Roc Nation is firing back at Rita Ora via a new $2.4 million civil lawsuit filed in Manhattan, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
As we previously reported, Ora sued the label in Los Angeles Superior Court last December under California Labor Code Section 2855, better known as the “seven-year rule.” She asked to be released from her contract.
“When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist,” the singer’s complaint states. “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. Between Sony’s limited economic return from its orphaned relationship with Roc Nation and Sony’s indirect relationship with Rita, Rita is caught in a political quagmire of dysfunction.”
Roc Nation’s countersuit alleges that Ora has not fulfilled the obligations of her contract by failing to deliver promised albums.
The label signed her in 2008 when she was 18. Since then it “has tirelessly promoted [her] career, investing millions of dollars in marketing, recording and other costs, which was instrumental in guiding Ms. Ora to her current level of success and fame,” the suit states.
Ora’s attorney, Howard King, told Page Six that his client and Jay Z are currently working on an agreement that will release her from the contract.
“Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalized,” he said. “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 should find out soon how this gets resolved.