Grammy-winning Rihanna is not letting the blogosphere get her tangled into some R&B-related feuds, publicly planting perceived Roc Nation nemesis Rita Ora with a wet kiss this weekend.
A photo of RiRi and Rita budding up started circulating online Sunday (May 20).
Don’t believe the rumors. It was nothing but love between Rihanna and Rita Ora at a birthday party for Roc Nation executive Tyran “Ty-Ty” Smith following the “Watch the Throne” concert in London last night. The Roc Nation divas shared a kiss and sent a clear message to their detractors. “@rihanna hatin a$$ biatch!!!! Mwah!!!!!!” tweeted the “R.I.P.” singer, who was stunning in a white Donna Karan dress. A protective Kanye West shielded his girlfriend Kim Kardashian from the paparazzi with his jacket as they left Dstrkt nightclub. Jay-Z, Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, and Rob Kardashian were also in the house (Rap-Up)
Recently, Ora opened up on Roc Nation boss Jay-Z likening her to RiRi.
“I take it as a compliment, the comparison is a great one,” the “How We Do” singer told MTV News recently. “It’s not like it’s someone I’m not a fan of, so I’m happy to be compared to someone like that. … Doing a feature with her would be so cool.” The idea of going half on a track was so appealing that she even came up with a possible video treatment, complete with dialogue. “The video would be kinda hot,” she laughed. “I’d be, like, chasing Rihanna the whole time. … I’d be like come on, man, give me a shot, man! Let me just take you out!’ ” she dramatized with overeager arm gestures. Then, of course, she burst into giggles, “No, I’m joking; I’m very, very much straight.” (MTV)
A few weeks ago, the London beauty talked about Jay envisioning her reaching mainstream success.
“I don’t think there will be a next Rihanna,” Rita told The Guardian this week. “But I think [Jay-Z] definitely sees me as someone who could be as big as Rihanna. “She’s a superstar now, but they first knew her as a small-island girl – and they want to repeat that success,” Rita added. The 21 year-old singer-songwriter was signed to a record deal with Roc Nation back in 2009 and is currently preparing to launch her debut album ‘Albi’ later this year. (Capital FM)
Recently, Ora revealed what industry lessons she learned from Young Hov.
Ever since being plucked from a night club in London in 2009 by Roc Nation, Rita Ora has been in the studio crafting her untitled debut album, which has been a learning experience in itself. “When I signed to Roc Nation, I was 18. At 18, I was basically singing anything [and] talking about something that I didn’t really know. When we recorded a few songs… the good thing about having a musician who is also your boss, is [having him] say, ‘Are you happy with it?’ Rita Ora said of Jay-Z and recording,”I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ He taught me about patience and they [Roc Nation] taught me how to find myself. i came back one day, and I swear, and I was like, ‘You know what? We need to do something else. And we flipped it.” Three years later, her full-length opus, featuring Ester Dean, The-Dream, Tinie Tempah, Drake and more, “is nearly done,” and Rita Ora is charming the media all the while marking her name in red on the Billboard charts. (Billboard)