Rita Ora Files Lawsuit Against Jay Z’s Label, Roc Nation

News / December 18, 2015


Rita Ora has filed a lawsuit to opt out of her deal with Jay Z’s label Roc Nation, filing a lawsuit that looks at the current state of the label. It additionally mentions the “seven-year rule” of California that locks an artist into a personal service contract for that length of time.

The “Body On Me” singer’s complaint against Roc Nation was submitted on Nov. 17 and alleges that the contract she signed at the young age of 18 is in violation of California law. She is seeking a declaratory judgement on the case.

“When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist,” the lawsuit states according to Billboard. “As Roc Nation’s interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita’s remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company.”

Ora further cites that she is completely on her own in terms of the label and is even self-funding any promotional TV appearances, recording costs and even video projects. Roc Nation transferred its distribution partner in 2013, choosing Universal over Sony. Ora’s lawsuit claims that she’s been neglected at Sony and that Roc Nation should have been more involved with her growth as an artist.

“Between Sony’s limited economic return from its orphaned relationship with Roc Nation and Sony’s indirect relationship with Rita, Rita is caught in a political quagmire of dysfunction,” the lawsuit additionally states.

Aside from her legal troubles, Rita Ora also recently wanted to remake the classic “Lady Marmalade,” which featured  P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mya. Ora expressed that she would like to re-work the track with Miley Cyrus, Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea. XCX seemed into the idea but Azalea promptly turned her down.

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