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Rita Ora Sues Jay Z's Roc Nation

By HHL Editors

We haven't been hearing that much from Rita Ora lately. Other than the slander of her in A$AP Rocky's bars.

Ora thinks that's because Jay Z and Roc Nation started ignoring her career when Roc started repping athletes.

So she's suing to get out of the 11 year contract she signed with Hov's label in 2008.

In doing so, she's citing California's "seven year" labor rule, which forbids personal service contracts of more than seven years.

It's not a slam dunk that she wins. There can provisions for recording artists based on the number of albums they've released, and Ora's only dropped her self titled 2012 debut during her seven years at Roc.

That's where her argument that Hov is ignoring her and focusing on athletes (and streaming music) comes in.

"As Roc Nation's interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. 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 complaint reads. "Rita's relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged. Fortunately for Rita, the California legislature had the foresight to protect its artists from the sorts of vicissitudes she's experienced with Roc Nation."
The complaint also calls Roc Nation a "diminished" record label with "only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage superstar artists."

Neither Jay Z or Roc has commented on the suit.

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