Texas judge rules in favor of Megan Thee Stallion to release BTS’ ‘Butter’ remix

Published August 25, 2021, 12:15 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Megan Thee Stallion (left) and BTS (Instagram / Twitter)

A Texas judge has issued an order that will allow rapper Megan Thee Stallion, aka Megan Pete, to release a remix version of K-pop superstars BTS’ “Butter” on Aug. 27.

Megan Thee Stallion filed a lawsuit against her label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, its CEO Carl Crawford, Theory Entertainment and James Prince in Texas seeking an “extension of the March 2, 2020 TRO, or in the alternative, the issuance of a new Temporary Restraining Order,” according to the document published by Variety.

She accused that “from the day Crawford and 1501 fraudulently induced Pete to sign an exclusive contract with them, Crawford and 1501 have done nothing to help Pete grow her career in the music industry and have only put up roadblocks in an attempt to stifle her artistic expression as a music artist and irreparably harm her career.”

“If Pete is not allowed to release a new track this Friday on which she is the featured artist in a remix with BTS of the song called, ‘Butter,’ her music career will suffer irreparable damage, including a devastating impact to her relationships with her fans and with other recording artists in the music industry. Such irreparable injury to her personal goodwill and the silencing of her artistic expression in music cannot be compensated in the way of monetary damages. As such, Pete seeks emergency relief from this Court,” the court document stated.

It added, “Specifically, 1501, Crawford, Prince, and 300 Entertainment (through extension and through instructions from the other defendants) have engaged in tactics to block Pete’s newest music track from its scheduled release date—Friday, August 27, 2021. 1501 and Prince refuse to approve the new music track and have instructed 300 Entertainment not to release it. Consequently, 300 Entertainment has followed their directive. The conduct in question directly violates the plain language in the TRO.”

According to the court filing, “The Feature Track at issue is a remix of BTS’ song ‘Butter’ featuring a new rap introduction performed by Pete. BTS is a South Korean boy band that has experienced world-wide success, including several hits topping the charts in the United States and abroad.”

“Pete’s creative self-expression in the Feature Track with BTS will not only expand her fan base here in the United States but also internationally. If Pete is prohibited from releasing the Feature Track this Friday, her music career will suffer irreparable damage, including devastating her relationships with her fans and with other recording artists in the music industry, including BTS. Such irreparable injury to her personal goodwill and the silencing of her artistic expression in music cannot be compensated in the way of monetary damages,” it added.

In the decision, the Texas judge extended the TRO against her label and other defendants, Billboard reported, that will allow her to release the “Butter” remix.

 
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