A Texas judge has denied a request by Megan Thee Stallion’s label to halt the release of her upcoming album.
On Thursday (March 5), Judge Beau A. Miller of the Texas 190th District Court ruled that 1501 Entertainment and its CEO Carl Crawford could not prevent the hip-hop star — whose real name is Megan Pete — from releasing her debut album, Suga, on Friday.
The move comes after Megan Thee Stallion was granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) Monday against 1501 Entertainment and Crawford. She said she took the “extraordinary step” of filing for a TRO because her label was instructing her distribution company “not to release or distribute any of her new music.” She argued that her new music was scheduled to be released on Friday and if it wasn’t, it would “have a devastating impact, and cause irreparable injury” to her career. The Houston judge agreed and granted her a TRO allowing her to release new music.
On Tuesday, 1501 Entertainment and Crawford asked the court to dismiss the TRO, accusing the singer of a “systematic breach of her contractual obligations” and trying to prevent them from enforcing their rights under their distribution agreement. Attorneys for 1501 and Crawford argued Pete was crafting “a smoke-screen narrative of intimidation and fear with baseless and irrelevant social medias post” and that she has “continuously and flagrantly disregarded every contractual obligation she owes to 1501 per the terms of the Artist Agreement.”
Judge Miller ultimately ruled that the TRO would remain in place and that “the album at issue may be dropped for distribution March 6, 2020.” Miller said the restraining order is in place for the mutual benefit of all parties and has ordered all parties to refrain from threatening and or retaliatory social media posts.
Per the ruling issued Monday, 1501 Entertainment was ordered “to do nothing to prevent the release, distribution, and sale of Pete’s new records,” to “refrain from threatening or posting any threatening any retaliatory social media posts or threats against Pete,” to “refrain from threatening anyone associated with Pete or trying to prevent or limit others from working with Pete” and “to not intentionally falsify, alter, spoil, hide, transfer, or otherwise destroy any documents, evidence or recordings related to Pete in any way.”