Rita Ora hasn’t put out a record since her 2012 Roc Nation debut, Ora, and it appears that lack of activity has sparked the filing of a lawsuit in California. The British vocalist filed the suit essentially citing that the label has failed to make her position as an artist a priority in their current affairs.
The Hollywood Reporter writes:
Rita Ora, British chart-topping songstress and coach on The Voice UK, has filed a lawsuit that addresses the current state of Roc Nation and tests California’s famous “seven-year rule” on personal service contracts.
In a complaint filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, she’s seeking a declaratory judgment that the recording agreement she signed in 2008 at the age of 18 with Roc Nation violates California law and is unenforceable.
She’s taking such action after presenting herself as “orphaned” from Roc Nation in light of the Jay-Z company’s developing interest in sports management and other endeavors
“When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist,” states the complaint. “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.”
With unmistakable references to Jay-Z’s new pursuits (the streaming service Tidal is mentioned), the lawsuit paints Roc Nation as a “diminished” record label with “only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage superstar artists.”
Ora, who resides in California, has been operating her brand using her own money and staff. Further adding to Ora’s troubles as an artist was Roc Nation moving from Sony to Universal. However, Sony dropped Ora once the Roc Nation connection dissolved.