Rita Ora took some time to catch up with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs on Monday (Aug. 20) at the 2018 MTV VMAs, chatting about her forthcoming album and remembering her “Lonely Together” collaborator Avicii.
Asked about the status her album, Ora tells Billboard, “I’ve put out four singles last year, internationally, and I think that it’s so incredibly important to just keep feeding music, music, music, and then the album will eventually follow, even though my album will definitely be out this year.
“It’s been a long journey,” she adds. “I mean, we all know it’s been an up and down rollercoaster, so I’m happy it’s finally coming to a standstill.”
Ora shares that while she would love to do some more acting, she is waiting until the album comes out, which will be some time in 2018. The singer also mentions that the record will feature “fresh new talent,” including Whethan, who she calls an “incredible DJ.”
In the interview, Ora also opens up about Avicii, who passed away in April an apparent suicide. The pair worked together on the song “Lonely Together,” which won a VMA for best dance video.
“For me, I was the last song he ever put out, so I felt really responsible to just get the message out with our song,” Ora says, “And the fact that the VMAs have nominated it is just so amazing and I think he’d be so happy, so I’m kinda doing it for the both us.”
You can watch the full video interview with Rita Ora above.