Megan Thee Stallion’s label is in some legal trouble again with the rapper after refusing to allow her to fulfill the terms of her contract, Billboard reports.
Megan is seeking a ruling that her Something for Thee Hotties mixtape meets the legal definition of an “album.”
Something for Thee Hotties was released back in October and the record contained all original production, unlike a mixtape, which would feature Megan Thee Stallion rapping over other artists’ beats.
Detailed in her suit against 1501 Entertainment per Pitchfork, “Megan Thee Stallion claims 1501 informed her two months after its release that it did not meet the definition of an ‘Album’ under her recording agreement, and therefore did not satisfy her contract’s ‘Minimum Recording Commitment.’ She countered that the only parameter defining an album under the terms of the contract is its runtime, which must be at least 45 minutes in length; Something for Thee Hotties is 45 minutes and 2 seconds long. Megan Thee Stallion is seeking a non-monetary declaratory judgment that the record meets the definition of an album—satisfying the terms of her contract—and attorney’s fees.”
The fight between Megan and her label has a lot of history. In March of 2o20, the Grammy-winning rapper sued her label for not allowing her to release new music. She admitted during an Instagram Live at the time that when she signed the contract that she didn’t know exactly what was in it, per the outlet. She tried to renegotiate her contract but the label would not allow it which prompted her to sue the label and begin the process to terminate her contract. A judge granted the rapper a temporary restraining order allowing her to release “Suga” in March and her feature on BTS’ “Butter” in a separate filing in August of 2021. During the “Butter” release the judge found that the label “recently engaged and will continue to engage in conduct preventing the release of [Megan Thee Stallion’s] new music” per the outlet.
Steven M. Zager, an attorney for 1501, denied Megan Thee Stallion’s claims, telling Billboard that the label had “told her from the very beginning this is not going to count toward your album count.”
Sources state per Hypebeast that if 1501 considers Something for The Hottiesas an album, she will only need to release one more album to fulfill her contract.
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