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Cole Swindell signs with Warner Music

Cole Swindell

Congratulations to country singer Cole Swindell! He made a pretty big announcement to his fans this week as he landed a recording contract with Warner Music Nashville. The singer-songwriter opened for select dates on Luke Bryan‘s Dirt Road Diaries tour. His single “Chillin’ It” is out at radio right now. There’s no news yet on when to expect his debut album with the label.

Check out his video announcement below and let us know what you think of Warner’s newest addition to their roster:

Laura Bell Bundy’s “Two Step” to Hit Radio and CMT


Big Machine’s newest artist, Laura Bell Bundy, is about to experience a whirlwind, courtesy of her new partnership. Laura’s new single, “Two Step,” which will surely be the next line dancing phenomenon in country bars and clubs, will officially be available on iTunes July 9th and impact Country radio on August 5th.

Additionally, CMT and will run a 24-hour, exclusive world premiere of the brand new music video for “Two Step” tomorrow, July 4th, with subsequent re-airs promoted across all of CMT’s digital platforms and 5.3 million social media fans.

Laura Bell Bundy Joins Big Machine


We are thrilled to announce that the ultra-talented Laura Bell Bundy has joined Big Machine Label Group! It should come as no surprise that Laura found a new home with this huge label, as she has spent time out on the road this summer with label-mates, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, and Cassadee Pope.

Congratulations to Laura on getting much-deserved recognition and joining the likes of some of country music’s biggest names! Don’t forget to pick up Laura’s new, upbeat single, “Two Step”, available now on iTunes!

Forbes Magazine names Big Machine country’s hottest label

Scott Borchetta & Taylor Swift. photo credit: Sara de Boer / Retna Ltd.

Congratulations to Scott Borchetta and the whole team at Big Machine Label Group! A recent story by Forbes Magazine has named the Nashville powerhouse the hottest country music label. The label group is home to superstars like Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Martina McBride, Eli Young Band, and the recently acquired Laura Bell Bundy.

Part of the article says:

“Big Machine is big business. It’s a private company, which means that its financials aren’t open to the public. But Forbes estimates that the label pulls in revenues in the high eight-figures, a sum Borchetta didn’t deny. With margins in excess of 20% — far higher in certain years — he says the company’s value could easily be nine figures. $200 million, anybody? ‘There are people who would buy it for that’ says Borchetta. ‘But it’s not for sale’.”

Read the rest of the article here on Forbes’ site. Are you surprised to hear that Big Machine is the biggest label in country music right now?

Sunny Sweeney signs with Thirty Tigers

Sunny Sweeney.

Country music singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney has signed with Thirty Tigers and will begin working on her next album.

Earlier this year, the Longview, Texas native was nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s New Female Vocalist of the Year Award. Previously signed to both Big Machine Records and its sister label Republic Nashville, Sweeney released two critically acclaimed albums: Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame and Concrete. The latter album featured the Top Ten hit “From a Table Away,” which was the highest charting Billboard debut single from a female country artist in four years.

About her new home, Sunny said:

 “I have long been a fan of Thirty Tigers and the amazing roster of talent they have worked with through the years, and am thrilled to become part of their family. I can’t wait to share my new music with my fans!”

Congratulations to Sunny! We can’t wait to see what she has in store next for country music.

Cassadee Pope signs with Republic Nashville

Cassadee Pope.

Team Blake’s very own season three champion Cassadee Pope is officially country. She has announced that she’s signed a deal with Republic Nashville. Cassadee, previously released music as part of rock group Hey Monday, and her own solo material. This is her first major country music recording contract.

Cassadee shares:

“I am so excited to be joining the very talented Republic Nashville family. I am so passionate about my music and I couldn’t be more excited to have this amazing team to back me as I embark on this next chapter in my career.”

She’s already writing songs for her debut album, which doesn’t yet have a release date. We can’t wait to see what Cassadee has in store for country music and we wish her the best of luck with her new journey.

Tate Stevens signs deal with RCA Nashville

Tate Stevens.

Looks like country is about to welcome another reality competition star into its family. Season two X Factor winner Tate Stevens has officially signed a deal with RCA Nashville / Syco Music. He’s currently working and writing for his debut album, which will be out this Spring.

Never finishing lower than second in the voting, America chose country singer Tate Stevens as the winner of Season two of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, proving that country music fans are not to be messed with.  Last year was a big year for country music on reality singing competitions – country fans helped Blake Shelton win two seasons in a row of The Voice.

Congratulations Tate! We can’t wait to see what you’ll be bringing to country music this year.

Pictured (l-r): Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton, Stevens, Ken Levitan (Vector Management), Sony Music Nashville VP A&R Jim Catino, Michelle Owens (Vector Management).

Pictured (l-r): Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton, Stevens, Ken Levitan (Vector Management), Sony Music Nashville VP A&R Jim Catino, Michelle Owens (Vector Management)

Jo Dee Messina Leaves Curb Records

Jo Dee Messina.

Country music singer Jo Dee Messina has left her major label home at Curb Records, she announced in a news posting on her official website. Her contract with the label had run out, but she has big plans in store for 2013. Jo Dee, who is currently out on tour and will continue hitting the road next year, is busy writing and working on a brand new album – which she also expects out in 2013.

She shares:

“I am so excited to be able to start fresh. I have so much music to share. Getting it out there to the fans is going to be such a blessing.”


We wish Jo Dee well in her new venture and can’t wait to see what she has planned for fans! Check out the live version of “A Woman’s Rant” from her upcoming new album and let us know what you think:


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Joe Nichols Signs With Red Bow Records

Joe Nichols.

It’s been a busy week in the world of country music and it’s about to get busier. At a press conference held on Wednesday (October 31) at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, Broken Bow Records, alongside its sister label, Stoney Creek Records, announced the birth of a new label. Broken Bow will be teaming up with RED Distribution to create a new label called Red Bow Records. Broken Bow is known as one of country music’s independent labels representing artists including: Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, Thompson Square and Randy Houser.

The first artists signed to the new indie imprint were announced on Wednesday as well. Country hit maker, Joe Nichols, known for his country hits “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Brokenheartsville” was added to the label’s roster after a private meeting in Nashville. Nichols was previously signed with The label will also welcome country-rocker, Rachel Farley who recently toured with Jason Aldean.

Who else would you like to see join Red Bow Records?

Sony Music Nashville Signs Angie Johnson

Angie Johnson.

Congratulations to the team at Sony Music Nashville and former The Voice contestant Angie Johnson! It was announced today that she’s signed an exclusive recording contract with the Nashville major label. The Missouri Air National Guard became a YouTube superstar after a video of her performance of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” became viral. It was that exact video that lead to Angie auditioning for NBC’s mega-hit reality show The Voice.

The St. Louis native spent six years in the Air Force and was honorably discharged after she joined the Air National Guard and moved to Nashville to pursue her dreams of becoming a country singer. Love & Theft‘s Josh Leo has signed on to produce her debut album for the label.

Check out the original viral video below from her performance in Afghanistan and wish Angie luck! We can’t wait to see what she has in store for Music City.