Country superstar Tim McGraw has apologized to his fans for Curb Records' decision to release a third greatest hits package of his material. According to a release from his publicist, "Greatest Hits 3" was released on Oct. 7 without McGraw's involvement.

McGraw has been working on a new studio album for over a year and debuted three new songs on this year's "Live Your Voice Tour," according to his publicist. "It was his desire to have the new record out this fall but Curb wanted to release a greatest hits CD to extend McGraw's recording contract term," the statement reads.

"I am saddened and disappointed that my label chose to put out another hits album instead of new music," McGraw said in a 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. 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,'" McGraw concluded.

In a statement, Curb claims its executive VP/GM Dennis Hannon "had numerous conversations with McGraw's representatives" about the album. But the label admits it shares McGraw's "disappointment with the first week's sales levels," which it blames on "the collapse of the economic and finance markets."

McGraw's two prior hits packages have been monster sellers. The first volume, released in 2000, has shifted more than 5.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while the second has moved 2.2 million since its 2006 release. The two collections were combined earlier this year into a single package.