Roc Nation Countersues Rita Ora

Published: Monday 1st Feb 2016 by Sam

Rita Ora hit headlines last December when she sued for her release from longtime label Roc Nation.

As widely reported, the London bred star (who has 5 UK #1’s and  1 US top 5 to her name) has been signed to the Jay Z helmed imprint since 2009 – and after much ado finally looked set to release her first Stateside album early this year.

However, said plans were dashed into disarray after the filing of her suit – which argued that she was essentially self-funding her releases as the label were focussing on other ventures (see: TIDAL, Roc Nation Sports).

In the months since, little else had been divulged, with fans left speculating the status of the case after Ora was immediately removed from the roster page on the Roc site.

Today, though, things seem to have taken an ugly turn…

Via Page Six:

Jay​ ​Z‘s music label is suing his former ​protégé Rita Ora for breaking her recording contract and failing to deliver promised albums.

The $2.4 million Manhattan civil suit filed by Roc Nation comes just six weeks after Ora sued the label in California, claiming record execs pushed her aside when they started representing professional athletes.

In the new suit, Roc Nation counters that it’s spent over $2 million developing and marketing the British pop singer’s still-unreleased second album.

The label says the ​British ​​”​X Factor​”​ judge was supposed to deliver a total of five albums when she signed with Roc Nation in 2008, but has only put out one.

Roc Nation says it scooped up Ora, 25, when she was an “unknown singer” and “has tirelessly promoted [her] career, investing millions of dollars in marketing, recording and other costs, which was instrumental in guiding Ms. Ora to her current level of success and fame.”

The Los Angeles suit is still pending. Roc Nation says it filed the countersuit in Manhattan because Ora’s contact specifies that any litigation between the parties must take place in New York.

Ora’s attorney, Howard King, said, “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalized.

“We believe that Roc Nation’s distributor, Sony Music, has required Roc Nation to file this action to preserve whatever rights Sony might have pending resolution,” King said.


It seems like a relatively complex case, with many layers.

Here’s hoping for a speedy resolve that works for all.

Tidbit: For what it’s worth, Rita was never managed by Roc Nation, She is (and has always been) signed to Turn First (home to Iggy Azalea and now Zayn Malik). It’s unknown which of her many deals were brokered by management vs how many were initiated by Roc Nation (her label).

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  1. HailBeysus February 1, 2016

    Ha! Serves this h** right! Don’t bite the hand that feed you!

    • maurice February 1, 2016

      Roc Nation better drag this socialite through the mud.
      Put a nail in the coffin. Her career is dead… ghostbuster!
      That’s why she mad, that’s why she mad mad mad.

    • You tried February 1, 2016

      Rita hang it up! The chick got money though and she’s about to hand over a few Million! Her career that was none existent before is like Casper the Ghost now!

  2. Hur February 1, 2016

    Remember when TGJ tried to make Rita Happen? Well she’s still hasn’t “Happened”

  3. jec2 February 1, 2016

    Can this litigation please hold her music career in limbo forever?

  4. LB February 1, 2016

    Over $2 million relentlessly promoting and marketing her and her unreleased 5 albums and she decided to be a socialite instead.

    Like I said last time, Roc Nation did literally EVERYTHING for Rita, she was literally EVERYWHERE, even where she was not wanted.

    Her lawsuit to me was more of her sensing that she was about to get dropped after Body on me did not perform.

  5. RASHAD February 1, 2016

    Poor Rita. Hoesntly they should have NEVER signed her. She is like a perfect mix of Beyonce & Rihanna when it comes to her looks. Why even sign an artist who looks like the 2 biggest names in music? More importantly her sound is basic as hell & performances are even more bland. She just needs to continue to use her name to get hosting & modeling gigs.

    Rita always came off as a person who enjoyed being a celebrity more than an actual artist. However with this case and the facts that are coming to life she may have just gotten the scraps/leftovers either way Rita was never going to happened at least not here in America!

    • Dev February 1, 2016

      She looks nothing like a perfect mix of Beyonce & Rihanna. Cheek!

  6. LB February 1, 2016

    By the way Sam, why didn;t you post about her naked Lui cover?

  7. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig February 1, 2016

    Dang, the hœ was signed with them for damn-near 10 years and only put out one album in the UK, and none in the US. Polydor might offer her a UK deal based on the merit of her having 5 UK hits, but the rest of the world will pay her the dust she deserves. And DON’T even think about trying me today david with your random accounts… I’m finna scalp you and your BFFN rita oral.

    • Queen Ora February 1, 2016

      Pressed b****

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig February 1, 2016

        David I baited you and came straight to it like the thirst thrifty bissh you are. Every1 is dragging Oral B in this comment section, and YET you’re on my d*ck and in my reply box. Enjoy the ride, you jizz-eating slüt 😆

  8. Tyler Makiavelli February 1, 2016

    Kiii these past few weeks in music have been PURE COMEDY. So much tea spillage

  9. LmfaoHoe February 1, 2016

    Smh this is an example of when you don’t read between the lines (contract) and not set your priorities in order (music, studio, video, and of course tour) if it wasn’t for Iggy honestly I would’ve never knew who Ora is at least not important really. And like someone said, obviously Jay must a though with her looks resembling Bey and Riri she may be a huge artist like them but unfortunately she is not. Her image and overall doesn’t attract me like Bey and Riri do especially musically.

  10. Barb-wire February 1, 2016

    Hopefully after she gets sued for every penny she can disappear off of the face of the earth, it’s not like anyone uses her.

  11. xedos February 1, 2016

    Spend too much time been a socialite instead of putting out music. If you don’t give the label the music what are they to promote? It seems she wants roc nation to promote her socialite lifestyle instead of music. A label cannot be spending money promoting you when they don’t know if you will deliver an album.

  12. Jamie February 1, 2016

    I mean is she that bad in bed? Wow!!!!

    Sam better be like no backsies when they come for that

  13. xedos February 1, 2016

    This girl been with roc nation and only one album .Rihanna put out 7 albums in the same time.this show the patience roc nation had with this girl

  14. Humble Christian woman February 1, 2016

    Who is she?

  15. Dev February 1, 2016

    Ora’s attorney, Howard King, said, “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalised.

    I’m guessing that she’ll be signed by Syco, Sony directly or be picked up by another label asap especially as she’s still talking about the album in the current or maybe she’ll start her won label and get a distribution deal (she’s in a good position)
    I cannot stand Ora (what i know of her) and her music but she’ll probably do well

  16. What now February 1, 2016

    SCREAMING! TGJ dragged Riri over Anti’s release and kept trying to push this wannabe down our throats in return. They bet that Rita’s still delayed album was going to be released before Anti and now look at this rotten pusśy thot. KIII *In my Beyoncé voice* How you wake up this morning Rita? Rita, “LABELESS!”

  17. .:: Centurion ::. February 1, 2016

    Good luck Rita.

  18. February 1, 2016

    i hope no one is surprise by this, i tould y’all this was going to get nasty real real quick, when Rita but the first shot.

  19. Kev February 1, 2016

    As some email address seem to be moderated automatically..

    Now, If Jay wasn’t so afraid of dark skinned girls he should’ve signed Alexandra Burke to a US deal and worked with her on a US Debut, especially as he sang so beautifully with his wife. But instead he signed this ungrateful heifer. Her second album would’ve been out if she didn’t annoy another ex and claim she had written a song she didn’t.

  20. Carry On February 1, 2016

    Rita was signed because of her looks and whatever else. I’m starting to think the same with Rihanna because Rihanna was getting pushed back with her music and now she is getting pushed forward with Samsung. Rihanna is s***, Beyoncé is cute too, Rita is retro trashy. I don’t know it’s like a Rih (se), Beyoncé (c), Rita (ret)…..S-e-c-r-e-t. So, just carry on.

  21. King Mark111 /.\ February 1, 2016

    A bad week for any Rihanna hater. Ciara better take that one ticket anywhere out of space, just to be safe.

    • FC/JC February 1, 2016

      Ciara is unbothered and chillin in Hawaii with her man hunny…. I swear she stay on the Gayvees mind!

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