By Jonathan Hailey
Singer Rita Ora has had enough of jumping over hurdles to get her album released in America. She has filed a lawsuit against label Roc Nation and Jay Z to liberate herself from her contract. Billboard reports Ora filed a complaint in Los Angeles accusing Roc Nation of abandoning her when the company turned their attention to sports management.
The complaint, in part, read, “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.”
Rita Ora signed to Jay Z’s imprint in 2008 at 18-years-old and her debut effort was released in Britain in 2012. The star filed the complaint in California citing the state’s “seven year rule,” which is used to end personal services agreements. Ora claims she’s been stuck in limbo ever since Roc Nation ended theor distribution deal from Sony to Universal. Rita Ora was left behind at Sony. It’s also being alleged Ora has been personally funding promotional television appearances, recording costs, and videos.
“Rita’s relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged,’ the complaint claims. ““Fortunately for Rita, the California legislature had the foresight to protect its artists from the sorts of vicissitudes she’s experienced with Roc Nation.”
Rita Ora was building buzz for her second album and American debut with the steamy single and video “Body On Me” featuring Chris Brown. If this lawsuit drags on, who knows when we’ll get a full-length album from the British beauty.