It has been a momentous year and a half for Rita – following a sold out European tour and an incredible summer playing to millions of fans with over 33 live dates, her latest five hit singles have amassed over 1.3 billion Spotify streams worldwide. Global hit, ‘Your Song’, written by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac has reached more than 352M streams alone – it is also her biggest hit in Europe and was a Top 10 smash in the UK singles chart.
Following on from this, she released a global Top 10 hit in August, ‘Lonely Together’, a collaboration with Avicii. Her single ‘Anywhere’, released last October, earnt a #2 spot in the UK. Further collaborations with Liam Payne for the the Fifty Shades Freed Soundtrack ‘For You’ became her fourth Top 10 hit, as well as her girl-power anthem ‘Girls’, which saw Rita team up with Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX to “Let You Love Me” and her most recent release “Only Want You” featuring 6lack.
Rita says of her current album Phoenix, “One of the most liberating feelings for me is performing and creating music. This album is a true labour of love, and it was important for me to do it my way. I’m so appreciative of the love and support from those who worked with me on the record and allowed me create something I’m really proud of. They gave me the space and freedom to create something from my heart. Both challenging and euphoric at times. I am really proud of and grateful for the journey that the making of Phoenix has taken me on. To my fans, thank you for your patience and thank you always for listening.”
Rita has sold a staggering seven million singles, had 12 top ten singles (five of which received platinum status and five of which are gold certified) and holds the record for the most Top 10 singles for a British female artist in the UK as well as charting a number 1 platinum-selling debut album. She has cemented herself as one of the most successful UK pop acts of the last decade. Her return to music last year culminated in 1 billion streams and views worldwide and four globe-spanning smash hit singles. Her collaboration with Avicii won Best Dance VMA at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. She is also a multi-talented industry leader across TV, culture and fashion, with brand partnerships across key sectors. Her film credits include the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, Fast & Furious, Southpaw and the upcoming Detective Pikachu.