Just six weeks after Roc Nation artist Rita Ora filed a lawsuit against the label, Roc Nation is fighting back filing a counter suit against Ora for breach of contract.
Roc Nation, which is owned by Jay Z, claims that Ora did not fulfill her five album deal since signing with the label in 2008, only having released her 2012 debut album Ora. The label is suing Ora for $2.4 million, stating that they paid her over $2 million on marketing and developing her second album, which has yet to be released.
Rita filed her lawsuit after shifts in executives at Roc Nation left her feeling neglected at the label. “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.” Ora’s suit stated.
However Jay Z and Ora have been in talks to come to an amicable agreement. “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalized,” Ora’s attorney Howard King stated. “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.”