Tim McGraw (pictured above uplifting a rowdy fan from a Washington show this summer) just issued a press release in which he apologizes for putting out yet another greatest hits album. The album was apparently released by Curb Records without McGraw’s involvement, and he had this to say in his defense:
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.'
Is that...integrity I sense? A mainstream country artist is not only admitting to but also appalled by the fact that his label is clearly just trying to make some holiday gift-frenzy cash? What say you? Does McGraw deserve some props for this move, or could he have prevented Greatest Hits 3’s release had he genuinely tried?