Rita Ora is being countersued by Roc Nation, after filing a lawsuit last December in which she complains about being “orphaned” by the Jay-Z founded record label.
Roc Nation are now suing the singer, claiming that they need to be reimbursed by her for the $2.3 million that they funnelled into marketing her yet-to-be-released sophomore album. Obviously the $2.3 million has been well spent, since the music world is abuzz about it…
In her filed complaint, the singer invokes California’s famous “Seven Year Rule,” which states that a person cannot be subjected to a contract to perform personal services beyond seven years from the beginning of the deal. The complaint also that 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.”
This is most likely regarding Ron Nation’s move towards the streaming service Tidal, as well as the label’s growing sports clientele.
However, Roc Nation are stating that regardless of those damning claims, Rita Ora was signed to a five album deal, and has so far only delivered one album. Which seems like a mildly petty rebuttal considering that the singer claims that she has been completely ignored by the label and has no contacts left in Roc Nation.
The once prominent Jay-Z protégé released very successful singles last year, with Poison and Body on Me proving to both be very popular. Hopefully, whatever the outcome of these legal battles we get to hear more from the very talented performer.