British singer Rita Ora has filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation declaring that the contract she signed with the label when she was 18 violates California law and is unenforceable. According to Billboard, Jay Z’s label took on new clients and interests that diverted attention from her career.
Rita Ora complained saying; when she sealed a contract with the label, its senior executives were very much involved with her as an artist but as time passed on, the labels interest started diversifying with fewer resources available. The company however suffered a revolving door of executives, leaving her with no supporters or relationships with anyone in the company.
Ora further claimed that Roc Nation moved its distribution services from Sony to Universal two years ago, but that she and her career still fall under Sony’s purview. Rita’s relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged. Fortunately for Rita, the California legislature had the foresight to protect its artists from the sorts of vicissitudes she’s experienced with Roc Nation.
All hope is not lost for Ora as she is attempting to use California’s Labour Code 2855 popularly known as the Seven Year Rule. The rule has favored several artistes and celebrities when claiming they could no longer be subjected to contracts for “personal services” that they had signed seven years earlier.