You neglected me, Rita Ora tells Jay Z
Published on: December 18, 2015 05:47 (EAT)
British singer and X-Factor judge, Rita Ora has taken Jay Z to court for neglecting her. She approached the Los Angeles Superior court on Thursday seeking to end her deal with Roc Nation, the record stable that Jay Z owns. Ora is taking the superstar rapper to court citing that the label is neglecting its musical acts in favor of sports figures. US Weekly reports that Ora, 25, asserted in the lawsuit that Roc Nation began neglecting its musical clients, including herself, after it began to work in sports management. According to the lawsuit: “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,” read the documents. Ora, who claims she feels “orphaned” by Roc City, complained that she had to participate in “self-funding her promotional television appearances, recording costs and video projects”. The complaint also reads, “Between Sony’s limited economic return from its orphaned relationship with Roc Nation and Sony’s indirect relationship with Rita, Rita is caught in a political quagmire of dysfunction”. Rita Ora is now citing the American ‘Seven Year Rule’ which focuses on labor disputes. (It is technically known as the California Labor Code Section 2855, which mandates that courts cannot enforce a contract if the talent has given seven years of actual service.) Ever since he signed her into his recording label, Roc Nation 7 years ago, she has only recorded one studio album, titled Ora. According to the british singer’s representatives, she feels that he is not doing enough to push her career and now she wants the label to free her to move to other endeavors. Roc Nation has yet to comment on the issue. In 2012, Ora released her first studio album and it debuted at No. 1 in the UK. With three consecutive singles reaching the No. 1 spot on UK charts, Ora had the most hit singles in 2012 on the UK Singles Chart. During the same year, she became a guest judge for the London auditions on the ninth series of the X-Factor. Two years later, Ora became a coach on UK’s The Voice, and in 2015, she became a judge on X-Factor‘s 12th season. Ora has also dabbled in acting, including a 2014 guest role on 90210 and roles in the films Southpaw and Fast and Furious 6. She also appeared as Mia Grey, the adopted sister of Christian Grey, in the film Fifty Shades of Grey. She is slated to appear again in the film’s sequel, Fifty Shades Darker.