After struggling to get her album released in the U.S., Rita Ora is suing her label Roc Nation, claiming the company has held up her career.
According to Billboard, a complaint was filed in Los Angeles on Thursday (Dec. 17), in which the singer claims Roc Nation left her on the back burner, when it shifted its focus to sports management, among other endeavors.
“When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist,” the complaint reads. “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 singer released his debut album, Ora, in the U.K. back in 2012. She signed to Roc Nation in 2008, and cites California’s “seven year rule” that ends personal service contracts… in an effort to be released from her contract.
Ora also claims she’s been “self-funding her promotional television appearances, recording costs, and video projects” ever since.
“Rita’s relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged,” it reads. “Fortunately for Rita, the California legislature had the foresight to protect its artists from the sorts of vicissitudes she’s experienced with Roc Nation.”