Jay Z‘s Roc Nation is suing Rita Ora for breach of her 2008 recording contract and failing to deliver four of the promised five albums in the deal
The $2.4 million Manhattan civil suit filed by Roc Nation comes just six weeks after Ora herself sued the company in California, claiming executives had ‘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 saying it took Ora from 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.