Megan Thee Stallion faces (again) her record company in court to find out what constitutes an “album”.
Megan Thee Stallion’s label 1501 Certified Entertainment, which she sued last month, filed a counterclaim claiming the rapper was in breach of contract. The dispute stems from his last release Something for you hottieswhich, according to the label, does not meet the requirements necessary for the record to be classified as an “album” under the contract the rapper signed with the label.
The label is ask the courts to declare that the recording is not an albumas well as damages based on breach of contract and attorneys’ fees and costs.
The original complaint filed by Megan alleges that the only contractual requirement to define a release as an album was a 45-minute runtime. The rapper says that not only did she meet that requirement, but she exceeded my two seconds.
His legal team claims they weren’t told until two months after its release that the label didn’t consider it an album, which 1501 denies. Steven M. Zager – an attorney for 1501 – told Billboard that the label had “told him from the start that it wouldn’t count towards the album count.”
In the countersuit, 1501 argues that Something for you hotties is more of a mixtape as the release contains several interludes, old YouTube freestyles, and “archive material”. They allege that the total running time of the fresh material on the release is only 29 minutes, short of the 45 minutes required by the label for the release to count as an album.
The label says Megan is well aware that any album she makes must include at least 12 “new master studio performance recordings”, and that they must be previously unreleased. Plus, the label claims they have to approve all of their tracks – which didn’t happen with Something for you hotties.
“This is yet another absurd attempt by 1501 to disregard Megan’s album and squeeze more money and more free work out of her for as long as possible,” Megan’s attorney Thee Stallion said. , Brad Hancock. “We will ask the court to protect Megan from this type of abuse.”
If a judge sides with the label that the release does not count as an album under her contract, she will owe the label two additional “albums” under her contract.
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