Megan Thee Stallion Will Release New Music Despite Label Issues With 1501

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Megan Thee Stallion
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The “Savage” rapper is set to release new music despite the ongoing issues she’s experiencing with Texas-based label 1501 Entertainment.

Megan Thee Stallion is still seeking retribution for the issues she’s had with her label 1501 Entertainment.

On Tuesday, she filed new court documents stating that 1501 was blocking her from appearing on a remix of K-pop group BTS’ “Butter.” Megan asked a Texas judge to apply a previous ruling allowing her to release new music, reports Billboard

Documents allege the Texas-bred rapper filed an “emergency temporary restraining order (TRO)” to allow the remix’s release following 1501 CEO, Carl Crawford, and his partner, J. Prince’s refusal to approve the track. Additionally, the documents claim that 300 Entertainment, Megan’s distributor, agreed with 1501’s decision to block the upcoming track. 

That same day (Tuesday), a judge ruled in favor of Megan’s request to extend the temporary restraining order. Per Billboard, the court found the order said that “failure to enter a temporary restraining order at this time would cause irreparable injury.” It also stated Crawford, 1501 Certified Entertainment, J. Prince and 300 Entertainment “have recently engaged and will continue to engage in conduct preventing the release of her new music, which would irreparably damage her goodwill, reputation, and overall music career and infringes on her rights to self-expression through her music.”

Prior to Tuesday’s court filing, Megan was already at odds with 1501. You may remember back in March of last year when she filed a lawsuit over unfair contract terms, she also alleged they were blocking her from dropping new music like Suga, a mixtape. Ultimately, she was able to release new music due to a judge who ruled in her favor. The judge also forbade 1501 from interfering with her new music releases.

Crawford later attempted to force Megan Thee Stallion’s lawsuit to arbitration, this was rejected. In June according to sources, it was confirmed that Megan’s 12-count lawsuit against Crawford and 1501 was taking place. Though she was not aiming to leave the label, a legal “dispute about the fairness of her contract” was in place as she’s seeking better terms. 

She previously referred to her 1501 contract as “unconscionable” in her original restraining order request. Megan claims she was paid $15,000 from the label after earning over 1 billion streams and selling over 300,000 individual track downloads, this has a combined worth estimated at $7 million. The 360-deal included in the lawsuit which she signed outlines the label “receives ownership of her master recordings, 60% of her net recording royalties, 50% of her publishing, 30% of her revenue from merchandising, sponsorships, and endorsements, and 30% of revenue from live performances and side artist engagements over $1,000,” reports Billboard

A new hearing on the temporary restraining order was scheduled for September 10.

Stay tuned here as details emerge.

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