Tim McGraw Wins First Court Battle With Curb Records
Tim McGraw is a free man -- at least when it comes to his music career. The country superstar appeared in court today (Nov. 30) to fight for the right to record new music on a new label while the lawsuit over his contract is still being settled with Curb Records. The court ruled in the singer's favor.
According to Country Aircheck, a request for an injunction by Curb Records was denied, which means Tim is now free to sign with another record label. While the 44-year-old entertainer has yet to issue a statement regarding the favorable outcome, he and wife Faith Hill both appeared pleased as they exited the courtroom.
Tim has been eager to move to a new label for awhile, after spending more than two decades on the Curb Records roster. "I've got some really good options out there," he said while promoting his film, 'Country Strong,' last year. "It's a long time coming. Twenty years with any label, I think, is too much, so unless you're really having a great relationship ... I think it's a good time for me to go out and see what's out there for me."
Tim still has to face Curb Records in court in July 2012, when a judge will determine whether or not the singer breeched his contract by turning in his latest album, 'Emotional Traffic,' too early. The project's first single, 'Felt Good on My Lips,' was released to radio in late 2010, and in a surprise move just hours after today's court decision, Curb released a second single, 'Better Than I Used to Be.' But the full 'Emotional Traffic' CD has yet to hit stores.
"The label is holding the album hostage from country music fans in an attempt to force Tim McGraw to serve perpetually under a contract that he has already fully and faithfully completed," said a rep for the singer earlier this year.
The multi-talented entertainer hasn't let his legal woes slow him down. He can be seen in the recently-released movie, 'Dirty Girl,' co-starring William H. Macy and Milla Jovovich. He's also heading to Australia to perform a series of shows with his wife, and will then hit the road in the summer as part of the Brothers of the Sun tour with Kenny Chesney, which will kick off on June 2 in Tampa, Fla. Keep track of his concert schedule here.
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