Back in December, Rita Ora filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation, basically seeking freedom from Jay Z’s company. At the time, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that the complaint stated that ‘When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist. 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 reportedly felt ‘orphaned’ by Roc Nation, and suggested that her deal with the company was in violation of California’s ‘Seven Year Rule’. Now, however, Roc Nation has issued its own suit, claiming that Rita is in fact in breach of her five-album contract. Rita has, in fact, only produced one album since she was signed in 2008, at the age of 18. Roc Nation’s lawsuit claims it has “tirelessly promoted” Rita’s career, even spending $2.3m- that’s about £1.6m- on her second album, which remains undelivered. Roc Nation is asking for the return of the full amount of that money.
While this all sounds rather hostile, Rita’s lawyer, Howard E. King told Billboard: ‘that Jay Z called Ora shortly after she filed suit for release from the label telling her all was well, and that she would be released from the Roc Nation contract. “We’re in the process of finalizing those details,” says King. “[Jay Z] could not have been more gracious.”
It seems, then, that the entire process is just a formality. As King went on to say: “It was just a little twist, because Jay Z, we are told, has to answer to Sony Music, so that’s been the hangup in having this go away. But we’re confident that Jay can resolve whatever he has to with Sony Music.”
Given that Rita’s debut album, Ora, was a No.1 hit and boasted two No.1 singles, we’re pretty sure that whatever happens, Rita’s fans are awaiting a second album with baited breath.