Curb Records Suing Tim McGraw
Wed, 18 May 2011 09:41:57
Curb Records filed a breach-of-contract suit in Davidson County Chancery Court against country king Tim McGraw in relation to McGraw's recording agreement with the label. McGraw has been signed to the label since 1993 and it has been his sole label home, so this one has to be tough for both parties.
Billboard reports that 12 masters for the Emotional Traffic album that McGraw delivered to Curb in October of last year are the root of the suit. No, we didn't mean to make a poem there. Curb alleges that McGraw recorded the album too early prior to its delivery date "in a transparent tactic to attempt to fulfill his contractual recording commitment to Curb prematurely in breach of the recording agreement." Translation: McGraw rushed through the recording, turned in the album early in effort to fulfill his obligations and move on. It suggests he may have hurried and submitted material that was not his best.
Curb's position in the suit is that McGraw's recordings must be "topical and new" and that the artist had agreed that each new album would be recorded "no earlier than 12 months and no later than 18 months" following the delivery of the previous album. The suit alleges McGraw began recording Emotional Traffic tracks "in 2008 or before," prior to the allowable period under contract, according to Curb.
McGraw has been vocal about his frustration with the label for some time now.
Team Curb or Team Tim?