Updated August 25th. More court documents have been made public outlining the terms in which Stallion was able to get the “Butter@ remix released. In one new document it shows the artists had to pay a $10,000 attorney fee currently being held by the court. A second document shows that Stallion paid the $100,000 as a TRO bond to be held until hee court date in September.
This means that if the track is successful, it backs up her statements that 1501 are damaging her career and Stallion gets the $100,00 returned to her. However, if the track fails to track “good enough sales,” the label was right in the collaboration being a negative impact to her career and they get the funds transferred to them per their initial demands.
Needless to say, BTS’s fan base, ARMY, is already putting together a plan of attack to stream the single once it is released on August 27th.
Update: BTS has just released the news of the new remix in a press statement that reads ““Butter” by BTS has had the singular honor of reaching no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 nine times, the most by any song to date in 2021.”
“To celebrate this historic BTS milestone that was made possible by our fans, we would like to announce the release of a new “Butter” remix version. Butter (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)” features the inimitable rap, signature sounds and ad-libbing of three-time Grammy Award-winner Megan Thee Stallion with the exceptional personality of BTS showcased in the original song to create an even richer experience for all listeners. Please look forward to the unique charms of the new “Butter (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)!”
Megan followed it up with a tweet of her own:
Original report: Megan Thee Stallion (birth name Megan Pete) is at odds with her label once again as they attempt to block the release of a feature track set to release on Friday, august 27th.
The Feature Track at issue is a remix of BTS’ song “Butter” featuring a new rap introduction performed by Stallion. According to documents filed Tuesday in Harris County, Texas, Stallion has submitted a petition against her record label 1501 Certified Entertainment and its CEO Carl Crawford, alleging that they are preventing her from releasing the song.
Stallion previously sued her label last year for allegedly preventing her from releasing her EP “Suga” and was granted a temporary restraining order; she remains under contract to 1501, with recordings distributed by 300 Entertainment.
In a released email correspondence 1501 cites the reason for refusal for the collaboration to be that they don’t “believe that this feature with BTS is good for her career as a recording artist.” Megan’s representatives rebutted this in the court documents stating “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.” Further adding that in a refusal in the release of the 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.”
To further add to her case, the documents show to what extent of extortion 1501 has gone to obtain money from Pete. 1501’s legal representative informed 300 Entertainment’s legal representative that the only way it would grant a waiver for Pete’s appearance on the Feature Track is “if Pete agreed to a fee arrangement where 1501 received a $100,000 fee to be retained entirely by 1501 that Pete could not participate in.” In short, HYBE/Big Hit wild need to agree to pay 1501 for the “Butter” remix featuring Stallion to see the light of day. None of which would be paid to the artists herself.
In another email communication, Pete’s council go on to state that “BTS operates differently than we do in the US.” This is correct as HYBE/Big Hit do not pay out fees or royalties to labels, rather they allow their artists and those they collaborate with to get the total of the money as agreed upon the contract when collaborating. 1501 is attempting to bypass this agreement and not only get a large piece of the pie but leave the artist entirely out of it. Pete’s side went on to request a possible “no fee swap with royalties,” a concession on BTS’s side. Meaning they would be open to feature in a track by Stallion if she so wished plus give a percentage of royalties. Both of which were denied by 1501.
This new attempt at blocking her release of this feature track blatantly violates an already-existing TRO which the Court previously granted under very similar circumstances. On March 2, 2020, the ancillary Judge in Harris County granted Pete’s TRO and enjoined Defendants 1501 and Crawford from, “among other things, preventing distributor 300 Entertainment from releasing, distributing, or selling Pete’s new records or trying to prevent or limit others from working with Pete, in any manner.”
However, on Tuesday, August 24th a Texas judge ruled in favor of Megan Thee Stallion’s request to extend the temporary restraining order that would permit her to release a BTS “Butter” remix this Friday.
The court order states that “failure to enter a temporary restraining order at this time would cause irreparable injury.” It also said Crawford, 1501 Certified Entertainment, J. Prince and 300 Entertainment “have recently engaged and will continue to engage in conduct preventing the release of her new music, which would irreparably damage her goodwill, reputation, and overall music career and infringes on her rights to self-expression through her music.”
See the full court documents here.