After years of what has to be considered a failed attempt to break Rita Ora into the American mainstream, the British star isn’t feeling the love over at Roc Nation any more.
In a complaint filed Thursday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court, Ora claims that the contract that she signed with Jay Z’s company in 2008 violates California law and is therefore not a viable one, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although it's pretty clear that is a legal loophole covering up a more fundamental problem.
In the complaint, Ora’s issues with her label are spelled out a bit more clearly:
"When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist," the 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."
The complaint also points to California Labor Code §2855, which places a seven year time period on contracts artists sign within the state and has been around since 1944. The complaint points to the diversification of Jay Z's company and interests as a direct reason for Ora's lack of forward movement, saying that Roc Nation's myriad pursuits caused her to be overlooked and underfunded.
This is a tale as old as the modern music industry. I definitely feel Ora for being upset at the lack of push she’s gotten from the Roc, and seeing all the success spring up around her in the seven years since her signing has to be a needle in her side. However, I can’t say I see eye-to-eye on the fact that it was Roc Nation’s fault she didn’t take off.
The singer-model-actress has only released one project, Ora, in 2012, and while she has definitely not received the same attention as labelmates like J. Cole, Rihanna and the newly-signed Vic Mensa, is that because Roc Nation dropped the ball or could she just never make herself a priority? As always, the truth likely lies somewhere in the middle.
It's now up to the courts to decide if she can get out of her contract, but regardless, it's clear that her time at Roc Nation is over.