Rita Ora sues to try to break free from contract with Jay Z’s record label

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Rita Ora is suing Jay-Z’s record label in a bid to end her contract.

The singer has only had one album out since 2012 despite reportedly having made several albums to release, and has claimed that changes within the company have meant she has been sidelined as the label’s focus has shifted to sports management and the Tidal streaming service.

The British pop star and X Factor judge has filed a lawsuit over a violation of California’s “seven-year rule” and claims that a recording contract she signed in 2008 when she was 18 is “unenforceable”.The 25-year-old singer signed to the record label in 2008 but has only released one album since then, and says the company’s change in direction led to her being forgotten about. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the complaint states: ‘When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist. ‘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 ‘seven year rule’ was one employed by actress Olivia De Haviland in 1944 in a successful bid to end her contract with Warner Bros. studios, which helped lead to the end of the movie studio era.

Fortunately for Rita, the California legislature had the foresight to protect its artists from the sorts of vicissitudes she’s experienced with Roc Nation.’

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