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McGraw calls out record company’s latest hits collection

Randy Lewis
Los Angeles Times

Can we expect country superstar Tim McGraw’s update on Brenda Lee’s biggest hit sometime soon? McGraw sounds like he’s ready for a chorus of “I’m Sorry” in a statement he issued Tuesday apologizing for a new hits collection that his record label has issued for the holidays.

“I am saddened and disappointed that my label chose to put out another hits album instead of new music,” McGraw said in the statement.

“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.”

He’s referring to the “Greatest Hits 3” collection that Curb Records released last week. His previous hits compilation, “Greatest Hits, Vol. 2” came out in March 2006. Record companies commonly put such collections out during the final quarter because they’re popular as holiday gift items.

“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,” McGraw said. “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.’ “