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McGraw-Curb trail postponed, label claims McGraw under contract

Thursday, June 28, 2012 – The case involving Tim McGraw and his former label, Big Machine, was postponed on Thursday.

Curb contends that McGraw is still under contract because he failed to fulfill his contract of providing recorded material, according to his contract, a press release from Curb said. It was not clear when the case would resume. A trial was slated to begin next month.

The Nashville Court of Appeals postponed the trail until it can take additional evidence surrounding Big Machine Records' signing of McGraw and when the 20 recordings Big Machine says it will release were made. Curb asked the court to rule that the 20 songs belong to Curb and recorded during his contact with Curb.

A press release from Curb said, "Tim has signed three different contracts with Curb Records, electing to re-sign with Curb Records two additional times. In Tim's third and current contract, he agreed to record six option albums. As a gesture, Curb agreed to reduce his option albums in exchange for Tim honoring the contract regarding the remaining five albums. In his contract, Tim agreed to record the albums during specified periods of time. These provisions, standard in the record industry, are designed for obvious reasons. They give record labels adequate time to market and promote an album and its singles, and they prevent an artist from recording multiple albums at once, ensuring that the music is always fresh. Tim also agreed that he and Curb Records, together, would agree on the songs which appear on those albums."

"Ignoring these contract provisions, Tim commenced recording virtually all the songs which are embodied on the 'Emotional Traffic' project even before the 2009 release of his previous album ('Southern Voice') and without consulting Curb Records as to the contents of this record," the press release said.

McGraw announced he was releasing a new single, Truck Yeah, to radio on July 3 on Big Machine.

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