Lady Antebellum Signs Record Deal With Big Machine Label Group

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From left: BMLGR’s Matthew Hargis, BMLG’s Sandi Spika Borchetta, BMLGR’s Jimmy Harnen, Lady A’s Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Lady A’s Dave Haywood, BMLG’s Andrew Kautz, Allison Jones and Mike Rittberg

Lady Antebellum has signed with Big Machine Label Group's BMLG Records.

The seven-time Grammy winners have previously released all seven of their studio albums on Universal Music Group's Capitol Nashville. Big Machine Label Group is also home to Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line and Rascal Flatts.

"We have been truly blessed throughout our career to work with some of the brightest people in music," said the band's Hillary Scott in a statement. "We've watched BMLG become the powerhouse they are from the sidelines and couldn't be more excited to become part of their family. We hope to honor all the people who have been part of our story over the last 10 years -- can't wait to work with some old friends again and are excited for where it takes us all together!"

Added BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta: "Lady Antebellum is the consummate vocal group. Hillary, Charles [Kelley] and Dave [Haywood] have a special chemistry that only the greatest bands of all time have and what you see is what they sing -- and it's the sort of thing no label can create, only magnify. I am delighted that we get to assist them in writing the next chapter in their extraordinary career."

Since Lady Antebellum's 2008 self-titled debut, the band has landed nine No. 1 Country hits, two AC chart-toppers and a No. 2 spot on the Hot 100. Their 2010 smash, "Need You Now," won the coveted Song of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

"Our extreme belief in Lady A, admiration of their amazing career and the greatness they have yet to achieve, as well as being their biggest fans, makes this the thrill of a lifetime," said BMLGR President Jimmy Harnen in a statement.

Harnen also noted this is a "grand reuniting of a large musical family," since he and Borchetta worked with Hillary Scott's mother, Linda Davis, and her father, Lang Scott, when they were both at DreamWorks. He continued, "Michelle Tigard Kammerer worked closely with Lady A when they signed to CAA, and Matthew Hargis and I helped break the band at radio on their debut album. The long associations, close ties and the group's always incredible music is literally why we do this."

Lady A's move is the latest label switch by some of country music's highest profile acts: Last year, Carrie Underwood moved from Sony Nashville to UMG Nashville, while earlier this year, Kenny Chesney shifted from Sony Nashville to Warner Music Nashville.


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