Rita Ora Sues Jay Z’s Roc Nation To Be Released From Recording ContractDecember 17, 2015
Citing TIDAL as one of the reasons she’s leaving.
Following a professionally disastrous year for Jay Z, Rita Ora is attempting to jump ship from Roc Nation.
News emerged today that British X Factor judge Rita Ora has filed a lawsuit against her record company, the Jay Z headed Roc Nation, in order to be released from her contract, claiming that the company has effectively left her “orphaned” and are no longer properly supporting her career. If proven true, this would leave the initial contract she signed, aged 18, unlawful.
The complaint reads:
“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.”
She goes on to say that because of Jay Z’s increasingly varied interests and business pursuits, she is not being promoted properly and, interestingly, the Kosovo born singer names TIDAL as one of the ventures that’s preventing the company from representing her best interests.
The lawsuit tests some of California’s longest running entertainment laws, and, if won, will be a game changer of epic proportions.
Rita Ora is not the first artist to part ways with Roc Nation this year – Australian pop royalty Kylie Minogue left their management division citing “a series of personal and professional disappointments.”
Although Ora is by no means Roc Nation’s most profitable artist, she adds fuel to the fire of Jay Z’s terrible year. After suffering through the backlash that came with TIDAL debacle, Jay has also come under fire for his management of Rihanna’s now almost comically delayed eight studio album, ‘ANTi.’
Could Jay’s reign as one of the best artists turned business moguls in the industry be coming to an end? Has the superstar rapper bitten off more than he can chew?