Rapper Megan Thee Stallion has been given a restraining order against her record label 1501 Certified Entertainment, for them allegedly attempting to “interfere” with her control over her music before the American Music Awards later this week.
The Houston native, real name Megan Pete, was not only granted the order against her label but her distributor, 300 Entertainment as well, per a report by Billboard.
The document claims that the label “unlawfully” took steps to “block or interfere with Pete exploiting, licensing, or publishing her music” in the run-up to the AMAs, which takes place this Sunday, November 20th.
The order was filed in Harris County District Court, Texas, and maintains that Megan “provided evidence” that the label “recently engaged and will continue to engage in threatening and retaliatory behaviour that will irreparably harm” her career.
The document does not provide the exact information of what 1501 and 300 are alleged to have done, but the court does state that an ex parte was filed. This is an emergency order granted without waiting for a response from the other party.
It also contends that because the voting for the AMAs, where Megan is nominated for Favourite Female Hip-Hop Artist, closed at midnight on Monday (November 14th), she “will suffer irreparable harm if her music cannot be used in conjunction with her promotion for the AMAs”.
Per the new order, 1501, 300 and anyone working “in concert or participation with” them are prohibited from “preventing or blocking the use and exploitation” of Megan’s music in promotional content for the AMAs. This includes “threatening or otherwise attempting to intimidate or coerce” third parties not to do so.
A hearing is scheduled for November 22nd, with this just the latest flashpoint in a succession of legal battles between Megan and 1501.