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Ciara Recalls Being Inspired By Prince To Level Up And Own Her Master Recordings  —  'Amazingly Enough, They Gave Me My Masters'

Ciara took the world by storm with her debut single “Goodies.” Now, she’s a Grammy-winning artist who has leveled up even more in her artistic journey, owning her masters and a record label.

Jun 22, 2022

Megan Thee Stallion's Latest Legal Battle With Carl Crawford Is Yet Another Cautionary Tale For Artists

Megan Thee Stallion and Carl Crawford are serving us a learning lesson right before our eyes. Crawford, who recently filed a countersuit against the “Tina Snow” rapper, has taken umbrage with his artist’s filing of a lawsuit against his label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, and has slapped her with a countersuit. At the crux of Crawford’s countersuit, though, lies a contractual matter, which ultimately comprises one question: Did Megan Thee Stallion fulfill her contractual obligations to 1501 Certified Entertainment when she dropped her last two albums? If you believe Carl Crawford, she did not. Per TMZ, Crawford is claiming that “Something for the Hotties” doesn’t qualify as an album — but Megan’s lawyer suggests otherwise. “This is yet another absurd attempt by 1501 to disregard Megan’s album and squeeze more money and more free work out of her for as long as possible,” said Brad Hancock, the lawyer for Megan Thee Stallion. “We will ask the court to protect Megan from this type of...

Nicki Minaj To Expand Empire Through The Creation Of Her Own Record Label And Management Company

Is a new Young Money on the way? It may be with Nicki Minaj’s next venture. She’s dominated the rap industry for over a decade, so it’s only right that the rapper embarks on her next journey. After being in the business of influencing female rappers that have followed her pinkprint, Nicki is creating her own artist roster. In an interview with Joe Budden, she revealed that she’s building her own record label and management company, according to Variety. Just as the legendary 2000s to 2010s Hip-Hop era that came out out of Lil Wayne signing her and Drake to Young Money Entertainment, Nicki is carving a new executive path that will bring new buzzing talent for today’s industry. “I am creating my own management company,” she shared with Budden, according to Variety. “I’m also doing my record company. I have a couple of artists that I will start the record company with. I’ll speak on that closer to album time.” There’s no set in stone date yet for Nicki’s upcoming fifth studio album, so...

Mar 10, 2022

Kenya Barris Seeks Music Mogul Status With Launch Of New Label Under Interscope Records

Creator of “Black-ish” Kenya Barris is expanding his Hollywood profile to the music business with a new entertainment company. According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the famed writer and producer has announced the launch of Khalabo Music — a joint venture with Interscope Records that already has a stacked roster of fresh, talented artists. As an extension of his production company, Khalabo Ink Society, Barris is looking at new ways he can work his signed artists into other areas of his entertainment hub. “Kenya touches people in so many different ways and he wants music to be part of that experience, so the conversation is not just about, ‘Let me find this one artist and make the best record,'” Interscope Geffen A&M Records vice chairman Steve Berman told THR. “He wants to find the artists and be able to plug music into his universe in many different ways. It’s the complete picture with him.” Per Berman’s interview with the outlet — as part of Barris’ latest cover story — the...

Jun 24, 2021

Rapper Cordae Announces Launch Of Record Label 100% Owned By Him

The rap game is becoming all about ownership and now more rappers are kicking off record companies of their own. The latest among the bunch is rapper Cordae, 23, who recently announced the launch of his own record label, Hi Level Productions, which according to him he 100 percent owns. Cordae confirmed the news via social media last week posting a logo of the new label. He also shared a clip from an interview with the Earn Your Leisure podcast where he shared the details about his cryptocurrency investments and his newfound independence in the form of Hi Level Productions. “Hi Level, that’s owned 100 percent by me. This is something I’m passionate about,” he said, according to REVOLT. “All my friends, we all on that Hi Level sh*t. All my fans all on that Hi Level sh*t, so this is something that’s, like, near and deep to my heart and I own it. It’s my sh*t.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Hi Level Productions (@hilevel) According to REVOLT, Cordae’s latest EP, “Just...

May 17, 2021

Megan Thee Stallion’s Legal Battle With Label Tells Cautionary Tale for Artists Signing Contracts

Megan Thee Stallion made a shocking announcement over the weekend when she broke the news that her record label was preventing her from releasing any new music, including her debut album “Suga.” The Houston rapper and her label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, allegedly had a dispute over the terms of her contract, thus resulting in them shelving her music. Megan Thee Stallion has now reportedly taken legal action against her label to get her out of the said contract. Megan vented about the dispute on Instagram Live while addressing the details of the matter. . @theestallion just went on IG live to talk about her current relationship with her label. 1501 won’t let Megan release new music because of her requesting to renegotiate her contract, which she signed at the age of 20. #FREETHEESTALLION — Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) March 2, 2020 According to Thee Stallion, her management team at Roc Nation brought a few things to her attention within her...

Mar 3, 2020