Megan Thee Stallion has filed another lawsuit against her record label 1501 Certified Entertainment, this time alleging that the label is attempting to keep her by not considering Something for Thee Hotties as an “album.”
According to reports, the 27-year-old rapper — whose real name is Megan Pete — argues that Something for Thee Hotties, a compilation album comprised of previously-unreleased tracks and YouTube freestyles, should be counted as an album as it supposedly fits the legal description. Lawyers for Megan Thee Stallion claim that 1501’s classification of the project is their way of wanting to “tie Pete down to release more albums under the contract to the financial benefit of 1501.” They add, “This is inconsistent with the contract terms, which are clear and unambiguous.”
“1501’s new position, taken months after the album’s release, is clearly a ruse in an effort to try to take further advantage of Pete, at great expense and not in good faith,” her legal team wrote. Her attorneys also referred to her “long and tortured history of disputes” and this suit was filed in order to “protect herself, her music, and her artistic choices.”
Sources state that if 1501 considers Something for The Hotties as an album, she will only need to release one more album to fulfill her contract.
However, 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.” He continued to state that Something for The Hotties was comprised of “substantial amounts” of material that were already available. “She can’t just deliver us an album that we did not approve and then claim it satisfies her recording contract,” he said. “It doesn’t, and the contract is pretty clear about that. I’ll be interested to hear what they have to say when they’re under oath.”
Zager adds that since Megan Thee Stallion renegotiated her deal with an experienced team of lawyers and music industry figures — which includes JAY-Z — she can no longer claim that she was tricked into signing an “unfair” contract. “In her original lawsuit, she said she was young and didn’t know what she was doing,” he said. “Well she’s not young anymore, and she can’t say she didn’t know what she was doing when she had lawyers and professionals advising her.”
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