So, this kind of came out of nowhere.
Rita Ora officially wants out of Roc Nation and she’s filed suit in court to prove it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rita complaint cites Roc Nation’s new endeavors into the streaming service Tidal, clothing, sports management, and other businesses as grounds for termination of her contract. “When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist,” the complaint states. “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 notes California Labor Code §2855 (also known as the “Seven Year Rule”) as grounds for dismissing the contract. The code states that artists cannot be subject to a contract beyond seven years from the beginning of the deal.
The complaint continues to assert: “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.” As of now, there is no official response from Roc Nation.