December 18, 2015


Rita Ora Wants Out of Roc Nation, Files Lawsuit Saying She Was 'Orphaned'

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Rita Ora wants out of her deal with Roc Nation, filing a complaint on Thursday (Dec. 17) in Los Angeles Superior Court in which she hopes to prove that her current recording contract with Jay Z's label violates California law.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the U.K. singer alleges that she was "orphaned" from Roc Nation after signing a deal at the age of 18 in 2008 and watching the label move on to sports management, streaming platforms and other endeavors. Ora, who has never released an album in the U.S., is citing California's "seven-year rule" law (California Labor Code 2855) on personal service contracts as the reason she is allowed to break her contract with Roc Nation.

"Rita's relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged," states the complaint, from attorney Howard King. "Fortunately for Rita, the California legislature had the foresight to protect its artists from the sorts of vicissitudes she's experienced with Roc Nation."

Ora is a chart-topping artist in the U.K, having recently coached on the British version of The Voice. Last year, she scored a Top 10 hit as a featured artist on Iggy Azalea's single "Black Widow."