Curb Releases Tim McGraw Single ‘Right Back Atcha Babe’

December 21, 2011 - By Trigger  //  News  //  10 Comments

On Monday Curb Records released a brand new single from Tim McGraw’s long-disputed album Emotional Traffic called “Right Back Atcha Babe”. This is the second single Curb has released from the album. The first, “Better Than I Used To Be” was released mere hours after Tim McGraw won a crucial court battle against Curb that allowed him to pursue recording music with a new label or independently if he so chooses. The single is available on iTunes.

The timing of the single release is somewhat puzzling. The “Better Than I Used To Be” single was released only 3 weeks ago. Curb has been recognized for being on the cutting edge of waiting much longer in between releases of albums and singles as the song cycle elongates in the contracting music environment. So the “Right Back Atcha Babe” release seems counter-intuitive to Curb’s modus operandi. Meanwhile many Tim McGraw fans are refusing to partake in Emotional Traffic and it’s singles, not wanting their money to go to the label that kept McGraw under thumb for many years. One reviewer on iTunes wrote:

Please don’t buy this. Curb Records has been screwing over Timmy and his fans for years…download this illegally, and support Tim McGraw some other way, like buying a ticket to one of his shows.

McGraw’s Emotional Traffic was finally given a release date from Curb of January 17th, 2012, but in a statement to his fans, McGraw alluded to moving on from the Emotional Traffic content, and that “After the first of the year I’ll have a brand new single which I can hardly wait to share with everyone.

10 Comments to “Curb Releases Tim McGraw Single ‘Right Back Atcha Babe’”

  • The removed the “best ever” quote from the cd cover photo on Amazon :) and I wonder why no one has published the court’s opinion. Perhaps they hold that back when an appeal is filed. Word is they are going to release a few more singles before the album release. They’re posted on youtube and the boycott continues.


  • I’ve been posting this today:

    “DOUCHE BAG CURB has ‘re-released’ 13 songs on STRAIGHT TO HELL (once again) thru Amazon and advertising it as: “Straight To Hell Amended”
    “Hank Williams III’s New Album Releasing on December 14, 2011″


    • Obviously, people should not buy this. However, I do not feel confident at the moment saying this is some Curb dirty trick. It very well might be. I’ve got some calls and emails out to folks to try and determine this. That Amazon link still has the release date as 2006. There’s even a review from 2006 on the page. An “amended” version of this album came out the same day that the regular version came out. This was part of the agreement to release the album so that Wal-Mart could carry it. The only thing I’ve seen change is the cover, but Curb has not done a press release for this, stocked it on shelves, or anything like that. This may just be Amazon sending emails out to folks alerting them of the change, not some serious re-issue. For all we know, Hank3 asked them to change to cover so that folks knew the difference between the real and amended version. This very well might be a Curb dirty trick, but until I can know for sure, I don’t want to be the boy that cried wolf.


      • what I have in quotes above is directly from the Amazon email I got this morning. What I found odd was the December 14th new album release statement I quoted….a ‘release’ date????


  • To get back to the Curb releases,this seems more like a both a marketing and legal ploy…Dump singles out into the marketplace,fans and radio show low interest in them, then claim in court that these songs were ‘dated’ and collect damages. If there were real interest in the singles both from consumers and radio,Curb would be cashing in from the get go. Either way,Curb tries to make back some of its’ loss


  • […] hasn’t commented on it, some of his fans say they will be protesting Curb’s release. Saving Country Music posted one fan’s angry comment from the ‘Right Back Atcha Babe’ iTunes page: […]


  • […] Curb Records deliberately tanking the singles on their last Tim McGraw […]


  • I don’t think Curb is trying to tank this. Better Than I Used to Be will do well at radio and there are a couple of others that have potential. They put our an unbelievable press release yesterday (saccharine) and they are promoting this when they pretty much haven’t promoted him in the past 5 years or more. They want to make a buck off this and they’re releasing 4 or 5 songs on iTunes to generate interest. Then they’ll hope his stadium tour with Chesney will rake in more sales. Waste not want not.

    Here is the press release:


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