[Updated] Court Says McGraw Can Split From Curb, Label Releases Single Anyway

McGraw onstage earlier this year.

[Updated 4:45 p.m.]

Hours after a Nashville judge ruled that Tim McGraw was no longer contractually obligated to Curb Records, the label released a new McGraw single to radio.

Delivered via digital distribution system PlayMPE, Curb sent out the McGraw tune “Better Than I Used To Be.” The email blast states that the track is going for immediate airplay, and is the first new music from the singer in 11 months.

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Tim McGraw is no longer a Curb Records artist, according to a ruling made this afternoon (11/30) in a Nashville courtroom. This judgement leaves the superstar free to release music via another label or situation.

He first signed with Curb in 1992.

Chancellor Russell Perkins made the ruling in Davidson County Chancery Court following a four-hour proceeding. McGraw and wife Faith Hill were in attendance.

Today’s decision is part of ongoing lawsuits between McGraw and Curb Records, which will play out during a trial this July.

Representing McGraw in the courtroom was attorney William Ramsey of Nashville firm Neal & Harwell.


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