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"Radioactive"

RITA ORA
"Radioactive"
RITA ORA

Model, fashion icon and No.1 pop star - if a music mogul could combine some of the irresistible appeal of Ms Gwen Stefani, Rihanna and Beyoncé, the result might look something like Kosovo-born Ms Rita Ora.

Starting out singing in London bars as a teenager, it wasn't long before the British singer-songwriter was snapped up to feature on tracks with urban artists such as Mr Craig David and Tinchy Stryder, in 2008. A year later, her star continued to ascend - featuring in Mr Jay-Z's "Forever Young" video, the hip-hop heavyweight swiftly signed her up to his Roc Nation label. She released the video for first hit single, "Hot Right Now", with DJ Fresh, in December 2011.

Two years in the making, debut album Ora was released in August last year and rocketed to No.1 in the UK charts. Never short of top collaborators, Messrs Kanye West, Tinie Tempah and will.i.am all pitched in on the album to produce a heady mix of street beats, pop hooks and dark, powerful vocals.

Fresh from a UK tour promoting latest EP, Radioactive, we asked the songstress for the five tracks that have influenced her most.

"Don't Speak"

No Doubt
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"Don't Speak"
No Doubt

"Gwen Stefani is a role model of mine and this is the song that got me hooked on the band. She's so confident and the guys are so cool. What's not to like?"

"No Ordinary Love"

SADE
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"No Ordinary Lovek"
Sade

"She's my Dad's favourite singer so he would play her in our house all the time when I was younger. I love her voice and passion - and the video's amazing too!"

"I Will Wait"

Mumford & Sons
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"I love the way they use their words in such a simple way. It just clicks and they really make you feel a part of it - it's amazing."

"Party and Bullshit"

The Notorious B.I.G.
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"I grew up in West London so hip-hop was a big influence for me. This was without doubt one of my favourite tunes."

"Crazy in Love"

Beyoncé
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"This was such an anthem. I love powerful women and Beyoncé represents that as well as anyone."

Ms Ora's Radioactive EP is out now. Listen to Ms Ora's picks on Spotify here.

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