Rita Ora Files Lawsuit Demanding To Be Released From Roc Nation
British songstress Rita Ora filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday seeking a declaratory judgement that will release her from her 2008 recording contract with Roc Nation.
In the lawsuit, the singer presented herself as “orphaned” from JAY Z‘s “diminished” company after they began developing interests in sports management and suffered a revolving door of executives.
“When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist,” states the complaint. “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.”
With unmistakable references to Jay Z’s new pursuits (the streaming service Tidal is mentioned), the lawsuit paints Roc Nation as a “diminished” record label with “only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage superstar artists.”
Ora (now living in California) says she’s on her own, “self-funding her promotional television appearances, recording costs and video projects,” but she has a problem. In 2013, Roc Nation switched its distribution partner from Sony to Universal, but according to the lawsuit, she’s been left behind at Sony, which she paints as “hamstrung” by Roc Nation’s alleged inattention.
“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,” states the complaint.
Welp. Rita Ora wasn’t the first and she won’t be the last person to jump the Roc Nation ship. (See also Wale, M.I.A.)
In other Rita news…
She’s gracing the latest issue of Elle Canada and she looks great.