Tim McGraw’s forthcoming album “All I Want” just might make him the next Garth Brooks.
In one year, McGraw, who plays the Spokane Interstate Fair with Martina McBride on Sunday, sold more than five million copies of his debut album “Not a Moment too Soon,” placing him in the elite class of Garth Brooks and Pink Floyd as one of the year’s best-selling artists.
In June, the Nashville singer’s album was named album of the year by the Academy of Country Music. He was named top new male vocalist.
McGraw’s sophomore effort lands in stores on September 19. So far, nearly two million copies of “All I Want” have already been pre-ordered by music stores throughout the country.
Needless to say, the album will be met with a massive promotional campaign.
The night before release, McGraw’s label Curb Records will stage a major worldwide radio listening party on Sept. 18. Fans as far away as Russia and Japan will be able to tune into the broadcast.
“That’s going to be fun,” said the 28-year-old in a recent phone interview (via cellular phone while riding his mountain bike).
“I think they said there’s going to be 800 million people listening. It’s even going to be on the Armed Forces Network.”
During the show, McGraw will join host Charlie Chase live, in the studio in Miami. He might even perform a couple of the songs acoustically.
When asked to confirm that he’s rapidly becoming the next big thing in country music, McGraw humbly ducked the question.
“Well I don’t know about that,” he said. “I’m just trying to stay on top of the game.”
One thing he does know is that he’s recorded a much better record this time, which will likely translate into even better sales than his first album.
“I think I’ve improved a great deal,” he said. “I think the material is better. In interpreting the material, I think I’m a better singer. That’s all I want to do is just get better all of the time.”
McGraw, who is playing songs from “All I Want” on his current trek, will tour the country well into the winter to support the record.
Then, early next year, he’ll head overseas to Australia, New Zealand and Europe, places where country music is growing quite popular.
“Our stuff is doing quite well over there,” said McGraw “I’m excited about getting over there and doing it.”
Opener McBride is quickly rising, too.
Her new album “Wild Angels” comes out a week after McGraw’s.
On Sunday, McBride, too, will debut songs from her brand new album.
Like McGraw’s, this album is also expected to be a mega-seller for the veteran country artist.
So much so, that a couple of cable TV networks will air specials revolving around the singer during the fall.
In October, she’ll be featured on the Nashville Network in “Martina McBride: Heroes and Heartbreakers.” The show will air on Oct. 25 and 31.
McBride will also appear as the Country Music Television Showcase artist in November. Throughout the month, the cable network will show a series of interviews, videos and promotional clips of the artist.
The blossoming singer will further support “Wild Angels” with tours opening for McGraw, Clay Walker and Clint Black. She’ll also be heading to Europe, where she’s toured three times already.
McBride’s first taste of commercial success came in 1993 with the golden “The Way that I Am.”