With her lawsuit against Roc Nation still pending, British pop artist Rita Ora is now being counter-sued by the Jay Z-owned entertainment company. Allegedly, the brand rejects Ora’s claim that it’s not releasing her music and claims that she simply hasn’t produced as much as her contract demands.
According to Page Six, Roc Nation filed a $2.4 million lawsuit against Ora in New York City, claiming that it spent roughly $2 million developing and marketing the British “X Factor” judge for no reason. Per its 2008 contract with the pop artist, she was to produce five albums with Roc Nation. Since 2012, she hasn't lived up to her end of the bargain, putting out only one of the five albums she was obligated to produce. According to reports, the company says that it nabbed the 25-year-old singer when she was unknown and simply wants to be reimbursed for the money it spent on her. However, the outlet reports that Ora’s lawyer claims that Jay Z personally agreed to release her from her contract with Roc Nation, so this could all be a moot point after some closed-door meetings.
“We believe that Roc Nation’s distributor, Sony Music, has required Roc Nation to file this action,” a statement from the singer’s lawyer reads (via USA Today). “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalized.”
As previously mentioned, the suit comes as a reactionary measure after Ora filed a suit of her own in December 2015 against Roc Nation. Her suit claimed that the entertainment company no longer represented her best interests. She claimed that she produced quite a bit of content for her next album, but that no one at Roc Nation was doing anything with it. According to TMZ.
Ora’s claims are backed up by the fact that she’s released new music since her 2012 self-titled album “Ora” dropped. According to Billboard, the artist has credits on songs “I Will Never Let You Down,” “Poison” and more. In addition to that, she’s been working on successful collaborations with the likes of Chris Brown and Major Lazer, to name a few.