Band: 'it's not the same place anymore.'
Hard rock act P.O.D. has parted ways with Atlantic Records, to which it has been signed since 1999. According to a statement sent to members of the group's email list, the group became disillusioned with changes at the label. "We've been proud to be Atlantic recording artists, but it's not the same place anymore," the band says.
"For most of our stay, we were blessed by a staff that was gracious towards our vision, faith and love of music," it continues. "It's time to dream again with a new staff and we leave with grateful hearts."
The group's final album for Atlantic, "Testify," was released in February and has sold just 210,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its predecessor, 2003's "Payable on Death," has shifted 520,000 units to date.
P.O.D. has been off the road of late but will return to live duty with an Aug. 19 show at San Diego's Petco Park, following the San Diego Padres' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.