Rita Ora is done with Roc Nation and when I mean done, she is DONE.
The U.K. artist filed a lawsuit against Jay Z's company on Thursday, stating that she feels "orphaned" and that Roc Nation's priorities revolve more around the sports management and Tidal side.
Billboard reports that the sing is using California's "seven year rule" in her defense. She claims that after signing with the label in 2008 at 18, that she has been "hamstrung" after the label switched its distribution partner form Sony to Universal in 2013.
“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.”
She also states that she is "self-funding" her promotional work.
“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,” the complaint states. “Rita’s relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged,” says Ora’s 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.”
We will see how this all plays out, hopefully both sides can come to some agreement at the end of the day.