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Rita Ora Lights Up New Year's Eve at The Standard

Sayonara, 2014. What a year…the things we did! The people we met! Next year is shaping up to be at least 6x busier so prepare yourself — in fact, you should probably just go ahead and start hydrating now.

In true Standard Style, we sent 2014 off with a bang, or a boom, depending on your point of view with multiple celebrations in LA and New York topped with a spine-tingling set by British breakout Rita Ora at The Top of the Standard at The Standard, High Line.

Ora dominated this year — on screens big and small as well as billboards worldwide. Before serenading our black tie extravaganza last night where she performed jazz renditions of "Black Widow," "How We Do," and "I Will Never Let You Down," we caught up with Miss Ora to find out what gifts she received this year and what gifts are still to come. Happy New Year, all!

STANDARD CULTURE: What can we expect from your new record?
RITA ORA: I worked with some incredible producers and really can't wait for you all to hear ‎it. We’re putting finishing touches on now.

What was it like working with Prince?
Prince is as incredible as you imagine and then some. What a force of a person — he is truly inspirational.

What was the best holiday gift you received?
I received so many, I don't like to single out, but it's amazing to have my parents here in NYC with me. That's the best gift.

What are three words that defined your 2014?
Exciting ... Creative ... Planes!!!!

Highlights of your 2014?
It was incredible to work on my first feature films and get another no. 1 record.

Favorite tracks/releases from 2014?
To work with Iggy Azalea on Black Widow and reach the top of the US charts was off the scale. She is awesome.

What are your pre-show rituals?
Earl Grey tea with lemon and manuka honey.

Rita Ora and Katy Perry

What are you looking forward to in 2015?
Releasing my new album, coaching on The Voice, touring the world, and maybe doing another couple of films....and...and....and....

New Year’s resolutions?
Oh I hate coming up with these as I muck up in week one!!!

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