Shine Ya Light

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"Shine Ya Light"
Single by Rita Ora
from the album Ora
Released 4 November 2012
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2011-12
Genre R&B, synthpop, reggae fusion
Length 3:30
Label Roc Nation, Columbia
Writer(s) Chris Loco, Fraser T Smith, Laura Pergolizzi
Producer(s) Fraser T Smith, Chris Loco
Rita Ora singles chronology
"How We Do (Party)"
"Shine Ya Light"

"Shine Ya Light" is a song recorded by British recording artist Rita Ora, and released as the third overall single from her debut studio album, Ora. The song was released in the United Kingdom on 4 November 2012, in the form of a digital download.[1] It was written by Chris Loco, Fraser T Smith, Laura Pergolizzi and produced by Fraser T Smith and Chris Loco. Ora performed the song on The X Factor on 4 November 2012[2] and on Alan Carr: Chatty Man on 16 November 2012.[3]

Background and composition[edit]

After reaching three consecutive number ones in the UK Singles Chart with DJ Fresh's "Hot Right Now"[4] as well as with her singles "R.I.P." (featuring Tinie Tempah)[4] and "How We Do (Party)",[4] Ora announced that the third single from her UK debut album, Ora, would be "Shine Ya Light".[4][2] Chris Loco, Fraser T Smith and Laura Pergolizzi wrote the song, while Chris Loco and Fraser T Smith were also the producers.

Chart performance[edit]

"Shine Ya Light" was released as a single on 4 November 2012.[1][2] It reached No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart,[5] giving Ora her third UK top-ten single from her debut album, and fourth overall in 2012.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the track was filmed in Ora's city of birth, Pristina, Kosovo,[a] and was released on Vevo on 27 October 2012.[7] Ora explained why she chose this location for her video, saying "I was born in a little city called Pristina which no one really knows about, so I’m proud to kind of put it on the map out there a little bit because we are a very patriotic country so we always try and mention us wherever we can because it’s such a great place".[8] Speaking about the video (directed by Emil Nava[9]), Ora said "The whole country was outside... I got off the plane, it was like millions of heads. I couldn't see the floor. I'm not even exaggerating. It was the most surrealest experience I've ever felt. It was more than a music video. [It] was a moment in our history as Kosovo, it was a moment for people to see us: how we live, our landscape. It was my duty to do my video there".[10] In the video, Ora is shown riding with a flank of bikers and gigging for excited hometown crowds in various places, such as the Newborn monument.[11][12]

The single was also used to make the musical documentary "Columbia's 28". This short film, premiered on YouTube in December 2012, tells the story of the Space Shuttle Columbia's 28 missions. Filmmaker Salem Hanna chose "Shine Ya Light" as the basis for the video after hearing it on his car radio whilst wondering what music could evoke the soaring spirit of spaceflight, and was particularly drawn to the power of the lyrics as a way to describe cutting edge scientific research.[13]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[14]
  1. "Shine Ya Light" - 3:30
  2. "Shine Ya Light" (The 2 Bears Full Length Mix) - 5:29
  3. "Shine Ya Light" (The Bimbo Jones Dub) - 7:11
  4. "Shine Ya Light" (Dannic Club Mix) - 5:00
  5. "Shine Ya Light" (Gregor Salto Remix) - 5:53
  • Promotional CD single
  1. "Shine Ya Light" - 3:30
  2. "Shine Ya Light" (Gregor Salto Remix) - 5:53
  3. "Shine Ya Light" (Instrumental) - 3:30

Credits and personnel[edit]


Chart (2012) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 25
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 9
Ukraine (FDR Pop Singles Chart)[17] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 10

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom[14][19] 17 October 2012 Radio airplay Roc Nation, Columbia Records
2 November 2012 Digital download
Italy[20] 16 November 2012 Contemporary hit radio Sony


a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 107 out of 193 United Nations member states.


  1. ^ a b "Rita Ora: 'Shine Ya Light' - Music video". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  2. ^ a b c Ora, Rita (9 October 2012). "@RITAORAFACTS: Keep Sunday 4th November in your diary! @RitaOra is not only releasing #ShineYaLight but performing it on @TheXFactor too YAY". Twitter. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Watch: Rita Ora Performs ‘Shine Ya Light’ On ‘Chatty Man’". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Unstoppable: Rita Ora scores debut Official Number 1 album". 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  5. ^ "2012 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive 17th November 2012". Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  6. ^ "RITA ORA". Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  7. ^ RITA ORA - Shine Ya Light on YouTube
  8. ^ "Rita Ora's 'Shine Ya Light' Video: Look By Look". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  9. ^ "RITA ORA - Shine Ya Light - Behind The Scenes Pt. 1". 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  10. ^ "The golden Ora". 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  11. ^ "The Kosovo-born singer heads back to her roots". 4Music. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Video: Rita Ora – ‘Shine Ya Light’". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  13. ^ "Columbia's 28". 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
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  15. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  17. ^ "Ukrainian Chart". FDR. 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  18. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  19. ^ "BBC Radio 1 Playlist – 17 October 2012". BBC Radio 1. BBC. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
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