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Tim McGraw Court Battle: Is He Barred from Recording New Music?

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on October 13, 2011 6:44 AM

Country music star Tim McGraw's court battle with Curb Records has gotten ugly.

A court hearing will be held on November 29 to determine whether or not McGraw can record new songs while his contract dispute with the recording label remains unsettled.

The contract dispute started when McGraw recorded a new album shortly after his 2009 CD "Southern Voice." Curb filed suit in May, saying that the country music star had violated his contract.

They said that he'd turned out the new tracks too soon after his previous album was released. McGraw counter-sued, hoping to be released from his contract entirely.

McGraw and Curb Records will head back to court in July 9, 2012 to determine if the star can be released from his recording contract, according to the Boot. The initial November hearing is only meant to determine if McGraw can record music in the interim.

Why did Curb Records sue McGraw anyway? Isn't turning out new songs what a musician is supposed to do?

Yes, but there was probably some sort of a contractual provision in McGraw's deal with Curb Records that specifically lays out when he can or cannot record songs. If McGraw violated these provisions, he could have breached his contract. Breaching those provisions likely led Curb Records to sue.

And if McGraw is still under contract with Curb Records he could be barred from recording music elsewhere. Hence the upcoming court hearing.

Who will win the Tim McGraw court battle, the country star or Curb Records? While the outcome of the dispute is unclear, one thing is for sure: it will hinge on the wording of the recording contract.

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