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Curb Records released a third hits package on Tim, a CD that was put into record stores without his involvement. Tim has been working on a new studio album 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 Tim’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. “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.’”
Tim’s label has responded to his comments, stating that there were “numerous conversations with McGraw’s representatives with respect to all aspects of the Greatest Hits 3 album.” The label adds, “Nevertheless, we share Tim McGraw's disappointment with the first week’s sales levels and we acknowledge that unfortunately the week that this album was released was right at the peak of the collapse of the economic and finance markets. We are going to work hard to try to take the current single, ‘Let It Go,’ to No. 1 in hopes that the economic climate is improving and that sales will also improve.”