Rita Ora files a lawsuit against Jay Z’s label, Roc Nation.
“X Factor” UK judge filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court stating the recording agreement she signed in 2008 with Roc Nation is unenforceable and violates California law.
Ora claims she signed the agreement in 2008 at the age of 18 and has been “orphaned” from Jay Z’s company as it has changed personnel and expanded its business ventures. The suit makes reference to Roc Nation’s sports agency and the Jay Z-helmed streaming service, Tidal.
The lawsuit also calls Roc Nation a “diminished” label with “only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage superstar artists.”
Ora also claims she became a one-woman pop star machine and has been “self-funding her promotional television appearances, recording costs and other video projects,” The Hollywood Reporter wrote.
In 2013, Roc Nation switched its distribution partner from Sony to Universal. But according to the lawsuit, the British singer has been left behind at Sony, which she paints as “hamstrung” by Roc Nation’s alleged inattention, THR reported.
The complaint added: “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.”
According to USA Today, Ora is suing under California’s “seven-year rule,” a section of the state’s labor code that stipulates a court cannot enforce a personal service contract after seven calendar years from when the deal began.
Rolling Stone noted that most record industry disputes involving the “seven-year rule” have ended in a settlement or a renegotiated deal.
Ora released her first album under Roc Nation, “Ora,” in 2012. This year, she also had a supporting role in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” In August, Ora released a new single, “Body on Me” with Chris Brown.
Jay Z has been previously rumored to be cheating on wife Beyonce with Ora amidst speculations that the rapper and Bey are heading their way to splitsville.
Ora dismissed the rumors.