Clark, Stacey Exit Nashville Major Labels

Country star Terri Clark has decided to go the indie label route and has thus exited Sony Nashville's BNA Records.

"As you all know, I have been struggling over the past couple of years at trying to find and write songs to finish an album for BNA Records," Clark wrote in a post on her Web site. "Over the course of the past few years, the record business, and radio has changed dramatically.

"I recently came to the conclusion that I no longer feel as though I can creatively 'fit' into a certain 'box' or model, and have come to a very difficult crossroads in making the decision to part ways with my record label, and forge ahead independently," she continued. "I will always be eternally grateful to BNA records, and [chairman] Joe Galante for believing in me and affording me the opportunity to work with them after leaving Mercury records. I came to Nashville when I was 18 to land a major label record deal, and I have had two, which is more than I could have dreamed of."

Clark, who has sold 3.2 million albums in the U.S., had much of her success at Mercury Nashville. It was on that label that she scored 10 top 10 airplay singles, including two No. 1s, 1998's "You're Easy On The Eyes" and 2004's "Girls Lie Too."

In addition to focusing on international touring, Clark hopes to release a live record in the first quarter of 2009, which will potentially be released internationally.

In other news, has learned that former "American Idol" contestant Phil Stacey has exited Nashville-based Lyric Street Records. A former member of the U.S. Navy, Stacey charted two airplay singles - neither reached the top 25 on Hot Country Songs. His debut album, which was released in May, has sold 36,000 albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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