Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label is suing ex label mate Rita Ora after she breached her contract with the company.
Approximately a month ago, the British singer filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation to remove herself from the label, stating that Roc Nation’s attention shifted from her project when they started representing athletes. In response, the record label claimed their operation of business was exceedingly up to par, however Rita breached her contract when she was unable to produce the agreed upon amount of albums; therefore, Roc Nation is countersuing for 2.3 million dollars from the 25-year-old singer.
According to the labels’ legal documents, they have invested millions in promoting Rita during her contract, including an estimate of $2.3 million on her sophomore LP, which still hasn’t been released. She was asked to produce a number of five albums as stated in the contract which granted her and the label four option periods. Unfortunately, the “Body on Me” singer only recorded one album during her contract term. Roc Nation wants Rita to pay them for the money they’ve spent on her second album and the albums she hasn’t recorded.
While awaiting a judge to finalize the lawsuit, Rita’s lawyer, Howard King, claims that Roc Nation isn’t revealing the entire story. He went on to state, “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalized…We believe that Roc Nation’s distributor, Sony Music, has required Roc Nation to file this action to preserve whatever rights Sony might have pending resolution.”
We’ll keep you updated as this story unfolds.
Written by: Chey Lyn