Friday, October 17, 2008
– Curb Records took issue with comments made by Tim McGraw earlier this week in saying he had "no involvement" in putting out his third greatest hits package when he was expecting a CD of new music to come out.
Curb Records' Executive V.P. and General Manager Dennis Hannon said in a statement "that he had numerous conversations with McGraw's representatives with respect to all aspects of the 'Greatest Hits 3' album."
McGraw said on Tuesday, "I am saddened and disappointed that my label chose to put out another hits album instead of new music. 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.'"
The new disc debuted at number one on the Billboard country album chart released Thursday with 44,000 units sold.
The statement also said, "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 number one in hopes that the economic climate is improving and that sales will also improve.
McGraw's statement made no mention of sales figures.
McGraw has worked on a new studio album for more than a year and debuted three new songs on this year's "Live Your Voice Tour." McGraw wanted new music out this fall, but Curb wanted to release a greatest hits CD to extend McGraw's recording contract term, according to McGraw. The new greatest disc contains 12 songs, including a live version of Real Good Man and Nine Lives featuring Def Leppard, which was previously released by the rock band.
Curb spokesperson Liz Cavanaugh said Friday she was unsure when McGraw's new disc would be released.