After 10 months of legal wrangling, the Dixie Chicks are expected to sign a new deal soon with Sony Music Entertainment, their label for the past five years, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. The Chick

After 10 months of legal wrangling, the Dixie Chicks are expected to sign a new deal soon with Sony Music Entertainment, their label for the past five years, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. The Chicks and manager Simon Renshaw are currently in New York working out the deal with top-level Sony executives. In recent weeks, the group had been widely rumored to be heading to Capitol Records.

On July 13, 2001, the Chicks' attorneys served Sony with a notice that their contract with the major's Monument label was terminated "by reason of Sony's material misconduct and material breaches." The group still owed five albums. Sony responded with a lawsuit seeking to prevent the group from exiting, calling the Chicks' charges "trumped up and baseless." Sony said in the suit that it stood to lose at least $100 million in revenues if the group left.

The Chicks countersued, claiming fraud and breach of contract and saying they had "no intention of 'bargaining' with Sony or otherwise continuing their recording careers with Sony."

Renshaw tells Billboard Bulletin he is "still talking to some other people about other options. Don't be surprised by any last minute upsets. It really is far from done." Sony executives could not be reached for comment.

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