After being signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation label seven years ago in 2008, Rita Ora wants off of the label, and is suing to leave her contract (to which she is contractually binded until 2019).
In the lawsuit, the British singer is claiming since Roc nation has expanded their focus into sports management, the music streaming service TIDAL, etc., the paperwork claims the label forgot about her. She claims she has recently been funding all of her recording, TV appearances, and videos.
The documents state, “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.”
Rita is suing Roc Nation, saying they violate California law (where she now lives) under the “seven-year rule” in which a renegotiation or settlement is usually reached.
If you’ve wondered why Rita hasn’t released any more music projects other than her 2012 album Ora, and claims she’s recorded a lot of music since, but the label has shelved it. Her Chris Brown-assisted single “Body On Me” is her latest release without a tangible project to follow.