Yikes! Rita Ora Filed a Lawsuit Against Jay Z's Roc Nation
While it looked like everything was all good between Rita Ora and Jay Z, it turns out she wants out of her deal with his label, Roc Nation.
The songstress reportedly filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking a "judgment that the recording agreement she signed in 2008 (when Jay discovered her) with Roc Nation violates California Law and is unenforceable," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Rita is claiming that she has been "orphaned" from the label due to Jay Z's sports management company and his other business ventures. "When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist," the complaint stated. "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 under California's "seven-year rule," according to Rolling Stone, which states that a court cannot enforce a personal service contract after seven calendar years from the date the deal was signed. Most record industry cases involving that rule end in a settlement or a renegotiated deal.
The "Body On Me" crooner's contract includes the option of up to five albums, a "pay or play" provision and other limitations, but she has only released one album so far, her 2012 debut, Ora. According to Rita's claims, she has only been allowed to release that one album, although she has recorded enough music to make several more. The "Body on Me" crooner added that she's even had to pay for her own recording costs, videos and TV appearances, which the label typically handles.
So far, Jay Z and his camp are keeping mum about their reactions to Rita's lawsuit...so we'll have to wait and see how this one turns out.