There wasn’t much happening on the radio for Tim in 2011.
Of course, “much” is a relative term. Tim has a huge collection or radio hits that will always be popular on country radio. It Felt Good On My Lips continued to be a huge hit throughout the year. I heard Southern Voice a number of times throughout 2011. And there were a ton of classics like Don’t Take The Girl, I Like It, I Love It, My Next Thirty Years, and many others were on country radio every day.
Early in the spring Tim hit the road to support his Emotional Traffic record. The only issue was the album has yet to see the light of day. Tim was busy playing shows in arenas across the country. He was previewing tracks from the record, but people were confused since they had yet to hear any of the music.
It was confusing to many and there is still some questions out there concerning what exactly is happening with Tim and his record label.
Through all the disagreements with the business side of things, Tim appears as driven as ever to make himself a success. 2012 should bring many more milestones in the career of Tim McGraw.
Tim McGraw in 2012
Where has Tim McGraw been in 2011?
That’s the question a few people were asking. It’s common for artists to take a few months off from having a single on the radio, but months went by and soon the entire year of 2011 had gone by without a new single from Tim McGraw.
For most of the year Tim was out on tour supporting an album he had turned in to Curb. The album, Emotional Traffic, had plenty (according to live videos from ) of potential singles including Right Back At Ya and Better Than I Used To Be, but there has been no word of when the album will be released.
Tim enters 2012 with plenty of items on his list of things, but the pending court battle looms large over his future music career.
Tim McGraw vs. Curb Records
Tim signed with Curb back in 1990. Things got off to a slow start with Tim’s first album, but after the second album took off things really went into the stratosphere. Tim and Curb never looked back and Tim became one of the biggest stars country music has ever seen. Tim has been a staple of consistency with his music ever since 1994 so it’s weird when things are quiet on the music front.
Tim entered 2011 coming off the release of his 34 Number Ones album. The album featured a new single, Felt Good On My Lips, and everything seemed to be going well. The single hit #1 on the charts and Ones went gold.
Tim also saw a single from his movie Country Strong do fairly well on the charts. The duet, Me And Tennessee, with Gwyneth Paltrow reached the top 40 in 2011, but there was no new music from just Tim.
Later in the year it surfaced that Tim had delivered an album, Emotional Traffic, to Curb, but Curb was dissatisfied with the timing of the album delivery. Curb claimed Tim had given them the album too soon after his last record. From a fan perspective that sounds fishy.
There has to be some sort of weird clause in Tim’s contract with Curb that states that Curb can release a compilation album and keep Tim under contract for another album. The first instance of this occurred when Curb released Greatest Hits 3 just a couple years after Greatest Hits 2 was released. It was strange and Tim even came out and said he didn’t support the record.
Now Curb released Number Ones and it seemed strange again. Why another compilation?
Tim kept mostly quiet on the legal side of things as Curb sued the superstar over his contract and Emotional Traffic. It’s sad to see this playing out this way between what was a successful partnership.
The fans lose out of more great music from an artist they love. You’d think each party could give a little and come to an agreement that keeps momentum going and music and profits flowing.
It should all come to a head in November 2011 and July 2012 – the two big court dates scheduled to resolve the issue.
The hope is that no matter what happens there will be new music from Tim either on Curb or somewhere else.
Tim and Faith Head Down Under
On a happier note, Tim and Faith are in the news again.
The country couple is heading down under to Australia for their first ever tour of the continent. Tim and Faith have a string of dates coming up in March of 2012. Alan Jackson hit the road down under in 2011 and the shows were apparently big sellouts. There is every reason to believe Tim and Faith will find excited audiences as well. They are some of the biggest stars in the world and Australia apparently loves their country music.
Tim and Kenny Hit the Road Again
Now here is some interesting news.
Tim and Kenny Chesney are reportedly hitting the road together in 2012. This would be the first time since the police horse incident back in 2000. The two country pals are older and more mature these days. I’m not sure if the tour will have quite the headlines that the tour back in 2000 ended up having.
Tim has since quit drinking and Kenny has slowed down a bit on the partying side of things…at least when it comes to making headlines.
The other part of the rumor is that Kenny and Tim will release a single in 2012. The duet would be the first time since the pair teamed up with buddy Tracy Lawrence for 2006’s Find Out Who Your Friends Are. It should be interesting to see if this works out. Maybe Tim thinks he really has a shot at getting out of the Curb contract if he’s rumbling about a duet with Kenny.
It usually takes, as Blake Shelton recently stated, an artist leaving their label for a collaboration like this to occur. We’ll see what happens, but it would be awesome to have a Tim and Kenny single in 2012.
New Single and New Album
There should be a new album from Tim McGraw in 2012.
Depending on how things shake out with the lawsuits we might get Emotional Traffic or we might get entirely new music. Either way I think we’re due for something from Tim in 2012. It’s been a couple years since the last single from Southern Voice was out and Tim is too smart to keep quiet on the radio for too long. He knows it’s important to keep things going.
Maybe that’s what Curb is hoping for – Tim to blink and relent on some of the finer points in the dispute.
Tim is a fighter, though and has shown a stubborn side in the past. He might have confidence in himself and his ability to come back after a long absence from the charts. Maybe he’ll wait to see how things shake out and push Curb to the point of releasing him from his contract.
Tim had a hit with Country Strong at the end of 2010. The movie carried over into 2011. The movie did fairly well at the box office, but it was nothing like the success of The Blind Side, Tim’s hit from 2009. That movie was huge and even though Tim was in a supporting role he was still a large part of the success.
Tim is rumored for one new movie, Paradi$e, in the future, but details are foggy. It might end up that Tim is not even in the movie.
Other than that there isn’t much news on the movie front from Tim at this point heading into 2012.
It was a bit of a disappointing year for Tim. Sure, he was busy out on tour, but from a new music standpoint things were frustrating. Tim is fighting his longtime label for control over his recording future. It will be interesting to see how things shake out.
Either way, I think we’ll have new music from Tim in 2012 including a new album.
Plus there is the tour with Faith and the potential tour and duet with Kenny.
Tim McGraw could have a big 2012 on the way.