Dance/Club Play: #1 (one) with a bullet, 11 weeks on chart, peak #1 (one)
Heatseakers: #11 (eleven)
Billboard information for the week of Nov 3, 2012
Billboard chart listings courtesy of Billboard Magazine
R.I.P. is a song recorded by British recording artist Rita Ora and features rapper Tinie Tempah, from her studio album, ORA (2012). The song was co-written by Canadian singer and rapper Drake, while production of the song was handled by Stargate. R.I.P is an R&B song with dubstep influences while sampling the Nneka song Heartbeat. The lyrics talk about a girl confronting her boyfriend, telling him to forget about his ex. The song was released as the lead single from the album in the United Kingdom and released on May 6, 2012. The accompanying music video was directed by Emil Nava.
Background and composition
R.I.P. is the lead single from Oras album as well as her solo single since being signed to Roc Nation. The song was written by Canadian artist Drake, and originally intended for Rihanna. R.I.P. is a song that I originally wrote for Rihanna. Rihanna actually didnt take the song. I think it was for Loud and Rita expressed interest in it and anything I can do for Rita, I will do. There is a remix of the song that actually features Drake singing and rapping along with Rita. The song was also co-written by Farhad Samadzada, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Nneka Egbuna, Renee Wisdom, Saul Milton, William Kennard. Rita spoke on why she chose the song as her lead single saying I heard the demo when Drake sung it and it touched me ( ) I thought it was a great woman empowering song. So I was like Drake, I need this song. She also felt releasing it as her first solo single would be a good career move: As a new artist wanting to make a statement, I definitely felt a confidence-boost would be the way forward. Which is why, as soon as I heard R.I.P., I loved the MESSAGE behind it. The song was co-produced by English duo Chase & Status and Stargate. She also announced that a British artist would be the only feature on the album. The artist was later revealed to be rapper Tinie Tempah and the track later revealed to be R.I.P. In an interview she spoke on why she choose to have Tinie Tempah on the album Having Tinie on there and working with Tinie is so great because Im from the UK, I listen to UK music and I really wanted him to be a part of it. His flow just killed it on the beat. The song samples Chase & Status remix of Nigerian singer Nnekas 2008 hit Heartbeat. The song was released through digital download to Ireland on May 4, 2012 and to the United Kingdom on May 6, 2012, and was also sent to mainstream radios in the United States on 25, April 2012. Ora described the meaning behind the track and lyrics saying About a girl getting her own and telling her man Im so much better than your ex girl you dont even know. Ora described the single as a synthy, dubstep-flavoured banger.
The video for the single was shot in Hackney, East London. The video was uploaded on to Oras official VEVO on 4 April 2012. The video was directed by Emil Nava. Ora released a 36 second teaser of the video and uploaded it to her official VEVO on 2 April 2012. She also released behind the scenes footage of her and Tinie Tempah onto the internet.
Ora uploaded a 30 second teaser on her official VEVO page of R.I.P. before releasing the full video.
The video begins with Ora walking through a dark room with window light, then a head shot of Ora singing directly to the camera. Ora then carries on to dance around the garage and around cars. Tinie Tempah is stood next to her, rapping to the camera while she dances back to back with him. The video then carries on in the same synopsis of Ora dancing in the garage or on cars with Tinie Tempah making small appearances. On the beat provided by Nneka, a silhouette of a man dances center of the garage. A car cut in half is used in the video to give the illusion that the front is embedded in the cement of the buildings foundation.
Rap-up described the video saying flaunts her drop-dead gorgeous looks, impeccable swag, and beanie collection as she dances on top of customized cars in a grungy warehouse. Her British pal Tinie Tempah injects some attitude, while Rita bites the bullet—literally—in the in-your-face clip. Popcrush.com noted that Tinie Tempah shows up for the first few moments, then steps aside for the most part in order to let Rita do her thing. However, their scenes together crackle! MTV reviewed the video saying Not much goes on in the R.I.P. video except for tons of vanity shots of Rita looking exceptionally hot ( ) Sure, a plotline in a music video is always a good idea, but when youve got a scorching record and two extremely attractive people in the same room, theres really not much else to do except to watch them be hot. Idolator.com gave the video a very negative review saying this is ridiculous. In the video for her single R.I.P., British singer Rita Ora comes off like a second-hand Rihanna, from her wardrobe to the Talk That Talk-cribbing song itself and calling Rita the Poor Mans Rihanna.
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