Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesJay Z‘s Roc Nation is countersuing Rita Ora in response to a a lawsuit the singer filed a little over a month ago seeking a split from the entertainment company, according to legal documents obtained by Rolling Stone magazine.
The singer, 25, had claimed that since signing to the hip-hop mogul’s company when she was 18 years old, the record label had “orphaned” her as the rapper turned his attention elsewhere.
In the countersuit, however, Roc Nation alleges, among other things, that Ora had breached her contract when she failed to deliver the five albums agreed upon to the company. It is seeking $2.3 million from the singer.
Roc Nation claims that, so far, it has spent $2,353,500 on the promotion of her yet-to-be-released sophomore LP.
Ora had invoked California’s “seven-year rule” in her lawsuit, which limits personal services contracts to lasting seven years. Roc Nation acknowledges that rule in its countersuit but claims that it’s entitled to recover the money it spent on promoting the unreleased album.
Beyond the $2 million figure, the company claims the singer owes “marketing/recording costs, advances, lost profits and significant time and money invested in [her] career,” the amount of which is to be decided by a judge.
Roc Nation is also seeking to have the lawsuit moved to New York, where the seven-year rule does not apply. It claims Ora’s recording contract stipulated on New York being the venue for contract disputes.
In a statement, Ora’s lawyer, Howard King, claims that despite the Roc Nation suit, “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,” adds King.
Ora released her debut album, Ora, in 2012.
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