Roc Nation Launches $2.3 Million Counter Suit Against Rita Ora

 
After signing a five album contract with Roc Nation in 2008 Rita Ora filed a lawsuit against the label in December 2015, citing to have been ‘orphaned’ due to the label’s other huskiness endeavours. 

Jay Z called the singer – songwriter after the lawsuit was filed and agreed to relieve Ora from her contract. However, the rapper turned businessman filed a counter suit of $2.3 million, which according to Roc Nation, was invested in marketing her sophomore album. 

“Roc Nation’s market and recording costs, to date, for Ms. Ora’s still incomplete second album are not less than $2, 353, 500,” the lawsuit states.

The complaint, which was filed in a L.A. Superior Court, states: “When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an interest. 

“As Roc Nation’s interests diversified, there were fewer resources available, and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita’s remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company.” 

Ora’s lawyer, Howard King, told The New York Daily News, he hopes to reach a settlement prior to the April 19 hearing deadline.

Taking to Daily News Monday, King said, “I think we’re just going to resolved  this. He said he’s happy to let her go. He called her the day after he filed and graciously said she didn’t need to file.

“I’m paraphrasing, but he said, ‘if you want off the label, we’ll let you go.'”

The lawyer also claims to believe Roc Nation’s new counter – lawsuit was filed ‘reluctantly’.

Jay Z Sued For More Than $18 Million For His Own Fragance

 

According to New York Daily News, Jay Z is reportedly being sued more than $18 million after Parlex Fragances, the company who created his scent Gold Jay Z, filed a lawsuit against him. The company filed the lawsuit against the rapper turned business mogul on Tuesday in the Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming the 46 – year – old failed to promote his own signature fragrance. 

The New York Daily News, also reported the musician – whose real is Shawn Carter – was expected to make at least six promotional appearances including an appearance on Good Morning America, an in – store appearance at Macy’s and an exclusive interview with Women’s Wear Daily. 

According to court documents, snow the fragance’s release in October 2013, Jay Z had made no appearances as such. The papers also revealed while he did not show much interest promoting the fragrance, he liked the design of the elegant designed bottle.  The company also pointed out, he also failed to do any social media posts about the product. 

In the documents, Parlux Fragrances lawyer, Anthony Viola, stated the company worked with Jacob the Jeweler to create five prototype bottles which all had solid gold caps and on the exterior, costing a staggering $20,000 each. 

He said: “Mr. Carter rejected all of them and kept the prototype.”

The documents also claim, Jay Z also kept his guaranteed $2 million up – front royalty fee.

Parlex Fragance have revealed the perfume received great success at first but have alleged, Jay Z’s lack of support saw the interest in the product drop.

The company has also accused the rapper of not developing a follow up scent to keep fans interested. They are demanding the court make Jay Z pay back the $2 million up front royalty and give back the $300,000 shares, void their contract and at least $18 million in damages. 

Jay Z Disses His Competitors With A Freestyle During Tidal Concert

Jay Z threw the first of two B-sides concerts at Terminal 5 in New York City, exclusively attended by Tidal subscribers. Hov performed rare tracks from his extended catalogue, paying tribute to Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray.

During the show, Jay Z did an impromptu freestyle throwing jabs at YouTube, Spotify, and Apple; his new streaming competitors. In his freestyle Hov mentioned how in his effort to bring Tidal to an accomplishment, passing on offers from both Pharrell and Jimmy Lovine.

Throughout the concert, the rapper brought out several special guests including Jay Electronica, Young Jeezy, Memphis Bleek, and Beanie Sigel. He went on to pay tribute to the late B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix.

Here’s the full lyrics to the freestyle via MTV:

“I don’t need no middlemen to talk to my n—-s / I understand if you don’t understand I figure my n—-a / That’s where we differ / I take what’s mine you accept what they give you / I get you/  I don’t take no checks / I take my respect / Pharrell even told me “Go with the best bet” / Jimmy Iovine offered the safety net / Google came around with a crazy check / I feel like YouTube is the culp-a-rit /. N—-s pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get / You know n—a die for equal pay, right? You know what i’m worth / I ain’t your slave right / You know i aint shucking and jivin’ and high fivin’ / You know this ain’t back in the days right / But i can’t tell by the way they kill Freddie Gray right / Shot down / Mike Brown / Like the way they did Tray right? / Y’all gone’ keep choking’ n—-s / we gon’ turn style / I ain’t your token n—a / You know i came in this game independent right / Tidal / My own label / same difference / Oh n—-s is skeptical of they own shit / You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich / Phil Knight worth trillions you still bought those kicks / Spotify’s nine billion and they ain’t say shit / ‘Lucyyy you got some splainin’ to do’ / The only one they hatin’ on look the same as you / That’s cool / I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you / Spending billions on meryin’ to confusin you / I had to tell myself “Hov, get used to it” / It’s politics as usual.”

Watch Jay Z’s freestyle below:

Woman Creates Petition To Get Beyoncé And Jay Z To Comb Their Daughter Blue Ivy’s Hair

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A New York woman has created a petition against musicians Jay Z and Beyoncé for what she says is not taking good care of their daughter, Blue Ivy’s hair. The alleged creator of the online petition on Change.org has been identified as Jasmine Toliver.

On the petition page which has been entitled ‘Comb Her Hair’, Toliver claims that Blue Ivy has developed ‘lint balls’ and ‘matted dreadlocks’ in her hair due to improper care.

She wrote on the petition page: “As a woman who understands the importance of hair care. It’s disturbing to watch a child suffering from the lack of hair moisture. The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter A.K.A Jay-Z and Beyoncé has failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy Hair.”

Since the creation the petition has garnered over 3,000 signatures and despite criticism its creator apparently took to her Facebook page to defend herself, downplaying it as a ‘joke’.

Toliver wrote: “My joke took off anything I guess with ‘sign a petition’ is funny. If I would’ve said ‘sign a petition to save Lebron James hairline’ that would’ve took off (too)! It’s a clever joke! Nobody came up with before.”

She continued. “My hair (looks) like blue ivy right now except its moisturized and detangled.”

“Yes I’m natural! Have a seat to most people. I can care less about Beyoncé or (Jay Z) but I do care for the kids hair. People make nothing out of something. I love being black! I’m proud my bloodline runs from Africa. I’m proud of my own tightly coiled kinks. I’m proud of my big lips and brown skin. People just need to (breathe) and chill out.”

Several natural hair experts have been less then entertained to Toliver’s ‘joke’ of an explanation. Stylist and owner of Hair Rules salon Anthony Dicket said: “That’s insane to think that her hair, as a child – a toddler – is supposed to fit into a standard of beauty, that’s acceptable for who? That’s the big question. Who cares? We’re talking about a child here, and we’re going to now implement a standard of beauty for children?”

“She’s a child with natural hair — what texture other than natural would you expect a child to be?”

Dickey added: “I think she’s a pretty little girl. She doesn’t have naturally straight hair, she has natural curly hair, and it has the right and free will to go in any direction that it chooses, and to think it should do anything else – you would be suggesting a standard of beauty that is supposed to be imposed on a toddler, and that’s insane.”

The petition appears to have started after photos emerged online of the two – year – old’s hair looking a little wild whilst she was in the Hamptons with her parents over the weekend.

 

Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna Join Wonder’s Florida Boycott Following George Zimmerman Verdict

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According to reports, some of the music industry’s biggest artists have joined Stevie Wonder in boycotting Florida over the state’s controversial ‘stand your ground’ law.

The acts that have started joining Wonder include Justin Timberlake, Usher, Rod Stewart and Madonna, as a source close to the legendary musician revealed to American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan.

Rappers Jay Z, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Wale and Trey Songz have also signed on to the boycott threat as well as pop acts including R. Kelly, Rihanna and Alicia Keys.

After a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of a second – degree murder charges restricting from the death of Trayvon Martin, Wonder announced his intentional boycott the day after it was announced and hit the headlines worldwide through countless media outlets.

The singer said: “I decided today that until the ‘stand your ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.

“For those that we have lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back.”

He continued: “[What] we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.”

Several musicians have also gestured their support for Martin: Beyonce held a moment of silence during a concert in Nashville, Tennessee and sang the song I Will Always Love You, originally written and sung by Dolly Parton and bought to a global audience by the late Whitney Houston. The singer also met Martin’s parents during a rally in New York City along with husband Jay Z. Bruce Springsteen also dedicated a song to ‘justice for Trayvon Martin’ during a concert in Limerick, Ireland.

The ‘stand your ground’ self-defence laws in Florida and two dozen other states allow individuals to defend themselves without requiring them to attempt to avoid or retreat from a dangerous situation. Even though Zimmerman did not specifically employ a “stand your ground” law defence to fight second-degree murder charges in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the trial has brought a changed scrutiny to the statutes.

According to Ryan’s report, some of the recording artists have already cancelled shows in the Sunshine State.

Jay-Z To Become Jay Z After Dropping The Hyphen From His Famous Moniker

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It is not the first time he has dropped the hyphen from his famous moniker, but Jay−Z wants to make it official as he reveals that he prefers the Jay and the Z to stand alone as proud.

After almost two decades in the music industry, the rapper seems to want a change and has sent a missive through his record label Roc Nation to several publications warning them that he is removing the hyphen between the Jay and the Z of his stage name.

The artwork for his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail proves the rapper’s desire to have the hyphen removed as his name is imprinted as Jay Z and it’s certainly presented in the metadata for the album’s iTunes version.

According to Billboard editor Joe Levy, the 99 Problems hit maker made his wishes explicit as he tweeted o his Twitter page: “Breaking: Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding. (Wish I was.)”

Levy followers were quick to point out that the rapper – whose real name is Shawn Carter – has tried to change his moniker in the past.

The Billboard editor said: “He dropped it a while ago [but] … no one seems to have noticed. Seems change was made on [Watch the Throne]. Didn’t take, though. The hyphen is strong.”

And it appears after further investigation, Jay – Z has been Jay Z for more than we have noticed. In some materials for 2009’s The Blueprint 3, and in the liner notes of Watch The Throne, his collaborative 2011 with Kanye West, his pseudonym has been presented as Jay Z. he is also unpunctuated in the title of his website. Nonetheless, the hyphen was still there on Blueprint 3’s cover, the front of Jay’s recent book, and the artwork for Watch the Throne’s lead single, H.A.M.

Jay-Z Reveals Songs On New Album Are Inspired By Baby Daughter Blue Ivy

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Jay- Z is gearing up to release his forthcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail on July 4, exclusively through a new Samsung App. The rapper spoke about his personal experiences that have influenced the material on his new album.

Posting a teaser advert, the rapper talked about a single entitled Jay-Z Blue saying that it was undeniably inspired by daughter Blue Ivy Carter.Wife and singer Beyoncé gave birth to the couple’s first child on January 7 2012.

Talking to Rick Rubin in the album clip Jay-Z admits: “[She’s] something that we both created; we still marvel at her.”

In another clip he talks more about his daughter’s influence on another track entitled Heaven, which he says can be located in his daughter’s laughter. The rapper also described the feeling of his child going missing for just three minutes.

The 43-year-old revealed how difficult his childhood was which has left him with lasting doubt over his father credentials.

He explained: “My pop left when I was young, so he didn’t teach me how to be a man, nor how to raise child, or treat women. So, of course, my karma, the two things I need, I don’t have. And I have a daughter. It’s the paranoia of not being a great dad.”

Besides his influence from daughter Blue Ivy, Jay -Z’s album features several collaborations including
Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and of course Beyoncé herself.

Beyonce And Jay – Z To Collaborate For His Album

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Rapper Jay –Z and singer Beyonce Knowles are said to be reportedly to be recording a duet together for Jay’ new album which has been entitled Magna Carta Holy Grail.

It seems that the duet will be their first collaboration since 2003 when they both worked on a single entitled Bonnie & Clyde which appeared on Beyoncé’s debut album Dangerously In Love.

The track titled Part II (On The Run) features lyrics about the criticism their relationship received when they first revealed that they were a couple as UK tabloid newspaper The Sun has reported.

Lyrics in the single contain a deeper portrayal of what was being understood at the revelation of their relationship.

Lyrics in the song go as: “She fell in love with the bad guy, the bad guy. What you doing with them rap guys, them rap guys, they ain’t see potential in me girl, but you see it if it’s you and me against the world, then so be it.”

Jay-Z posted the words to the single on his new mobile application. The album will be released July 4, followed by a global release on all other platforms for July 7.

 

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Jay-Z’s Friends Left ‘Shocked’ Over How Crazy He Is Over Baby Blue Ivy

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Jay-Z’s friends have apparently been left ‘shocked’ at how soft the rapper has gone over his daughter Bly Ivy Carter who he welcomed earlier this year in January with wife Beyoncé.

Since embracing the 11 – month – old baby, he’s been an energetic father, playing with Blue on their holiday in south of France, talking about her publicly and even changing her nappies.

But according to Life & Style sources have said that the Young Forever rapper’s friends have been left amazed at the change.

A source told the magazine: ”Jay is the best dad. Everyone knew he was going to be in love with the baby but his friends were shocked by how gooey he got when he became a father.”

Jay- Z who had a troubled childhood, has said that he doesn’t want his daughter to be ‘tough’ but to be a ‘respectful’ and a good person.

He has previously said: “She doesn’t have to be tough. She has to love herself, she has to know who she is, she has to be respectful and be a moral person.”

Jay-Z & Robert De Niro Get Into A Fight, Beyoncé Tries to Break It Up?

 

According to the New York Post, Jay- Z and Robert De Niro reportedly got into a heated argument at a birthday gathering for actor Leonardo DiCaprio in a New York City restaurant.

According to some unnamed sources, the Godfather II actor was holding the court at his table when the rapper went to greet him. It was then that De Niro took the opportunity to tell Jay-Z that he didn’t appreciate his several phone calls to be ignored.

A source told the Post, De Niro reportedly said to Jay-Z: “If somebody calls you six times, you call them back. It doesn’t matter who you are, that is just rude.”

Apparently the argument was about a song that Jay-Z had agreed to record for the Tribeca Film Festival which was co – founded by De Niro. It appears that De Niro had reached out to Jay-Z for the track to be accomplished but the performer had failed to call him back.

However, Jay-Z tried to make light of the argument and said that he was terrible at returning phone calls. But his explanations fell on deaf ear as De Niro was upset at being ignored.

De Niro’s anger became noticeable amongst the guests that included A – list celebrities: Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Martin Scorsese and Cameron Diaz.

After De Niro’s continuing scolding, Beyonce intervened and tried to silence the argument but wasn’t successful.

The source told the Post: “De Niro kept telling him that he thinks he’s the man, but that he was disrespectful.

“It was the talk of the party. Everyone was saying there’s only one star in New York bigger and badder than Jay-Z, and that’s Robert De Niro. He can be quite scary when he’s angry.”

However an insider close to De Niro told the Post that the alleged argument was a private conversation between them.

The insider said: “It was a low-key private conversation between two people that was apparently overheard. It was not a heated discussion. ”

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