Rita Ora Leaves Roc Nation
[EYES AND VOICE] She was once described as ‘Jay Z’s protégé’. Even at one point she was rumoured to have been secretly having affair with her boss (now former boss), Jay Z.
Since the news broke few weeks ago that Rita Ora has sued her record label; Roc Nation, owned by entertainment mogul Jay Z, Eyes and Voice has been following the stories closely.
According to EyesandVoice sources, Rita Ora and Roc Nation have now parted ways.
If you go on Roc Nation official site (rocnation.com) and their artist/management page, Rita’s name is no longer listed as one of the artist signed to the company.
Her name was on the label’s artist and management list a few weeks ago.
Ora’s lawsuit against Roc Nation, says she was seeking release from the label and citing that the contract she signed in 2008 is “unenforceable”, due to California’s “seven-year rule.”
About 2, 3 weeks ago, the story broke that Rita Ora has sued Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, because she ‘no longer has a relationship with anyone’ at the label.
Ora, now 25, signed to Roc Nation in 2008 on a 7 year deal with an option of extension.
Since signing, Rita has released 2 albums.
In the lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles court, it states that: “Roc Nation’s initial support for Rita waned as it diverted its focus from a record label business into other ventures, launching various endeavors including a sports management firm and agency and the Tidal Music streaming service,
“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 lawsuit also calls Roc Nation a “diminished” record label with “only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage superstar artists”.
It says: “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.”
Seven years on from signing to Roc Nation, Ora is using Labour Code (§2855) known as the Seven Year Rule to try to leave the label.
EyesandVoice.com is following this story closely and we will keep you updated as it unfolds.
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