean is Rita can be the best of the best she is still going to have to hang in there and kick to keep up with even these artiist, Okay.

  29. KAT DELUNA FAN May 11, 2012

    You are extremely stupid but aint nothing new with goats.

    I dont like rihanna,she is vile but she is right,she is not here to help or make it easy for anybody in the industry.Since Rita started her promo,she did everything for people to HATE on her while Beyonce was doing the opposite.At the end of the day,Rita still praise Rihanna as a family member even if B is the “nice one family member”.Rihanna has nothing to lose,she is not as stupid as Beyonce.

    Beyonce already made “this mistake” once,she is dumb enough to do it again.How dumb !?

    When Rita & Goat work together,she is going to be mocked/hated again while Rihanna’s insecure behavior would be looked over by RITA HERSELF who only care about herself.

    To answer the question,Yes she lives up to the hype.
    The big winner of all this is Jay-z (like always)
    Rita and rihanna are 2nd winners
    Beyonce is the loser (like always) …<- This is what happens when you dont finish high school 🙁

  30. J May 11, 2012

    Honestly, it doesnt matter if Rihanna can’t sing as well, she has worked her fan base for a long time and has earned them and she clearly loves making music.

    I just feel sleepy when I watch Rita :-/

  31. Lax May 11, 2012

    @SHOTS FIRED Thats yo ass i for one am not pressed or threaten because
    Rihanna is holding her own and your WORTHLESS, CROSSED EYED SNAGGEY
    TOOTH ASS Behind a screen and type what you hope. When you get a chance take your ass on a stroll through the artists and look carefully at what many of these so called bad asses has accomplished and done. Pay close attention to people who can dance better, more beautiful, don’t have a big head, not s**** and not sleeping around with every FELLOW SHE OR HE PASSES on the streets like they tries to hang that LABEL around rihanna’s neck…..Just know that you WORTHLESS H*** can keep trying for the rest of yo natural life and as long as you or working with those Wood Heads can keep trying to hang that S***** LABEL around Rihanna’s neck

  32. Lax May 11, 2012

    Rihanna will be yolding till the day she leaves earth for her heavenly home,
    with or without your help you WORTHLESS BYTCHES!

  33. KAT DELUNA FAN May 11, 2012

    Lmao Rita is getting her 2nd #1 in the UK this week.S*** IS CRAY AND EASY !!!
    I want her second single in the US to be feat Drake …interesting 😈

  34. Lax May 11, 2012

    It take way more than singing to make it out there in
    this world and if you think that rihanna is not a good
    performer well look no further than chris brown and kelly
    rowland, both or graded ahead of rihanna in their everything
    but check chris and check kelly’s solo career and see where they
    measure up aganist Rihanna
    There is always some wotrhless pile of shyt talking bout Rihanna should have
    did this or that because of her status, well what is wrong with kelly when she can out dance and out sing Rihanna and is a part of the top girls group in the world? What
    is chris problems with sales when his FAME has not done as well as Rihanna “TTT” and what is wrong with Kelly last album, and where is mary ja on the charts, see what i am saying keep bashing rihanna tryint to pull some one else up and hide and watch the egg on yo face een if Rihanna does wild out and sho her natural born ass from time to time, and if you don;t believe me then ask,,,,”MTV”: CANCER GROUP, AND ALL OF THE COUNTLESS ASS HOLES WHO HAS GONE AFTER HER BESIDE THIS BLOG SITE….Let others have to go through the pain and hurt on a national lecel about her XXXXRATED VIDEOS, HER SHOWING THAT ASS AND HER STILL NOT BEING GOOD ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO HATES HER BLACK ASS WITH A PASSION,,,,,LEAD BY THE BEE HIVE…..

  35. skintightjeans May 11, 2012

    Imma need Patrick’s sissy ass to get a new hat and stop wearing the Church Mothers Sitting In The Front Row Hat.

  36. virtuoso intellect May 11, 2012


    how exactly are rihanna and rita winning over Beyonce? your critieria must not include net worth and status in the industry, maybe you are referring to the singles charts. you talk of Bey like she is an upcoming artist. By your logic Bey has to start pairing up with Dr Luke and Guetta to release eletropop songsthat will compete with the new girls ? what exactly will that prove that she has not already proven in the last decade? … I digress

  37. Shayshay May 11, 2012

    Ciara/Ashanti/Monica/Jazmine Sullivan 2.0. Never will break out of her core fanbase

  38. FP May 11, 2012

    The problem is that she makes horrible music (R.I.P is the worst song i’ve heard all year) and there is no hype.

  39. KAT DELUNA FAN May 11, 2012

    I was talking about the triangular comparaison,I was pretty clear.I dont care what she should do,I dont think she does neither so calm down,it’s not that serious 😉

  40. virtuoso intellect May 11, 2012


    lol at u telling me its not that serious but thats all u ever talk about inevery single post tagged with any one of Beyonce, JayZ, Rihanna and now Rita.

  41. f*** Rita May 11, 2012

    uhmmm where can i go to get back my 4:12?

    f****** waste of a post.,……..

  42. TheOuyonB May 11, 2012

    Let’s be real.. TGJ hypes Rita Ora up, in my opinion, more than anybody else. Sure, she can sing, and has a good look, but she has a looooooooooooong way to go before she interferes with what Rhianna has going on. Honestly, i would have to hear more songs, because the ones that I’ve heard have been subpar and too identical to what is already OVER-saturating the music industry. Please, Patrick, Don’t call her a “Baby Beyonce”… that entity doesn’t exist yet.. Definitely NOT Rita Ora. Let’s be real at all times. smh

  43. KAT DELUNA FAN May 11, 2012

    Oh you talked about “Net worth and status in the industry”.I said I wasnt talking about serious things like those. 😆
    I talked about the 3 of them because Rita did an interview with MTV recently to address the comparaisons.She said they come from her affiliation to Roc Nation which is true.
    Yes it’s not serious to me,I am laughing at Beyonce tho 😆

  44. Jer May 11, 2012

    Shes not on anyones lips. She doesnt live up to the hype. And shes already a 4lop.

  45. virtuoso intellect May 11, 2012


    yeah and she is unaware of your existence so ????

  46. virtuoso intellect May 11, 2012


    May 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Shes not on anyones lips. She doesnt live up to the hype. And shes already a 4lop.

    but her single is about to debut at no1 this week oop

  47. RP May 11, 2012

    NO SHE DOESN’T! Shut the F up about her. Music sucks. Go away Rita. UK is smokin somethin good to be so in love with RIP. I cannot staaaaand it. Same with P&B. TGJ is so annoying with this s***.

  48. ENOUGH ONIKA May 11, 2012

    TGJ is the ONLY blog talking about this chick. NOBODY CARES!!! We’ve seen and heard chicks like her before, and they came and went just like Rita will very soon (meaning won’t be on TGJ) cause she damn sure ain’t anywhere else. Musics awful, idk wtf people talking about her raspy ass vocals being talent (cause she can do 3 runs?) Ya’ll who think she can sing, please educate yourself, her range is VERY small, its evident in her basic non-charting music. TGJ is so desperate to have someone “out do” Rihanna they’ll put anyone on who’s an imitation and hype their whack ass up.

  49. Blue May 11, 2012

    Yes she will debut at number 1 this week but the week after she will be off.

  50. True blood May 11, 2012

    @blue you haters psychic now its the fastest selling song in 2012 idiot
    @enough onika you care lol funny how this question becomes who is better between rihanna and rita? Hahaha you navy are scaref to death. Please please stop.reporting on Rita cause in 1 month she’s not ss big as rihanna?? How stupid do you sound. Chick has 2 num 1s in a row and the fastest selling single in the uk and her first single in the usa is climbing up itunes and radio, but the uk doesnt matter; unless we talk about TTT flopping then its ww numbers hahaha. Go Rita u got em running scared.

  51. RP May 11, 2012

    @ENOUGH ONIKA, Thank you. Totally agree. Cheers to that.

  52. ENOUGH ONIKA May 11, 2012

    @TRUE BLOOD wtf are you talking about? i NEVER said I was apart of “the navy” number one. Two, I mentioned the Rihanna comparison in my post because if you actually watched the video above (hence what this post is about dumb*ss), Patricia clearly made reference (with clips) of Rihanna stating how Rita was “supposedly” better than her. Honestly, none the b****** can sing. Rihanna got no range, Rita’s raspy ass ain’t got no range (evident in her WFL s*** cover). Wow, she’s #1 in the UK…..ok. Been played 3-4 times total in America……ok. When she’s done releasing these basic singles, album gets pushed back 5-6 times and finally drops it, you know damn well ain’t no one gonna be buying that s***!! Wake the f*uck up.

  53. ENOUGH ONIKA May 11, 2012

    @TRUE BLOOD And another thing (in Monique voice). Word of advice so you don’t look as dumb as you did in your last post, get yourself HOOKED-ON-PHONICS please. That way you can respond with an accurate argument to what others have actually said. CLEARLY you have comprehension issues BAD. If I’m wrong, please point out the part in my first post were I said Rita needed to be as big as Rihanna in one month??? Wtf did that sh*t come from?

  54. Shots fired May 11, 2012

    I love haters!! Go Rita

  55. Tbozfan10 May 11, 2012

    The funniest thing is the ONLY place I have EVER heard or seen of her is on this Blog. I have never heard any mention of her anywhere else.

  56. TB4LIFE May 12, 2012

    ME To

    Cant wait 4 her to blow up ..get ur paper


    is it just me or are biggest haters really so stupid that its impossible to understand a single sentence they write, let alone follow their argumentation?? probably a good thing with all these mentally ill ravings

  58. ENOUGH ONIKA May 12, 2012

    @INTERESTING OBSERVATION LOL!!! Please read over your first sentence and take your dumb*ss to school and off these blogs! You can’t comprehend them anyway let alone write a proper sentence your damn self!! Hahaha ignorant af!!

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