Gary Overton To Step Down as Sony Music Nashville CEO

Gary Overton
Courtesy of Sony Music

Gary Overton

In a brief statement, Sony Music Entertainment announced today (March 17) that Gary Overton will step down from his role as Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Nashville at the end of the month. "This is a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Overton and SME," the statement reads.
"Working at Sony Music has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career," Overton said in the release. "I will deeply miss the talented team at SMN, but I am also excited about starting the next chapter of my career. I want to thank the amazing staff for their tireless commitment to supporting our incredible artists."

Although rumors of Overton's departure have been circulating around Music Row for many months -- with Shania Twain/Kacey Musgraves manager Jason Owen mooted to take his place, a role sources say he turned down -- in recent weeks the long-running Sony CEO has been embroiled in several high-profile public spats. Late last month, he created a firestorm of controversy with his comment in an interview with the Tennessean last month in which he said, "If you're not on country radio, you don't exist."

He also was the target of negative comments from Love and Theft, a group formerly signed with Sony label RCA, who were dropped in the middle of recording their second album. Overton responded, "We spent more than a million dollars trying to break Love and Theft... They were making some great new music, but there was no excitement for them at radio or with the listeners." 





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