News of artists leaving their labels is not really anything new, but more so than ever it seems to be the trend. Toby Keith "braved the waters" in 2005 starting Show Dog Records & since that time merged with Universal to be known as Show Dog-Universal. Once Trace Adkins got wind of this merger he wanted to be a part of it. Trace left his label, Capitol Nashville & joined up with Toby Keith. When the merger took place Phil Vassar was on the label but his name no longer appears among the the other artist's listed. So can we expect some Phil news soon? http://www.sdumusic.com/
Also in 2010 we heard news of Martina McBride leaving RCA to sign with Republic Nashville & Montgomery Gentry parted ways with their long time label Columbia, but to date have not signed with anyone else. Gretchen Wilson also branched out on her own.
Now it was announced that after 22 years and more than 43 million albums sold, Alan Jackson is parting ways with the only label he's ever known; Arista/Nashville. As of right now no new information as to what Alan's plans are with any new label or what his future will be. He is gearing up for his 2011 tour & working on a new album. I have no doubt Alan will find his way around & have continued success.
But the "loving & leaving" them does not end there. Chuck Wicks has just annouced he has been granted his release from the Sony/RCA records label which he has been with since 2007 giving us the hit, "Stealing Cinderella."
So hold on to your seats; this could be an even larger trend in 2011. Continued success to all these artist's who have taken steps to tread in "new waters."