As reported by Variety, the artist filed documents on Tuesday (August 24) in Texas against her label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, and its CEO Carl Crawford, that alleged they are preventing her from releasing the song.
Megan (real name Megan Pete)’s lawyer claimed 1501 hadn’t signed off on the remix’s release because it did not believe it was “good for her career as a recording artist”.
“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,” the court filing states. “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 Texan rapper has previously taken her label to court, claiming it was preventing her from releasing her 2020 EP, Suga. A judge sided with the rapper in this case in March 2020, ordering 1501 “to do nothing to prevent the release, distribution, and sale of Pete’s new records”. The new lawsuit alleges 1501 was in violation of this ruling.
The rework is due to arrive this Friday (August 27), with both Megan and BTS confirming the news on social media. “Y’all don’t even understand how excited I am,” Megan tweeted.
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