Rita Ora Blames ‘Hacker’ After Twitter Fan Promo Backfires

Rita Ora Blames 'Hacker' After Twitter Fan Promo Backfires

On Halloween, pop singer Rita Ora made a special promise to her Twitter fans: “Dropping my new song Monday if this gets 100,000 retweets,” she wrote.

Sounds good, right? Ora has almost four million followers, so the promo was basically a lock. Or so she must have thought: when the message picked up less than 2,000 retweets, it was clear that she was going to finish a long way short of her lofty target.

So she deleted the tweet.

Rita Ora Blames 'Hacker' After Twitter Fan Promo Backfires

The failed promo and the attempt to remove the evidence caused a backlash from Twitter users, both fans and otherwise, and resulted in a lot of egg-on-face for Ora. What was a girl to do?

Blame a hacker.

Yep, Ora has become the latest celebrity Twitter user to blame those awful “hackers” for when things go wrong.

“By the way my Twitter got hacked somebody is threatening to release new music I’ve worked really hard on,” she tweeted later on Halloween. “Nothing comes out until I’m ready.”

Uh huh, Rita. Whatever you say. To be fair, there’s every chance the “flock to unlock” promo was something cooked up by her PR team, but either way this is a big embarrassment for Ora. And also for Twitter. After all, you’d have thought four million followers could have easily cooked up a measly 100,000 retweets. Kind of makes you wonder how many of her “fans” are actually real.