Rita Ora Sues Jay Z’s Roc Nation: Is Rihanna To Blame?

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It was reported that Rita Ora sued Jay Z and his Roc Nation label because she only released one album since she signed her contract in 2008.

Now Rihanna is being blamed for causing the court drama and for ruining Rita Ora’s career. According to a report in the U.K. tabloid the Sun, Rihanna used her power and her relationship with Jay to make sure that Ora’s career never happened. The report also claims that Roc Nation would give potential hit songs and tracks to Rihanna first, which of course Ora didn’t find too fair.

“Rihanna has never liked Rita and has been using her power at Roc Nation accordingly. This is the main reason the label’s execs have been uninterested in putting effort into promoting Rita. Songs that might be submitted to her are automatically given to Rihanna, who may then hold them for months before deciding she doesn’t want them.”

There have been whispers that Rihanna is not a huge fan of Rita Ora. Back in May, it rumors swirled that RiRi banned Ora from her Met Gala after-party at the Up & Down club in New York.

“She has a real issue with Rita and this was her chance for revenge. She made it clear when organizing her party that Rita was not to gatecrash under any circumstances.”

It was also rumored that Rihanna was fuming mad after she discovered that Ora collaborated with Chris Brown for their sexually-charged music video for “Body On Me” this past summer.

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The insider also told the Sun that Ora’s ex Calvin Harris wrote a series of hit songs for her but has prevented her from releasing them. The DJ also banned Ora from performing their track “I Will Never Let You Down” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. The British popstar told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show why she was a no show at the award ceremony.

“For anybody who doesn’t understand how it works, he wrote and produced the song. So he has to approve anything TV-wise for anybody who doesn’t get it. And obviously he owns the rights to it and he didn’t approve the Teen Choice Awards.”

Calvin took to Twitter to address those accusations. He told the fans that they only heard one side of the story and that he had a good reason as to why he banned Rita from performing the song at the Teen Choice Awards. Unfortunately for her, Calvin is also signed onto Roc Nation, giving him more power over her, and the company failed to intervene when the couple disputed over the song.

“The fact that Rita’s ex Calvin Harris is on their management books hasn’t helped either. He is one of their highest earners, and they did nothing to stop him when he blocked Rita from using songs that he had written on her album.”

Rita Ora signed onto Roc Nation after she flew out to meet Jay Z in New York, when she was just 18 years old. But she has grown frustrated that the label has done little to promote or boost her faltering music career. She claims that she’s been “orphaned” once they expanded into Roc Nation’s sports agency and Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal.

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In the papers filed to L.A.’s Superior Court on Thursday, Dec. 17, Ora described her relationship with the record label as “irrevocably damaged.” The lawsuit claims that her contract violates California’s “seven-year rule,” a section of the state’s labor code that explains a court cannot enforce contract on an artist seven calendar years from when the deal began.

What are your thoughts on Rita Ora’s lawsuit? Do you think she has a case? Do you think that Rihanna sabotaged her career? Sound off below in the comments section.

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