Rita Ora Explains Why She Left Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

Rita Ora Explains Why She Left Jay-Z's Roc Nation

Jay-Z & Rita Ora

Rita Ora Explains Why She Left Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

Rita Ora is opening up about her court battle with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label that left her unable to make an album for five years.

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.

Jay Z, Rita Ora

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.


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Authored by: Kellie Williams