Tucker Sues Record Co. For Big Bucks

Long time country hit-maker Tanya Tucker is suing Capitol records, her record label home for more than 12 years, for a whopping $300,000. The songstress, who recently requested to be dropped from the label’s roster, charges that Capitol has favored another artist on the label and ignored her. Although the lawsuit does not mention the name of the other artist, according to Nashville’s The Tennessean, the company has devoted much of its budgeting and promotional efforts toward the latest Garth Brooks release, Sevens. The suit also claims that up until the release of her 30th album, Complicated, in 1997, all of her previous releases were highly successful from a sales standpoint. The singer and mother of two had reportedly asked to be released from Capitol some time back as well, but was forced to record two additional albums. Pat Quigley, who has received a considerable amount of criticism since he replaced Scott Hendricks as Capitol Nashville chief last November, allegedly told Tucker’s representatives that “Capitol was not Tanya Tucker’s home.” Since her recording stint began at Capitol in 1986, Tucker has sold more than two-million units according to Soundscan, a computer system designed to track album sales. The albums reflecting such figures include her 1992 release of Can’t Run From Yourself; 93’s Greatest Hits disc; 93’s Soon; Fire To Fire, released in ’95; and last year’s Complicated, which has only sold 147,000 units.