Rita Ora Settles Contract Dispute With Jay Z’s Roc Nation – Report
Rita Ora appears to have settled a $2.4 million lawsuit filed against her by bosses at Jay Z’s Roc Nation record label. The music executives sued the “Radioactive” singer last year for breaking her recording contract and failing to deliver the albums she was supposed to produce for them.
The suit came just weeks after the singer filed her own papers in California, claiming company bosses had lost their focus on her, putting the welfare and future of professional athletes and other ventures, like Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal, ahead of her music career. Lawyers representing Roc Nation submitted papers in New York, claiming the company spent more than $2 million on marketing and development for the star’s second album, which is still unreleased. Since signing with the label in 2008, Ora has only released one record, 2012’s Ora, and the label bosses claim the star was supposed to release five albums under her contract. In an attempt to break away from Roc Nation in 2015, Ora requested a declaratory judgment, claiming the contract she signed in 2008 at the age of 18 was unenforceable and violates California law. But now it looks like the contract controversy is finally over. A new document filed on the New York Supreme Court’s website appears to show Ora and Jay Z’s partners have settled their suits out of court, and now she’s free to sign a new deal. Ora hinted she was about to do just that in a Snapchat post over the weekend. She uploaded a photo of a pile of papers covered with flowers and added the caption: “Contract time!!”