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Scotty McCreery sued by former manager

Scotty McCreery.

Uh oh! Season 10 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is being sued by his former manager, Todd Cassetty. Todd filed a lawsuit in Tennessee stating that the 19-year-old star has never paid him for his work or services rendered starting in October 2012.

Scotty isn’t taking the accusation lightly, saying in a statement:

“There is no truth to these allegations. I have offered to pay Todd more than once, but he wanted an unreasonable amount for only five months of work. Anyone who knows me knows how I conduct myself, so I am not worried they will believe any of this. This is just an attempt to embarrass me and my family. The facts will come out when we have our day in court.”

Scotty was signed to Todd as his first entertainment contract after Scotty had finished his post-Idol XIX Entertainment management contract. It happened around the same time as Scotty’s release of his Christmas album “Christmas with Scotty.”

The lawsuit claims that Scotty’s mother wrote an e-mail to Todd saying that he was “unofficially officially” Scotty’s new manager, and would be compensated with 15 to 20 percent – which is industry standard. Todd then says in the lawsuit that he only received 2 percent of gross revenue while under contract with Scotty. However, he was never given a written contract by Scotty or his mother.

Todd is seeking actual and punitive damages from Scotty, as well as covering his legal costs. He accuses the star of breach of contract and fraud. The lawsuit calls Scotty and Judith McCreery, as well as Scotty’s production company Blue Crew Productions Inc as the defendants in the case.

 

Curb Records taking Tim McGraw back to court

Tim McGraw.

Just when everyone thought the Curb Records vs. Tim McGraw court battle was finally done, Tim’s former record label threw a curve ball. The label won its battle to take the case to a Federal Court, and have sent us their response to the news. Check out why Curb Records says they’re so happy to be going back to court against Tim McGraw and his new record label Big Machine Records.

The following is a statement sent out by Curb Records:

Curb Records, Inc. was pleased to learn that Nashville’s Federal Court took jurisdiction of Curb Records’ continuing lawsuit with Tim McGraw and Big Machine Records. The lawsuit raises issues of tremendous significance which are important not only to Curb Records, but also to the recording industry and many other industries – the enforceability of contracts in Tennessee. Curb Records contends in the lawsuit that:

  • McGraw ignored his obligation to deliver his required Fifth Option Period album to Curb Records; and
  • The album he did provide, Emotional Traffic, consisted of old material recorded before the time during which he was permitted to record the Fifth Option Period album; and
  • McGraw ignored his delivery obligations and Curb Records’ approval rights; and
  • McGraw destroyed or erased many recordings owned by Curb Records; and
  • McGraw refused to accept his recording advance check and sent the check back to Curb Records so that McGraw could claim non-payment; and
  • McGraw attempted to deliver the required Fifth Option Period album before he was allowed to do so, attempting to end his recording obligations prematurely, among other things.

Jason Aldean files for divorce

Jason Aldean. photo credit: James Minchin III

Jason Aldean has filed for divorce from his wife, and TMZ has sent us the official documents. The country music superstar married his high school sweetheart Jessica Ussery, who has been by his side since the start of his career. The pair were not together at the Academy of Country Music Awards Red Carpet earlier this month. Jason, whose last name is legally Williams, filed on April 26th, for irreconcilable differences. They have two daughters together, Keeley and Kendyl.

Jason released a statement late yesterday about his divorce proceedings:

“This is a really tough time for my entire family. Jessica and I have been together since we were teenagers. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs over the years as we grew up together as a couple. She will always be important to me because she is the mother of my children, and I know that we will both always make our daughters our #1 priority.

I’ve learned that everyone always rushes to judgment when they hear news like this. That’s really hard because no one knows anything about our relationship but us. I understand that because of my job, I have to go through a lot of this in the public eye, but for my girls’ sake I really wish people would give us some level of privacy and at the very least be respectful of them.”

EDIT: we have removed the divorce documents as personal information was not blacked out.

Billy Currington dropped by NASCAR race

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Things are starting to get a little worse for Billy Currington. After news that he was indicted on making terroristic threats towards a charter boat captain who had passed by his dock, NASCAR has announced that he will be replaced by Josh Turner at the Sprint All-Star Race. The line-up change was made official on Friday morning. The race and concert was scheduled for May 18th, and officials chose to go with the South Carolina native as Billy’s replacement.

Marcus Smith, President and general manager of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, said:

“Due to Currington’s recent indictment, we elected to change our act for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.”

Billy had turned himself in to authorities on April 15th after he was indicted. He posted bail a few hours later in Savannah, Georgia. His indictment also included an elder abuse charge as the boat captain is over 70 years old.

 

Billy Currington indicted for Terroristic Threats

Billy Currington

According to a report in The Tennessean, Billy Currington was indicted by a Georgia jury for making “terroristic threats” towards a charter boat captain. The ship was making a tour with two paying customers when they passed by Billy’s home, and Billy became upset and starting shouting. The boat continued on its tour, but circled back later… with an even bigger reaction from the country star. Billy grabbed a camera and chased the ship back to its slip, threatening to beat up the captain once he was back on land.

The police report quoted in the article goes on to say that Billy nearly knocked an elderly man into the water on a nearby dock when he got too close while chasing the charter. The country star was not arrested after the incident, but police were called to the scene.

Billy thanked his fans on Twitter for sticking by him during his legal battle. He said:

“Hey guys, I wanted to thank everyone for the huge amount of support that I have received already. Unfortunately, I can’t comment on this situation as this is an ongoing legal matter. It means a lot to me to have your support during this time.”

He also took to his Twitter page on the date of the incident, on April 17th, to say:

“harrassing artists often at their home by boat should be illegal. thas all i know.”

The Tennessean is also reporting that Billy intended to file his own charges against the boat captain, but was unable to find documents acknowledging this today. What do you think? Did Billy go overboard, or does he have a point about celebrity privacy? Let us know below, on Facebook, or on our Twitter page.

Garth Brooks being sued

Garth Brooks.

Garth Brooks is being sued by a former business partner. The country icon is facing the heat against Lisa Sanderson, reports TMZ, for unpaid salary, bonuses, and and punitive damages. She worked with Garth for over 20 years as a television producer to help jump-start his acting career, and she is claiming that it was Garth himself who stopped him from roles in “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Twister.” She also claims that he killed deals with Disney, Fox, and many others because of the way he acted or because of his demands.

The lawsuit was filed by Marty Singer and Allison Hart. Lisa is asking for $425,000 from Garth, claiming she was lied to about the salary she’d receive if she stuck around.

Read the whole story over at TMZ and let us know what you think – do you believe this story? Or do you think it’s someone trying to cash in on a country legend? Sound off below, or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Julianne Hough victim of jewelry theft

Julianne Hough.

Former country singer Julianne Hough was a victim of a pretty serious car theft in Los Angeles on Friday night. The singer/actress/dancer left $100,000 worth of jewelry in her Mercedes at a Hollywood apartment complex while visiting a friend. When she came back to the lot afterwards, everything was missing… and what’s worse is that the three pricey pieces of jewelry were a gift from her boyfriend, Ryan Seacrest. Included in the theft was a $50,000 watch, reports TMZ.

There were no signs of visible forced entry on the scene, so its possible that she left her car unlocked. The “That Song In My Head” singer had found the car door left wide open.

Curb Records Releases Statement on Appeal Ruling

Tim McGraw.

Curb Records released a statement today regarding the ruling of the appeal case of the record label against superstar Tim McGraw. See what they said and let us know what you think:

The fundamental issue in this case is whether Tim McGraw fully performed under his contract with Curb Records. That issue has yet to be ruled on by any court, and will be the subject of a full trial on the merits scheduled for later this year. As to that fundamental issue, however, the Court of Appeals in its ruling yesterday reiterated the earlier sentiment expressed by the trial court that Curb Records has shown some likelihood of success on its breach of contract claims, and that Curb Records will be entitled to seek to recover compensatory damages from Mr. McGraw at the upcoming trial.

The only legal effect of the ruling by the Court of Appeals yesterday was to affirm the trial court’s earlier decision that one of the remedies requested by Curb Records against Mr. McGraw, injunctive relief (i.e., a ruling by the court preventing Mr. McGraw from recording elsewhere until he had fully performed under his recording agreement with Curb Records), was not appropriate under the particular facts and circumstances of this case. We respectfully disagree with today’s ruling by the Court of Appeals on that issue, and we intend to continue to pursue this issue, including through the further appeals process as appropriate, in light of the significance of the underlying principles involved.

Those principles include our belief that contracts must be enforced as written, and in particular that exclusive personal services agreements with individuals, such as Mr. McGraw, who possess unique and extraordinary talent, must be subject to enforcement by injunctive relief. This is particularly true in the music industry, where companies invest millions of dollars based on the enforceability of such exclusivity provisions. As such, the principles involved are material not just to Curb Records, but to the viability of the music industry in Tennessee as a whole, as well as all other industries that contract with such unique and extraordinary talents.

Justin Moore Sued For Copyright Infringement

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The Tennessean is reporting today that Justin Moore is being sued for alleged copyright infringement on his 2009 single “Backwoods.” Songwriter Bobby Carmichael and Louisiana-based fiddle player Britton Curry are claiming that their song matches Justin’s both lyrically and in pitch and rhythm. Justin and his label have not yet commented on the case, which as been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Britton and Bobby’s song was copyrighted in 2003 and filed with the U.S. Copyright Office according to the report. The pair shopped the song around major labels in Music City in 2005. They are also claiming that Island Bound publishing somehow secured the song and then songwriter Jamie Paulson approached Justin with the single three years later. The single appeared on Justin’s debut album and the pair are claiming he made an unknown amount of money on a “stolen idea.”

The pair, who claimed to hear the single on the radio back in February, are wanting $150,000 in damages from Justin and Big Machine Label Group. It’s undetermined how many times Justin may have infringed on their copyright if he did.

Intellectual property lawyer Ramona DeSalvo is handling the case for Britton and Bobby. Both sides are scheduled to meet October 1st with a judge for a pre-trial discussion.

Tim McGraw Loses Court Battle Against Curb Records

Tim McGraw.

Read the full statement from Curb Records below and let us know what you think – was the court right?

The Court in Nashville has ruled in favor of Curb Records in a chapter of its lawsuit against Tim McGraw — in which, among other things, Curb Records contends that Tim is still under contract because he has not provided his Fifth Option Period Album. The Court granted Curb Records’ request to postpone the trial until it has the opportunity to take additional evidence surrounding Big Machine Records’ signing of Tim and when the 20 recordings Big Machine says it will release were made. In addition, the Court of Appeals will soon hear the appeal of the Nashville trial judge’s earlier ruling in which he found that, while it appeared Tim may have breached his Recording Agreement and had failed to deliver the Fifth Option Period Album, he would not issue an injunction pending the trial to prevent Tim from signing with a new record company until he had fulfilled his commitments to Curb Records. The Court found that even though he did not enjoin Tim from signing with another company, Tim may be liable for his failure to perform. The Court of Appeals will determine whether an injunction should have been issued.

While Big Machine Records has announced that it had signed Tim McGraw and would be releasing an album apparently from those “20 new recordings,” Curb Records believes, and has asked the Court to find, that Tim remains under contract and the “20 recordings” belong to Curb, as they were recorded during the term of Curb’s Recording Agreement.