October 14, 2008
Tim McGraw Apologizes to Fans for Label’s Decision To Release Greatest Hits 3
NASHVILLE – (October 14, 2008)- Curb Records released a third hits package on Tim McGraw last week, a CD that was put into record stores without his involvement. McGraw has been working on a new studio album for over a year and debuted three new songs on this year’s “Live Your Voice Tour.” It was his desire to have the new record out this fall but Curb wanted to release a greatest hits CD to extend McGraw’s recording contract term.
I am saddened and disappointed that my label chose to put out another hits album instead of new music,” said Tim McGraw. “I’ve only had one studio album since my last hits package. It has to be just as confusing to the fans as it is to me. I had no involvement in the creation or presentation of this record. Sure I love the songs and I don’t want to take anything away from all the creative people who were a part of making those records. But the whole concept is an embarrassment to me as an artist. In the spirit of an election year, I would simply say to my fans “I’m Tim McGraw and I don’t approve their message.”
In his review of McGraw’s latest greatest hits collection, Kevin denounced Curb’s decision to create this superfluous addition to the singer’s catalog. When one of the cornerstone acts of country music in the last decade must be submissive in the face of label demands, the tenuous relationship between record label and artist is exposed. Of course, major labels deserve credit for being the most powerful channel to promote the music, but where is the line drawn between dealing with the artist’s needs and delivering the most profitable product?