Houston News : Megan Thee Stallion releases ‘Suga’ album thanks to restraining order from Harris County judge

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Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for MTV)

Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for MTV)

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images For MTV

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images For MTV

Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for MTV)

Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for MTV)

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images For MTV

Megan Thee Stallion releases ‘Suga’ album thanks to restraining order from Harris County judge

Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion released her new ‘Suga’ album on Friday, two days after a Harris County state district judge struck down her label’s bid to block its release.

The dispute arose over Stallion’s attempt to renegotiate her contract with 1501 Certified Entertainment, the label founded by former Major League Baseball player Carl Crawford, who is a Houston native. In court documents, Stallion said she was “young and naive” when she signed her initial deal with 1501, alleging that the label “took complete advantage of her and fraudulently induced her to enter into” the deal. She called the contract “not only entirely unconscionable, but ridiculously so.”

State District Judge Beau Miller on Wednesday upheld a prior court order barring 1501 from preventing “the release, distribution, and sale” of Stallion’s album. Miller also ordered Houston music executive J Prince — a mentor of Crawford’s who Stallion alleged has intimidated and bullied her — to “refrain from threatening or posting any threatening or retaliatory social media posts or threats” against Stallion.

Stallion’s contract entitles her to 40 percent of her recording profits and 30 percent of her touring and merchandising income, according to contract documents included in the lawsuit. Crawford has criticized Stallion for trying to alter the terms of the deal, citing his own experience in professional baseball.

“In baseball, we have to honor our contracts. She said she signed a contract when she was 20; I signed a contract when I was 17,” Crawford told Variety. “I understood everything about it. I knew I had to play five years to get another contract, and got another contract. She seemed to not understand the business of what’s going on. She doesn’t understand that when you do a contract, you have to honor the contract.”

In an Instagram Live video posted shortly before she sued 1501, Stallion said her management agency, Roc Nation, made her aware of some unfavorable details in the contract. She alleged that 1501 sought to prevent the release of her album after she tried to renegotiate the deal.

“Soon as I said, ‘I want to renegotiate my contract,’ everything went left,” Stallion said. “It just all went bad. It all went left. So now they’re telling [me that I can’t] drop no music.”

Prince slammed Stallion over the lawsuit and accused Roc Nation of exploiting Stallion by convincing her she had signed an unfavorable deal. In a post on Instagram, Prince wrote, “Any artist in the music industry will testify that a 40 percent profit share is a great deal, especially for an unestablished artist that till this day has never delivered an album.”

Stallion reacted to the ruling on Instagram, writing, “I’m extremely pleased that 1501 and Carl Crawford were denied the request to dissolve the Court order and try to stop my music from being released. … To be clear, I will stand up for myself and won’t allow two men to bully me.”





in Houston

Source : chron.com