Curb Records is suing country star Tim McGraw for a breach in his label contract, reports Billboard.
The record company alleges that McGraw recorded the album too early prior to its delivery “in a transparent tactic to attempt to fulfill his contractual recording commitment to Curb prematurely in breach of the recording agreement.”
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.
Curb has been the only label home for McGraw, who released his first album in April of 1993. In recent years, McGraw has been outspoken about his frustration with his label deal. Guess this is the nail in the coffin for him.
The suit seeks undisclosed damages and a sixth “option period” record, as well as “injunctive relief preventing him from agreeing to provide, or providing, his personal services as a recording artist for the benefit of parties other than Curb Records until he has fulfilled his duties and obligations under the Recording Agreement.”
I know he breached his contract, but what do they really care if he recorded it earlier than supposed to? As long as he produces good music, I think they should be fine with it.