Carrie Underwood Leaves Sony

March 29, 2017 | | Comments 0

After a 12-year partnership with Sony Music’s Arista Nashville imprint, Carrie Underwood has signed a new worldwide record deal with Universal Music Group, it was announced Tuesday. The seven-time Grammy winner will team up with Capitol Records Nashville as part of UMG for the next phase of her career.

“Already a top tier force in country music, Carrie’s vast talents and creative bravery show that she is an artist who is prepared to take on a wide range of artist challenges,” Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

The country superstar skyrocketed to fame immediately after winning American Idol in 2005 and has gone on to sell 64 million records worldwide and record over two dozen No. 1 singles. Her debut, Some Hearts, has sold over seven million copies in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen Music. Subsequent studio albums include Carnival Ride (2007), Play On (2009), Blown Away (2012) and Storyteller (2015). Each topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and the middle three earned No. 1s on the overall Billboard 200 chart as well.

Recently, the country star celebrated her 100th appearance at the Grand Ole Opry and is gearing up to work on a sixth album.

Aside from Capitol Records Nashville, the UMG family of country labels includes EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. Underwood’s new label groupmates include such fellow superstars as Dierks Bentley, George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum, to name a few.

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