Rita Ora Hit With $2.4 Million Countersuit from Jay Z’s Roc Nation
It looks like Rita Ora will have a legal fight on her hands with Roc Nation. Jay Z’s record label has filed a $2.4 million countersuit against the British songbird who is desperately wants to leave the house that Hov built.
As we previously reported, the “I Will Never Let You Down” singer sued Roc Nation last October, claiming that Jay's label can no longer promote her as an artist because they are now focusing on sports management and other endeavors.
According to the Page Six, Roc Nation claims in their countersuit that they have spent over $2 million developing and marketing Ora's second album, which still hasn't been released. The label maintains that they discovered the 25-year-old singer when she was an unknown and "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 "R.I.P." singer is still signed with the Roc under a five-album deal but only produced one LP so far, the label contends. For the record, her 2012 debut, Ora, sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide.
However, Ora's attorney, Howard E. King of King, Holmes, Paterno and Berliner, LLP, told Billboard that Roc Nation had to file the counterclaim or lose any standing in the case. He maintains that his client and Roc Nation are working on a settlement. "We're in the process of finalizing those details," he said. "[Jay Z] could not have been more gracious."
Attorneys for both Rita Ora and Roc Nation had no comment on the matter.