Megan Thee Stallion Sues Her Record Label

Accusing her record label of refusing to allow the artist to fulfill her contract commitments, Megan Thee Stallion is suing the company that signed her.

According to documents reviewed by Pitchfork, the superstar rapper (born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete) is taking legal action against 1501 Certified Entertainment, seeking a ruling that her 2021 release ‘Something for Thee Hotties’ compilation meets the legal definition of an “album.”

In her lawsuit, Megan claims that 1501 chiefs said that her collection of singles and B-sides contained original production did not meet the definition of an “album” under their recording contract, and thus, did not satisfy her “Minimum Recording Commitment” clause. The artist, however, claims that the only parameter defining an album under the terms of the deal is its runtime, which must be at least 45 minutes, a stipulation ‘Something for Thee Hotties’ meets.

As far as compensation is concerned, Megan wants a non-monetary declaratory judgement that the record can be defined as an album, as well as legal costs, and taking to Instagram she wrote:

“This mf (motherf**ker) got my accomplishments in that bio and aint contributed to s**t SINCE 2018… NOT STUDIO TIME, NOT A MUSIC VIDEO NOT A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT, s**t not even a flight !!! But you trying to eat off me AND PICK WITH ME ONLINE (sic).” 

Not the first dispute the recording artist has had with her label, in March 2020, Stallion complained on Instagram Live that 1501 wouldn’t let her release new music and insisted that she didn’t understand the terms of her contract when she initially signed it and wanted a renegotiation.

The hip-hop star subsequently sued the label, seeking contract termination, and a judge granted a temporary restraining order to allow her to release her Suga EP just four days later. In August 2021, she sued them again over a release of a remix of BTS’ track Butter, on which she was featured. The court subsequently found that 1501 had “recently engaged and will continue to engage in conduct preventing the release of new music.”

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Author: Al Denté