Briefs: News from Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Craig Morgan And More
Plus, Dixie Chicks’ Emily Robison Is Expecting
• A Nashville court has granted Curb Records’ request for a postponement in the trial for its breach of contract lawsuit against Tim McGraw. Curb says it asked for the postponement to allow it time “to take additional evidence surrounding Big Machine Records’ signing of Tim and when the 20 recordings Big Machine says it will release were made.”
When McGraw signed with Big Machine Records in May, it was stated at a press conference that he had recorded 20 new songs for that label. Curb is now maintaining that it owns those 20 new recordings because they were allegedly recorded under the term of Curb’s recording agreement with the singer. Big Machine plans to release McGraw’s new single, “Truck Yeah,” to country radio on Tuesday.
A press release announcing the trial postponement reveals Curb’s intention to keep vigorously battling McGraw in court. Despite a judge’s ruling last year allowing McGraw to record elsewhere, Curb maintains that McGraw is still under contract there and owes the label one more album. Curb is appealing that earlier ruling.
• Emily Robison, 39, of the Dixie Chicks and Court Yard Hounds is expecting her fourth child, People magazine reports. The baby is due in early September.
This will be Robison’s first child with boyfriend Martin Strayer. She is also the mother of twins Juliana Tex and Henry Benjamin, 7, and son Charles (“Gus”) Augustus, 9½, with ex-husband Charlie Robison.
Band mates Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire are mothers as well; Maines has two sons while Maguire has three daughters.
• Elizabeth Arden will release Taylor Swift’s second fragrance, Wonderstruck Enchanted, in October. The new scent is described as “Oriental gourmand with a balance of creamy flowers and sensual woods.”
• Craig Morgan makes his scripted acting debut on TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” on July 17 as Dr. Billy Ray Higgins, a medical examiner who comes to Boston for the Bullet and Blast Injuries Symposium. While visiting, he helps Jane Rizzoli (Morgan’s pal Angie Harmon) and Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) with a murder case. The show airs at 9 p.m. (ET).
• Jo Dee Messina has joined the Babble Voices team as a regular blog contributor to Babble.com. She will be the first musician to write for the popular parenting site. The “Backstage With Fumbling Mom” blog debuted July 1, and weekly posts will appear every Sunday. Messina, a mother of two sons, is also the author of her own parenting blog, “Fumbling Mom.” Click here to read her “Backstage With Fumbling Mom” posts.
about the blogger
Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.