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LeAnn Rimes continues to distance herself from her former record label, Curb Records, and the new album they released Tuesday, I Need You.

LeAnn posted an open letter to her fans on her official website ( Thursday, in which she explained why she sued her father and former manager, as well as her views on the new album.

Here's what the 18-year-old had to say:

To My Fans:

As many or all of you know, this has been a difficult year for me! In the year before I turned 18 and since, I have been working on getting my business set up in a way that I would like to see it. Unfortunately, in order to do that I had to file a lawsuit against my previous manager and my father.

This was an extremely difficult decision because I love my father very much. However, I had no other choice. Another objective of mine was to have a record contract that would be fair both to me and to the record company. At 12 years of age, with my father's advice, I signed a contract with Curb Records. The terms of the contract were never properly explained to me until recently. I did not know, among other things, that the contract with Curb Records was for an initial period plus 6 option periods with multiple albums during each period. This is not fair. I chose at 18 to disaffirm the contract.

In December, I was informed by Rendee that Curb Records planned on releasing another album. As you can imagine, I was shocked! This album was made without my creative input. It consists largely of unfinished material and songs that didn't make other albums. I have not heard the album so I cannot tell you my opinion on it. But what I want to make abundantly clear to you is that this album is not a reflection of myself as an artist, but is solely the conception of Curb Records, and for that I am truly and deeply sorry.

I want you to also know that your support in these difficult times is extremely important to me. I cherish every letter and never lose sight of you, my fans!

-LeAnn Rimes


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