Tim McGraw’s former label Curb Records has elevated their case against the country music superstar to federal court. The lawsuit alleges copyright infringement and breach of contract stemming from McGraw’s move to Big Machine Records in 2011.
Curb initially filed in Tennessee state court. The disagreements involve McGraw’s final album at Curb, “Emotional Traffic,” which the label says contained songs recorded too early to be considered “new material” under his contract. McGraw claims Curb intentionally delayed the album’s release in an effort to keep him under contract.
McGraw most recently released the album “Two Lanes of Freedom” which debuted at #2 on the Billboard album sales charts in February. That release came via Big Machine, also home to country crossover star Taylor Swift.