Chely Wright Splits Vivaton

New label loses flagship artist.

In a surprise move, Chely Wright has exited Nashville-based independent label Vivaton Records, where she had been the flagship artist. The label cites "creative differences" for the split.

Wright's debut single for Vivaton, "Back of the Bottom Drawer," peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in April. Wright previously recorded three albums for MCA Nashville, including the gold-certified "Single White Female" in 1999. Before MCA, she recorded for Polydor/A&M.

Vivaton launched in February. Its other artists include veteran hitmaker Mark Chesnutt, who signed with the label in May, and four new acts.