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Megan Thee Stallion Signs Distribution Deal With Warner Music Group, Will Remain Independent

Megan Thee Stallion and Warner Music Group have announced a new agreement that will enable the “Savage” rapper to remain an independent artist while also having access to the music company’s global services, ranging from distribution and radio promotion to marketing.

Megan has full ownership of her masters and publishing and will release all future recordings through Hot Girl Productions – her independent music and entertainment entity – and simultaneously work with WMG and its international affiliates. Additionally, Megan — who is managed by Roc Nation — has full creative control of her music releases along with the option to bring artists that are signed to her imprint into the WMG ecosystem.

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“This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter of my life and career,” Megan said. “I’m really focused on building an empire and growing as an entrepreneur, so I’m proud to take this next step in my journey and work with [WMG Recorded Music CEO] Max Lousada and the entire Warner Music Group team in this new capacity. I know we’re going to create history together.”

The Houston-bred rapper split with her former label 1501 Certified Entertainment in October after being embroiled in a long legal feud that ended with a mutual settlement. Megan alleged 1501 was preventing her from releasing new music in 2020 when she first signed with Roc Nation’s management team. Then, in August 2022, Megan filed another complaint seeking $1 million in damages, citing “underpayment of royalties,” among other charges.

This announcement comes on the heels of Megan’s brand-new single “Hiss,” which marked Megan’s second solo release through Hot Girl Productions. She’s said to be dropping a new album and is slated to go on tour later this summer.

“Meg is not just a superstar,” Lousada said. “She’s an artistic force and a mogul in the making – authentic and unapologetic in defining her own unique place in the cultural landscape. So many relate to her remarkable story and have witnessed her come into her power on her own terms. At Warner, we’re creating an environment where original talents can explore both their creativity and entrepreneurialism, while building long-term careers. Following on her success with 300, we’re excited to continue our journey with Meg through this dynamic new partnership, with our global teams, infrastructure, and expertise supporting her every step of the way.”

“Megan continues to be an absolute trailblazer,” said Desiree Perez, Roc Nation’s CEO. “This new chapter with Warner Music Group will shift the landscape in the music industry and empower other independent artists to follow in her footsteps and claim their power. It’s also a testament to Max’s ability to reimagine the relationships that major music companies can engage in with independent artists.”

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