Jay Z’s record label ‘Roc Nation’ is suing singer Rita Ora for £1.6m, after she broke her contract and failed to produce albums that she had promised.
The civil lawsuit has been filed in New York just six weeks after the British musician sued ‘Roc Nation’ in Los Angeles. Rita Ora claims that executives within the label shunned her and that the agreement she signed in 2008, at the tender age of 18, violated California law.
‘Roc Nation’ has declared that it has spent $2.4m on the 25-year-old, the label also claim that 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 X Factor judge has only released one album with the label, which was her self-titled debut in 2012. A second album has failed to materialise, despite Ora reportedly signing a five-album deal.
Her debut album ‘Ora’ was a UK No.1 and featured two UK No.1 singles, including ‘RIP’ and ‘How We Do’. In 2013 she revealed that she had been working with Dev Hynes on her second album. But despite releasing a series of hit singles apparently from those sessions including No.1 hit ‘I Will Never Let You Down’, no second album has appeared.
Ora’s lawyer, Howard E King, has stated “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalised. 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”.
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