Curb Madness: Label to Release Tim McGraw “Love Story” Album

December 16, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  19 Comments

After releasing a total of seven Greatest Hits releases in an attempt to keep Tim McGraw under contract indefinitely, after refusing to release his last album on the label Emotional Traffic, after insisting McGraw owed them yet another album and losing virtually every court case and decision while in a protracted legal battle with both McGraw and his new label Big Machine Records, finally releasing Emotional Traffic after they had found out they had lost, and releasing a duets album in an attempt to counteract Big Machine’s first Tim McGraw release, Curb Records is releasing yet another album from Tim McGraw; an artist that hasn’t called Curb Records home officially for over 2 years.

The album will be called Love Story and will feature Tim McGraw’s “12 biggest love songs,” two previously-unreleased recordings, and will be released exclusively through Wal-Mart on February 2nd, 2014.

Mike Curb and Curb Records have a long list of transgressions against their artists, refusing to release music in a timely manner to keep artists under contract, repackaging music to mislead consumers, and releasing music against the wishes of their artists. Along with Tim McGraw, Frank Zappa, The Beat Farmers, LeAnn Rimes, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams III, Jo Dee Messina, Clay Walker, Lyle Lovett, and others help comprise a long list of Mike Curb’s transgressions against artists.

tim-mcgraw-love-story-albumTrack List:

  1. It’s You Love – Featuring Faith Hill
  2. Just To See You Smile
  3. My Best Friend
  4. When The Stars Go Blue
  5. She’s My Kind Of Rain
  6. Everywhere
  7. Not A Moment Too Soon
  8. Watch The Wind Blow By
  9. My Little Girl
  10. Unbroken
  11. Tiny Dancer
  12. Still
  13. I Just Love You (Previously Unreleased)
  14. What About You (Previously Unreleased)

19 Comments to “Curb Madness: Label to Release Tim McGraw “Love Story” Album”

  • The love of money is the root of all evil.

    Pride comes before the fall.

    A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.


  • I am surprised Hank Jr put up with Mike Curbs BS.
    Seriously though what is Mike Curbs issues. Why ruin these singers when Tim McGraw was a huge money maker for 10 years? He also ruined my favorite group Trick Pony.


  • At this point, it feels like an extended “Saturday Night Live” skit, and I don’t even know how to respond exactly.

    It’s just………….bizarrely amusing. I fail to see how this strategy benefits Curb Records at all. And, after three consecutive Top Two hits, I’m sure this isn’t going to counteract and/or sabotage McGraw’s modest momentum with Big Machine if they’re doing so out of spite.

    What’s next: an EP compilation of songs referencing food he likes? (“Do You Want Fries With That?”, “Seniorita Magarita”) ;)


    • Don’t give him any ideas. They could exclusively give it away at Taco Bell when you buy two 1lb burritos and a drink.


      • Come get the Tim McGraw combo for fourthmeal! Only at Taco Bell. Limitations and restrictions apply. Only while supplies last until Mike Curb releases another compilation by an artist he screwed over.


  • if Mike Curb wants to re-release some music,how about the Rad soundtrack? the prices people are asking for the original vinyl are ridiculous…


  • This does not surprise me, Mike Curb is a dick! I saw this on FB last night and checked it out, they want 32 dollars for it, begs the question does Tim know about this and if he does I hope he sues them for everything they have!!!! I Love Tim but I will NOT buy anything by any artist on Curbs label and I know millions of Tim’s fans will agree with me!!! Mike Curb’s stupidity knows no bounds!!! Money is all he is after, God help the artists who are still with him. I myself usually buy anything by Tim but not this, NOT GOING TO LINE CURBS POCKETS WITH MY HARD EARNED MONEY


  • What a ego -this Curb has !!! If he had spent all this energy taking care of his artists, he would’nt be a laughing stock now! Curb please go away and leave Tim alone.


  • I’ll say this much…if Mike Curb showed up at one of my shows and handed me a record deal, I wouldn’t sign it. Curb does a great job making money – but integrity doesn’t seem to be the label’s strong suit. To me, some things are more important than the dollar. Many things, actually.


  • Although I shouldn’t, I’m surprised Wal-Mart went to the proverbial well with Curb, again. I worked for Handleman which distributed CDs to 1/3 of the Wal-mart accounts; Anderson was responsible for the rest of the chain. Although we’d only be on the hook for shipping cost and inventory space, we’d always try to take Wal-mart out of these kind of exclusive deals with labels. And that was in 2008!
    It’s hard to imagine Mike Curb sitting in an office in Bentonville pitching this idea to Wal-mart executives, but it obviously worked. I bet they agreed to ship 30k.
    Aren’t McGraw fans informed enough by now to not purchase this collection?
    McGraw and Big Machine should retaliate with some digital only EP that week to make fans choose between the two.
    Does anyone know the first week numbers for Garth Brook’s exclusive? I know that I was a totally different animal with TV exposure and some “original – like” material, but curious to see if any numbers were released.


    • Garth’s first week sales were huge. Over 100K units. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard country chart, and then went to #1 on the all genre chart the next week, beating out Brittney Spears’ debut. Don’t think Tim can pull these numbers, but we’ll see what kind of push Curb gives it. It also won’t have the benefit of the Christmas buying rush. This may be just as much spit in the eye of Big Machine as anything.


  • Can we add Hal Ketchum to the list of artists screwed over by Mike Curb? Also Trick Pony and later, Heidi Newfield. Didn’t she just get out of her contract with them? Anyone know what the background on this?


    • Let’s just add the entire Curb roster in the history of the label except for Rodney Adkins who re-singed in the midst of legal trouble.


  • this is a despicable person…not worth our time to condemn. karma’s gonna be bitch for you Mike Curb!!


  • I think we will see Curb make many more McGraw releases in the years to come. I’m sure he has enough unreleased recordings to make it worthwhile. I doubt he is concerned about initial sales and that over time he will make at least enough to keep his shrine to himself at updated. If nothing else, anyone doing a search for Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ will run across this – I bet that’s not an accident.


  • Mike Curb: /hy-e-na/ n : nocturnal carnivorous thief of musical talent


  • Pure ego. This guy is downright ego driven to the point of insanity. Take your money close up shop and pack it in. Your time has passed. Why anybody would ever sign with curb again is beyond me.


  • Curb records: shame on you! You call yourself professionals treating Tim and so many other incredible artists the way you have. Its an insult to Tim and his fans that you would release yet again another “greatest hits” album and so close to Tims new album release again. Grow up and accept your defeat!!


  • I used to work for the company that distributed Tim’s old label. In my position, I dealt with a large one stop, nationally. During my years at the company, I had many face to face meetings with the sales person from the label and I can tell you this…they are the cheapest of all the labels that my company distributed. They rarely ever spent a penny on marketing their artists albums. Speaking of Tim, here is a true story. One night during a meet and greet with Tim, one of the retail folks we brought in for the meet and greet, mentioned to Tim that they were excited about his new “greatest Hit’s CD coming out. Well, this new ‘greatest hits” CD was news to Tim and upon learning about it, we had to rush the meet and greet guests out of the room. Tim was upset and let his rage out on the room. I totally understood how Tim felt and he had every right to react the way he did. I am so glad that he is no longer recording for them, but it is just like them to continue milking what they have of his, now that he is no longer part of the label. Tim is a great guy and I hope the Big Machine family treats him and his music right.


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