Rita Ora sued Roc Nation late last year to get off Jay Z’s “sinking ship” because, according to court docs, Roc Nation was too busy with its other ventures to focus on her career. Now the label is firing back by countersuing the British singer for $2.4 million.
Contrary to what Rita claims in her lawsuit, Roc Nation says they tried to help the “R.I.P” singer achieve success by sinking $2 million in developing and marketing her phantom second album.
Roc Nation says it scooped up Ora, 25, when she was 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. (Page Six)
What’s interesting is Rita’s attorney, Howard King, says “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation,” but they think it’s Roc Nation’s distributor, Sony Music, that’s making things messier than they need to be. “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,” Page Six quotes King as saying.
(Via Page Six)