After 16 years with MCA Nashville, country star Trisha Yearwood is signing with Nashville independent Big Machine Records, making her the most historically successful artist on the year-and-a-half old label.

Big Machine founder, president and CEO Scott Borchetta worked with Yearwood during some of her most successful years at MCA. The two first worked together in the late '80s when Borchetta was a member of the promo staff at the now defunct MTM Records in Nashville. Yearwood, who had recently graduated from Belmont University, was working as the label's receptionist while singing demos on the side.

Yearwood has been with MCA since she debuted on the charts in 1991. Her first single, "She's In Love With The Boy," spent two weeks at No. 1 on the airplay chart. Over the last 16 years, Yearwood has scored 19 top 10 singles including five No. 1s. Her most recent No. 1 came in 1998 and her last top 5 was in 2001.

She has sold 9.8 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her most recent album, "Jasper County," scanned 472,000 copies.

MCA is scheduled to release a greatest hits package on Yearwood later this year. Yearwood's first studio record since 2005 will be released on Big Machine Records in early 2008.

Big Machine, which is distributed by Universal - MCA's parent company - is home to Taylor Swift and Jack Ingram, among others.

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