BTS and Megan Thee Stallion have joined forces in a well-anticipated remix of the K-pop group’s wildly popular single Butter, which sat in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks. The release of this collaboration, however, has been far from a smooth ride. Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, filed a lawsuit against 1501 Certified Entertainment, claiming that the record label was withholding her from releasing the track.
Pete states that she was approached during late June to feature on the hit single, and wrote that she “had a strong desire to participate in the remix with BTS.” Her enthusiasm was curbed by 1501 Certified Entertainment, which deigned that the partnership with the South Korean idols would not be “good for her career.”
The label further stated that Pete would only be allowed to participate after it received a “waiver” of US$100,000, which she would not be entitled to. Pete’s attorneys maintain the ground that her collaboration with BTS is “vital” to seal her success as an artist fresh to the scene, and that in stopping the release of the song, it would hinder the expansion of her international fanbase, and inflict “irreversible harm” on her blossoming career. Pete herself adamantly declared: “The effort to try to restrain me from engaging in my artistic expression, and to prevent me from working with the hit band BTS cannot be quantified in terms of damages.”
Fortunately for the rapper, the US court granted her a temporary restraining order, which prohibits the label from obstructing the drop of the Butter remix.