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Rita Ora Celebrates Mother’s 60th Birthday with New Single “Shape of Me” Featuring Keith Urban

Rita Ora, the dynamic pop sensation, has marked a significant milestone in her mother’s life with the release of her latest single, “Shape of Me”, featuring none other than country music icon Keith Urban. The heartfelt track, which originally appeared on her 2023 album “You and I”, has been reimagined to honor her mother’s 60th birthday, accompanied by a touching music video filled with cherished family memories.

The 33-year-old star, whose parents are psychiatrist Vera Bajraktari and pub landlord Besnik Sahatçiu, expressed her deep admiration and gratitude towards her mother in a heartfelt message accompanying the release. Rita shared, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM! We’ve been through everything together. You’ve always been such a beautiful inspiration in my life and in my music”.

Rita further elaborated, “I wanted to write a song about you for the longest time, so when ‘Shape Of Me’ was written by me and the You and I writing squad for my album and released, I was finally able to share so much that I’ve been feeling about you. It really became clear how much love you’ve shown me and how much you’ve taught me over the years!!”.

Keith Urban, who collaborated with Rita on “The Voice Australia”, reciprocated the admiration, stating, “When I did The Voice with Rita we just clicked right away. She’s great energy to be around and she’s a bad a** singer”.

He added, “So, when she sent me this song and asked if I wanted to sing with her on it, I said, ‘Can I play guitar too?’. I love how it turned out !!!”.

The songwriting team behind the track includes Rita herself, along with OAK, Keith Sorrells, Jenna Andrews, Rollo Armstrong, and Alex Niceforo. Their combined talents have crafted a poignant tribute that resonates with listeners on a profound level. On the production side, OAK (Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna), Keith Sorrells (Anne-Marie, Alessia Cara, Lizzo), and Alex Niceforo (Little Mix, Britney Spears, Kehlani) bring their expertise to the table, ensuring that every note and beat of the song is perfectly orchestrated. Together, this collaborative effort showcases the synergy between artists and producers, resulting in a musical gem that honors Rita’s mother and celebrates the strength of women everywhere.

The original version of “Shape Of Me” featured on Rita’s “You & I” album, which achieved significant success upon its release in 2023. Landing the coveted #1 spot on the UK Official Independent Albums Chart and debuting at #6 on the UK Official Albums Chart, the album solidified Rita’s position as a powerhouse in the music industry.

This latest release follows a string of successful singles from Rita Ora, including “You & I”, “Don’t Think Twice”, “You Only Love Me”, and “Praising You” featuring Fatboy Slim, which garnered a nomination for Dance Song of the Year at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Rita’s acclaimed music career boasts numerous accolades, with 13 UK Top 10 singles and four UK Number One singles to her name. In the US, she has achieved remarkable success, with a #3 Billboard Hot 100 song and multiple Top 10 hits on various Billboard charts.

“Shape of Me” is not only a testament to her musical talent but also a beautiful tribute to the guiding influence of her mother and the women in her life. As Rita continues to captivate audiences worldwide, her latest release stands as a heartfelt expression of love and appreciation.

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