Rita Ora Is Suing To Be Released From Jay Z’s Roc Nation

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Above image:¬†Rita Ora¬†at Jeremy Scott‚Äės¬†Spring 2016 show.

British chart-topping singer Rita Ora signed to Jay Z‘s Roc Nation imprint at the young age of 18 in 2008.

The Voice UK coach and pop songstress is fed up and had enough with her record label. Ora has filed a lawsuit in California asking to be let out of her current contract.

Below is what Billboard reports:

In a complaint filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, she’s seeking a declaratory judgment that the recording agreement she signed in 2008 with Roc Nation violates California law and is unenforceable.”

She’s taking such action after presenting herself as “orphaned” from Roc Nation in light of the Jay¬†Z company’s developing interest in sports management and other endeavors.”

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 adiminished¬†record label withonly 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 ashamstrung” 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.”

Rita‘s relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged,” states the complaint made on Ora’s behalf by attorney Howard King. “Fortunately for Rita, the California legislature had the foresight to protect its artists from the sorts of vicissitudes she’s experienced with Roc Nation.”

donbleek.com is still waiting for a response from Roc Nation.

Photo Credit: AP

Source: Billboard

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