Rita Ora has settled her disputes with Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation, after six months of legal hassle, and is finally ready to release new music under any label of her choice.
Ora who was dragged into the Becky with the new hair fiasco following the release of Beyonce’s Lemonade settled out of court with Jay Z’s record label.
The X Factor judge, 25, filed a lawsuit against Roc Nation in December 2015, claiming she had completed new music for her second album but the label hadn’t released it yet as it was more focused on representing other acts on its platform, Dailymail reports.
Documents filed at the New York Supreme Court showed Roc Nation countersued the 25 year-old for $2.4 million in February, stating the singer had breached the terms of her contract by not giving the label the required number of albums since her duration with them.
Roc Nation claimed it signed Ora back in 2008 when she was unknown before promoting her career as ‘the next big thing’ with investment funds running into millions as well as dolling out more than $2.3million on marketing Ora’s second LP, in return the singer had to deliver 5 albums, but the label says Ora only gave them one album in 2012 – her debut album, Ora.
The aim of Roc Nation’s lawsuit was to get the money back. It seems to have worked for both parties as they settled out of court and Ora is now free to work with any label she likes.
Ora’s attorney, Howard King told Page Six in February that Jay Z had already promised to release Rita from her contract.
King said, “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalized. 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.”
A source told The Sun, “Rita is overjoyed she can finally start discussions with other labels, which have been waiting on this case to be resolved. Once filming wraps on Fifty Shades, she will finalize a new deal and start work on recording her new album. She wants to get back to what she loves. She has a lot of respect for Jay Z and is grateful for everything he has done for her career. This was never a dispute with him.”
Ora has already began working on something new as the singer shared a few snaps from a recording session on Instagram, Monday night.