Rita Ora‘s legal wrangle with Roc Nation has finally reached a settlement.
As reported, the ‘Body On Me’ belter took the Jay Z imprint to court last December for stifling her music career.
According to docs filed in Los Angeles, the 25-year-old argued that the company’s increasingly diversified business dealings had an adverse affect on the release of her album – which has yet to hit retail.
Her team asserted that the Roc’s move into sports management and its emergence as its own label (under the Universal umbrella) effectively left her – as a Sony Music artist – orphaned. She added that she would regularly finance recording sessions with her own money earned from the various ventures she’s involved in thanks to her management. A separate entity from Roc Nation.
Interestingly, the company slapped a countersuit on Ora – claiming that it is they who are owed money (over $1 million) for their investment in her. A move Ora’s team played down after insisting that Jay Z had personally agreed to grant the singer her release. They added, at the time, that the countersuit was merely a strategic play to cover backs – at both Roc and Sony, who jointly released her music.
Whatever the case, the issue now appears to be resolved.
The following notice has appeared on the website for the US Court:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Plaintiff, Roc Nation LLC, and defendant, Rita Ora, have reached a settlement in the above-captioned action. The parties anticipate filing of the Stipulation of Discontinuance of this action with prejudice within 105 days.
It lends support to reports that the matter has been settled and that Ora is on the cusp of signing a major deal with Warner – home to Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.
Folk often have a lot to say about Rita, but with the mess now mopped up, surely it’s only fair to see what she comes with before judging?
Truth be told, we’ve always wondered how viable it was ever going to be for her to blow with a company that housed a name she was compared to endlessly.
Now, at least, she’s afforded a blank slate and a team whose job it’ll be to ensure she shines without worrying about how to not make her conflict with Roc’s prized ‘Diamond.’
In any case, we’re buzzed. Are you?