The ruler of red lipstick has been taking the world by storm: she’s a superstar with a number one album in the UK who has added modeling to her portfolio, walking in Milan Fashion Week for Philipp Plein and Jeremy Scott’s Moschino show, and by being the face of DKNY. But she isn’t stopping there: the Roc Nation songstress sat down with BBC Radio 1’s DJ Nick Grimshaw, where she told him what’s next on her list for global domination and how her second album has come along with a little help from someone named Prince.
Keep reading for tidbits of her interview.
On her relationship with Jay Z:
“When I met him I was 17, and I am 23 now, so he’s watched me grow and now it’s about me having my own opinion and making my own decisions, which he understands. It’s more of a brother-sister relationship really. He really cares about me and it’s nice to see a boss who also really wants you to succeed and he’s really doing everything in his power to make this perfect.”
What working with Prince is like:
“No, it’s so easy. He plays like 50 instruments so you could do anything and he’ll fix it. He has an answer for everything. He’s a genius. When we connected I basically got a call from my management saying, ‘Prince would love to speak to Rita.’ And I was like, ‘Wait, like the actual Prince? The Prince of Wales?’ But I went that night and met him and we listened to music and it was amazing.”
On her future goals:
“I would love to win a Grammy one day. And I want to go to India, China and Egypt. Places I would have never gone before. I want to live the world through music and perform for people. Music is so fucking fun and it connects people. And in all honesty, I never want to stop doing this. I would go on tour for the rest of my life if I could. So I don’t think I’ve reached anything yet. I’ve got about 15 more years of goals to achieve.”
On finding success in America:
“Conquering America for a UK artist is incredible because that’s what everybody wants and dreams about. And I guess it’s the same for the US acts; they’d like to crack the UK. The accomplishment is dominating a market which you aren’t familiar with. So yeah, I am a bit nervous. I am a bit scared, I’ll be honest, but I am so fuckin’ excited because the tour we’re doing is going to be so fucking massive. I just can’t wait for it because we have so much more to play with now.”
Check out more from Rita over at Paper.
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