Rimes Ends Dispute, Re-Signs With Curb

After a year of battling in court to be free of the contract she signed with Curb Records at age 12, LeAnn Rimes has made the surprising decision to re-sign with the label, Billboard Bulletin reports.

After a year of battling in court to be free of the contract she signed with Curb Records at age 12, LeAnn Rimes has made the surprising decision to re-sign with the label, Billboard Bulletin reports. "We're thrilled that we've come to a new agreement with LeAnn and anxious to start a brand-new chapter in our relationship," Curb chairman Mike Curb tells Bulletin. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"I am looking forward to continuing to evolve creatively and professionally as an artist, but more important, I am really excited to be able to share my new music with the fans," Rimes tells Bulletin. She has been working on a project with writer/producer Desmond Child that Curb hopes to release next year.

Last November, shortly after turning 18, Rimes filed a lawsuit seeking to terminate the recording contract she and her parents signed with Curb in 1995. In March, a Nashville judge refused to break the contract; she later appealed the decision.

On Monday, Rimes withdrew the last of her litigation against Curb in the Tennessee courts, clearing the way for the new deal. Rimes has not yet settled a lawsuit pending against her father, Wilbur Rimes, who is also her former producer and co-manager. Also pending is her father's countersuit against LeAnn Rimes Entertainment Inc. Earlier this year, the singer settled a lawsuit against her former co-manager, Lyle Walker.
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