Rita Ora Sues Roc Nation, Says Her Projects Are Self-Funded
According to Billboard, a complaint filed in Los Angeles earlier today (December 17), states that the contract she signed back in 2008 when she was 18 violates California law and is no longer enforceable.
The site reports that Ora is “presenting herself as ‘orphaned’” from the label, claiming the company’s increasing exploration of other business ventures (she names Jay Z's music streaming site TIDAL as well as Roc Nation's newfound interest in sports management) has taken away from her development as an artist.
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.”
The claim goes on to refer to Roc Nation as a “diminished” label with “only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage superstar artists."
Ora also references California’s Seven Year Law, which was first implemented back in 1944 and ensures personal contracts end seven years after they begin. It has remained controversial since its inception, however, as artists often wait years between albums and sometimes ends with labels demanding damages for unfulfilled contracts. While the Seven Year Law is often invoked to prompt a contract re-negotiation, Ora wants out entirely, saying that the label has blocked her from releasing more than one album despite recording many more over the past seven years.
Ora also claims that she’s been “self-funding her promotional television appearances, recording costs and video projects,” and that her “relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged."
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