Yearwood Files Suit Over Duet
Trisha Yearwood doesn't love "Love What Ya Do To Me," a new duet recording featuring her voice. The country singer filed a federal lawsuit in Nashville asking for an injunction to prevent manufactureTrisha Yearwood doesn't love "Love What Ya Do To Me," a new duet recording featuring her voice. The country singer filed a federal lawsuit in Nashville asking for an injunction to prevent manufacture and distribution of the recording and that the master recording be destroyed. The suit also seeks an unspecified amount of monetary damages.
The suit claims that Yearwood recorded the song for producer Jeff Teague in 1990, before she became a star. It was intended for use in pitching the song to other singers, not as a commercial release, according to the lawsuit.
"Demo recordings are intended to be used within the industry," Force Management, which represents Yearwood, said in a statement. "They are never intended to be made commercially available."
Written by Michael J. Young and Curtis Rucker the song features new vocals by Young that have been added to make "Love What Ya Do To Me" a duet, and is included on the Wanted Records release "Best Of Both Worlds," which is being sold on the label's Internet site.
A representative from Loeb & Loeb, Yearwood's legal representation, asserted that Teague, the producer of Yearwood's original vocal track, had nothing to do with the newly surfaced version of the song. "[Teague] is neither the target [of the lawsuit] or part of the resurrection [of the song]," the representative told Billboard.com, noting that the producer did not even know about the existence of the duet version until contacted by Loeb & Loeb.
"Both Trisha and MCA Records have repeatedly requested Michael J. to stop selling the recording and distributing it to radio stations," the Force statement adds. "We believe [Young's] actions violate Trisha's right to make her own artistic and creative decisions about her music and with whom she records. Because [Young] will not voluntarily stop selling and promoting this recording, we unfortunately have been forced to seek legal assistance to permanently remove the recording from the marketplace."
Yearwood's latest album, "Real Live Woman" (MCA Nashville) garnered a Grammy nomination for best country album and its title track was among those competing for best female country vocal performance. The artist will have a new, as-yet-untitled, studio album out in the spring. First single "I Would've Loved You Anyway" goes to radio next week.
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