Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation is suing Rita Ora for allegedly breaking her recording contract and not making the number of albums she made a deal to make.
The civil court case has been filed in New York almost two months after the British-born singer started legal proceedings herself against Roc Nation in Los Angeles, California.
Ora, 25, has however claimed that the company has an illegal contract with her and that she should be released from it. Since signing the contract at 18 years-old, the singer has released only one album with the record label, ORA – her debut in 2012, despite Roc Nation claiming to have spent more than $2 million on developing and marketing her second album.
According to Page Six in the New York Post, the label says Rita had a five album deal but has only released one so far.
Roc Nation says it signed Rita Ora when she was an “unknown singer” and “has tirelessly promoted her career, investing millions of dollars in marketing, recording and other costs, which was instrumental in guiding Ms Ora to her current level of success and fame”.
Howard King, who is Rita Ora’s Lawyer released a statement saying: “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalised. We believe that Roc Nation’s distributor, Sony Music, has required Roc Nation to file this action to preserve whatever rights Sony might have pending resolution.”
The singer’s court case says: “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.”