UPDATE: It's official, Rita Ora has parted ways with Roc Nation and signs with Atlantic Records instead. The singer confirmed the news via press release:
“Music is my first love and I am looking forward to getting my new songs released,” Ora said. “I’m thankful to my new Atlantic Records family for all their support and encouragement. The next chapter is going to be incredible.”
On Instagram, the singer wrote:
I'm so thankful to my new Atlantic Records family and First Access management for all their support and encouragement! The next chapter is going to be incredible!
Rita Ora has settled her lawsuit with Roc Nation and signed a recording contract elsewhere.
On the outside, Ora's career is very much up in the air. Her deal with label Roc Nation went belly-up after she sued them because she claimed the company pushed her aside to focus on representing professional athletes. Roc Nation countersued Ora for $2.4 million for breaking her recording contract and failing to deliver four more albums. Ora's attorney said “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation" and were hammering out the final details, but no official word what Ora has planned next aside from her exit from The X Factor. A source said “she has a huge amount of respect for Jay Z. She credits him with helping to launch her career. But it’s the right time to move on.”
An update with the New York Supreme Court confirms Ora and Jay / Roc Nation "have reached a settlement."
The update coincides with several SnapChats from Ora showing off her new inked recording contract. It's rumored she signed with Warner Music.
Last month, the singer announced her exit from The X Factor to focus on music, saying: "I had a ball on @TheXFactor last year and will miss the team."
A source told The Sun she plans on releasing music later this year and then tour the album.