Rita Ora wants out of Jayz’s Roc Nation citing negligence as her major reason.
The British singer, Rita Ora, signed on to the label as an 18 year old, but has only recorded one album with them.Her legal team state that the label’s change of direction meant her career was forgotten.
In a suit filed filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court her lawyer claimed Rita’s contract with Roc Nation is in violation of California’s ‘seven-year rule’. The legal document reads:
“When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artiste. 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…”
The paperwork calls Jayz’s Roc Nation a ‘diminished’ record label with ‘only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage “superstar artists.”
Her legal team are citing the Labour Code 2855 known as the “Seven Year Rule” to break her contract. Stating that:
“Rita’s relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged. ‘Fortunately for Rita, the California legislature had the foresight to protect its artists from the sorts of vicissitudes she’s experienced with Roc Nation.”
The lawsuit also cited Jayz’s Roc Nation‘s interest in sports management and other endeavors like streaming service Tidal as specific examples.
Well, it’s hard to take sides in issues like this until we get a response from Jay’z Roc Nation. It can be said that Rita Ora has not really helped herself in this case. As she has not really had a top 10 hit song in the last 24 months.