Megan Thee Stallion is in a position, with the backing of a major entity, to set a new precedent for artists taking the independent route with their music careers. On Friday (Feb. 2), she officially announced her new distribution deal with Warner Music Group, a feat that was achieved only three months after severing ties with her former label, 1501 Certified Entertainment.
It was first reported that the deal was within striking distance in December. The partnership will provide the Houston native with global marketing and distribution services. In a social media post, Megan wrote, “Thank you, GOD. Hotties, today [HISTORY] was made! Today, I signed a distribution deal with my new family, [Warner Music Group], where I maintain my independence as an artist and OWN MY MASTERS AND PUBLISHING.”
The three-time Grammy Award winner continued, “This is the first deal of its kind! I hope artists still on the come up or even artists who are already established never get discouraged by all the obstacles that come with this industry! Even with all the odds against me, I fought for myself, the hotties fought for me and Roc Nation fought for me! I’m forever grateful! Let’s really keep running it up, hotties!” As an independent artist, her music will be released through Hot Girl Productions, an entertainment entity she founded.
Megan wrapped up her celebratory message by acknowledging her late mother. “Shout out to Mama Holly. I know she’s guiding me through all [of] this.” The 28-year-old’s mother passed away in 2019 after a battle with brain cancer.
Three years ago, while accepting the Glamour Woman of the Year Award, she reflected on her mother’s impact. “A lot of people don’t know that my mom, Holly, was a rapper. She called herself Holly-wood, and she commanded every room she walked in because her presence was just larger than life. She was fearless and proud, and fought through the struggle to be heard and respected. She had no advantages, she [sought] no shortcuts, and every bit of my core values and determination come from her,” she said.
Earlier this week, Megan announced the “Hot Girl Summer Tour” and her plans to release a new album. She released her first single, “Cobra,” in November and followed up with “HISS” in late January. The latter lyrical effort topped a number of Apple Music charts and, according to Chart Data, is on track to being the biggest-selling record of the year thus far.