Rita Ora Files Complaint To Be Released From Roc Nation Record Deal

Bianca Gracie | December 17, 2015 1:56 pm
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Rita Ora wants to break free from Roc Nation, as the singer reportedly filed a lawsuit to sue her record label. According to Billboard, Ora filed a complaint today (December 17) in Los Angeles Superior Court stating she was “orphaned” once Jay Z focused more on sports management and other sectors of the label imprint.

The complaint states: “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.”

It continues to reveal the “Body On Me” singer has been “self-funding her promotional television appearances, recording costs and video projects.” So here’s where the “orphaned” portion comes in: Roc Nation switched its distribution from Sony to Universal, yet the UK starlet is still under Sony. Rita also cites California’s “seven year rule” that ends personal service contracts, as she was first signed to Roc Nation back in 2008.

Rita Ora’s sophomore album has been long overdue and her “Body On Me” single failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100 or impact radio despite various television appearances. She explained the album delay (which is reportedly pushed back to January) last month during an interview with Alan Carr:

“I was recording an album actually previously with someone that I loved personally and then it kind of fell through and I just didn’t want to release that music because it didn’t relate to me any more. So it didn’t make any sense for me to pretend because that’s not nice to pretend to my fans… and then you’ve got to promote it for three years it’s like torture.”

No word of when Rita’s as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2012’s Ora will be officially released.

[via Billboard]

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