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RIMES 'DEEPLY SORRY' ABOUT ALBUM

Singer LeAnn Rimes is telling fans on her Web site that she is "deeply sorry" about her new album.

"This album was made without my creative input," Rimes wrote in a Web site post Thursday about "I Need You," which was released Tuesday by Curb Records.

"It consists largely of unfinished material and songs that didn't make other albums. . . . I want to make abundantly clear to you 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."

Rimes, 18, has filed a lawsuit against Curb in an effort to get out of her contract. She said she signed with the label when she was 12 and didn't understand its terms.

Rimes is also suing her father, Wilbur Rimes, and former co-manager Lyle Walker, who together used to manage her career. She claims they have stolen more than $7 million from her. Wilbur Rimes has filed a countersuit against his daughter's company, LeAnn Rimes Entertainment.

Songs on the "I Need You" CD include a duet with Elton John, "Written in the Stars."

Rimes became a star at 13 with the hit "Blue."

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