Rita Ora sues to leave mentor Jay Z's record label

20 December 2015 / 10 months 1 week ago

British singer Rita Ora filed a lawsuit on Thursday to leave Jay Z's company Roc Nation charging that his interests have wandered elsewhere.

The one-time protegee of the rap mogul is popular in her native Britain, where she was a judge on the latest season of The X Factor, but she has not released an album since her 2012 debut.

According to AFP via The Straits Times, Ora said in her lawsuit that she had multiple records she had hoped to release but was hamstrung by her contract with Roc Nation.

She signed with Roc Nation when it was set up in 2008 by Jay Z.

Without naming him directly, Ora said that Jay Z has since turned to other pursuits such as the Tidal music streaming service.

She stated that her contract forbade her from producing music anywhere else and that she was considered under contract with Roc Nation until at least 2019.

The lawsuit said that she should have the right to leave her contract as of yesterday under a longtime California labour code that sets seven years as the maximum amount of time for a contract in which a person cannot change employers.

She has also sought an unspecified amount of compensation from Roc Nation, saying the company would take 20 per cent of her income for performances that were not procured by the firm.

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