The ongoing legal battle between Megan Thee Stallion and her label 1501 Certified Entertainment has taken another nasty turn at this weekend’s American Music Awards.
According to court documents obtained by Billboard, the “Savage” rapper was granted a restraining order against 1501, along with his distributor 300 Entertainment, which claimed that 1501 “unlawfully” exploited Pete. did. did. was closed or steps were taken to intervene. licensing or publishing her music until the upcoming AMA on Sunday (20 November). The order, filed in Harris County District Court in Texas, states that Megan “provided evidence” that the company “has recently engaged and will continue to engage in threatening and retaliatory behavior that has irreparably harmed her music career.” will deliver.”
Without providing further details on what 1501 or 300 allegedly did, the court said it granted Megan’s request for an “ex ante” order — essentially, awaiting a response from the other side. was. Had been. Had been. Without doing so, a type of emergency injunction was issued—”because there was not sufficient time for the defendants to notice, be heard, and issue a restraining order before irreparable injury, damage, or loss occurred.” It added that while Megan is nominated for Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist, voting for the AMAs closes at midnight on Monday night (Nov. 14), and that Megan would be “irreparably harmed if the AMA promotion I cannot use their music jointly with them.
Under the order, 1501, 300 and anyone acting in “relationship or participation” with them are prohibited from “preventing or blocking the use and exploitation” of Megan’s music in promotional materials for the AMAs — including “includes threatening or otherwise attempting to intimidate” or coerce” third parties not to have access to it — until Nov. 20. It also sets a hearing on Megan’s request for a restraining order for Nov. 22.
The restraining order is just the latest volley in a more than two-year-old legal battle that began in 2020, when Megan filed a lawsuit alleging that 1501 founder Karl Crawford coerced her into signing an “unconscionable” record deal in 2018. was forced to. To. For that the person below was betrayed. industry standards. He claims that upon signing Jay-Z’s management deal with Roc Nation the following year, he received “real lawyers” who showed him that the 1501 agreement was “crazy”.
In February, Megan filed a separate lawsuit, claiming that 1501 refused to count her 2021 Something for the Hotties release as an album – an important definition, as her 1501 deal states that He would have to make three albums to meet his obligations. 1501 immediately retaliated, arguing that Thee Hotties only consisted of 29 minutes of original material and was therefore not eligible.
In September, Megan filed another lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages, claiming that 1501 “systematically failed” to pay her a fair amount of royalties and “excessive marketing”, in addition to allegations that I failed. was. was done and unfairly allowed for promotional fees” the label leaked their most recent album, Traumazine.
In response, the label’s lawyers argued that it was actually Megan who had failed to pay 1501 of requirements relating to publishing royalties, along with a fair share of the money received from advertising, partnerships and other business deals. He further stated that any claims of underpayment of royalties should be redirected to 300 Entertainment.