On 3 July 2011, DJ Fresh released "Louder" (featuring Sian Evans), the first single from his third studio album, Nextlevelism. It reached peak position in the "UK Singles Chart", giving Fresh his first ever No. 1. After "Louder", Fresh started working on his second single, "Hot Right Now", and he was looking for a voice to put on it. He came across an acoustic version of Outkast's song "Hey Ya!" posted on YouTube by Roc Nation signee Rita Ora, who was working on her debut album, Ora. Ora auditioned for the part and was eventually kept on the track. Daniel Stein and The Invisible Men wrote the song while Daniel Stein and Wez Clarke produced it.
Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a mixed review stating:
Judging by the results of his latest track, we assume that the burden became all-too-great. Yes, the head-spinning breakneck beats and fuzzy basslines are impressive, as are the efforts of rising Roc Nation-signed guest singer Rita Ora, but there's something lacking here that made 'Louder' the hit that it was. Our suggestion? Lyrics such as "Turn it up right now/ Put your hands in the air if you want it right now" can't be doing him many favours. .
"Hot Right Now" debuted at number one on the "UK Singles Chart", selling over 128,000 copies in its first week, and becoming the fastest selling single of 2012 at that time. By the end of the year, "Hot Right Now" sold 482,000 copies in the UK, making it the 24th best-selling single of 2012.
The music video for the song, directed by Rohan BM, was uploaded on YouTube on 14 December 2011. It features Ora in Los Angeles rocking a multi-colored, ’80s-inspired leather jacket amongst a crew of hipsters, breaking and crumping in a graffiti-covered lot.