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Curb Records wasted no time in retaliating for a judge's decision Wednesday that allows Tim McGraw to sign with any record label he chooses.(See Nashville Stew Breaking News for 11/30) Hours after the judge's ruling, Curb released a Tim McGraw single to radio. The song, Better Than I Used To Be" from Tim's unreleased album Emotional Traffic. The record label had argued in court that Tim delivered the album too close to another release, a greatest hits album. The judge ruled that Tim delivered the product called for in the contract and was free to get on with his career. This ruling does not negate another lawsuit for breech nof contract filed by Curb Records against Tim.
Hank Williams Jr. was slated to perform “Tattoos on This Town” with Jason Aldean at last nights taping of CMT Artists of the Year. After singing only one verse with Jason there was a pause in taping and Hank Jr. walked off stage not to return. Rob Lowe, who hosted the event, re-introducted Jason and retaped the performance without Hank Jr. Hank Jr. issued the following statement to CountryWeekly.com, through his publicist: “I’ve heard people mess up my songs and screw up Daddy’s songs. I was here to honor Jason, a kid I really like. When I walked out there, it didn’t feel right, it didn’t sound right. I didn’t want to disrespect him.” CMT Artists of the Year airs at 9 p.m. ET Dec. 13th with Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum.
Taylor Swift has a crafty side. She apparently spent some of her down time during her Thanksgiving break with a group of friends, making homemade snow globes out of jars and Christmas figurines. They made about a half dozen snow globe jars with Santas, angels and Christmas tree figurines. Taylor tweeted about the project and posted a photo of the finished products
The Brad Paisley 2011 Christmas ornament is now on sale at BradPaisley.com. Proceeds from ornament sales go to the Brad Paisley Foundation benefiting charities around Brad's hometown of Wheeling, WV. Brad will be a part of the “CMA Country Christmas,” that will air this Thursday, December 1st (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Dierks Bentley is getting his fans involved in his new music video for "Home" like never before. Fans can upload personal photos at DierksBentleyHome.com to put themselves or their friends and family in the official music video. They can then share their custom video with friends through social media. "Home" is the title cut from Dierks' sixth studio album, due out February 7, 2012.
Chris Young doesn't mix romance and road work. He tells CountryWeekly.com he's seen some "suggestive signs" at his concerts, but he says he'd never act on any of them. Chris says he's "really focused on work" when he's on tour, and when a woman tries to distract him he'll "shrug it off with a 'thank you very much.'" Chris is keeping his attention on his work by not allowing women on his tour bus, and he doesn't stop by local clubs after his concerts anymore.
Sara Evans is joining fellow country artists Brad Paisley and Jimmy Wayne with success books now for sale. Sara's latest book, Softly & Tenderly, was named one of 2011's Top Inspirational books by the American Library Association. Softly & Tenderly is the second installment of the Jade Benson series, where a woman who “married into a southern soap opera” learns to forgive and trust.
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