Rita Ora Explains Why She Left Jay-Z’s Roc Nation
The 26-year-old pop star turned actress and TV host, whose only album “Ora” came out in 2012, had a legal battle with Roc Nation in 2015. At the time, she claimed she’d been neglected and demanded to be released from her contract.
They countered with a $2.3m lawsuit saying she hadn’t produced enough albums. When asked how she felt after the legal battle, she says:
I lost a lot of confidence in myself. I thought: ‘What am I going to do?’ It felt like the worst thing. But it was the only decision I could make. My appreciation and respect for them hasn’t changed at all.
Explaining why she sought to escape Roc Nation, she explains:
I wanted a change of spirit, I wanted a fresh start. They [understood that]! And that’s why it was an easy separation. It could have been bad, but it was very respectful. It was one of the easiest separations ever.
But she added:
I can’t go into crazy political details obviously, for … reasons. But it was easy. Amazing.
Rita’s second album is set to be released in March 2018.