Two years after settling her legal battle with Roc Nation, Rita Ora is accusing her former record label of discrimination.
In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, the British singer claims Jay-Z’s label discriminated against her because she’s a woman.
“I want to find the right word here, and maybe this is my interpretation, but I do feel I got discriminated against because I was a woman,” Ora said. “I almost felt — maybe this is just my interpretation — I could have had a better chance if I’d been male.”
She does go on to say her split with Roc Nation was amicable; and upon running into Jay-Z and label president Jay Brown, they “were very cordial” in greeting her.
Ora sued Roc Nation back in 2015, claiming the company has help up her career. “When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist,” the complaint stated. “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.”
Roc Nation ultimately countersued a few months later, before both sides ultimately reached a settlement.
In June 2016, Ora signed with Atlantic Records and has released a number of singles since, but she has yet to release her long-delayed sophomore album.
Ora is currently prepping a new single called “Girls,” featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, and Charli XCX.