Last year, Rita Ora sued her label, Roc Nation, in an attempt to be released from her contract, citing that it allegedly violates California state law. Today, TMZ is reporting that Jay Z‘s Roc Nation is countersuing Ora for $2.4 million, the money they claim they spent on her campaign since she was signed to the label in 2008.
Both sides have differing accounts of why they’re at odds. According to Ora’s team, she’s submitted music to the label for release and promotion, but they’ve stalled on it, opting instead to invest resources in ventures like Roc Nation Sports and TIDAL, the streaming service Hov launched in March of 2015. However, Roc Nation alleges that they’ve only released one of the five albums they requested from Ora in her contract.
TMZ is also reporting that Howard King, Ora’s attorney, has revealed that Jay Z has agreed to release Ora, and that the suit is just a formality that needed to be put in motion until the details of Ora’s release are final. “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.”