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Alan Jackson parts ways with longtime record label

alan_jakson_2_6Alan Jackson and his record label since the start of his career have parted ways.

Jackson said in a statement that it “just seems to me like the time may be right to change things up a bit and see what comes next.”

Sony Music Nashville/Arista Nashville released a terse statement earlier in the day that wished Jackson well, called the proceedings an “amicable parting” and confirmed that the country legend delivered his final recordings to the company.

Jackson, the first artist signed to Arista Nashville when the label was founded in 1989, has sold more than 50 million albums.

The singer/songwriter is readying a tour of Canada and Australia and working on songs for a new album.

He’s currently represented by management company the co-op, which also reps Loretta Lynn, and the William Morris Endeavor.

20 comments Add your comment

Chuckie D

January 20th, 2011
3:57 pm

First—Best of luck in your new venture—

jimmymack

January 20th, 2011
3:59 pm

good luck a.j.

gtnick

January 20th, 2011
4:08 pm

Good luck Allen with your new business ventures…..Stay true to your heart

Tom

January 20th, 2011
4:40 pm

Sound like it’s time for Mr Jackson to join ZBB on Southern Ground Records.

C

January 20th, 2011
5:00 pm

Yes! An artist like AJ can do GREAT things with an independent label/production company. Can’t wait to see how this works out.

Katie Vernola

January 20th, 2011
5:12 pm

This is hotter than a Hoochie Coochie

RC

January 20th, 2011
5:19 pm

The label before the put you 6 feet under

danny

January 20th, 2011
5:21 pm

Alan is too country fror Arista I guess, he made that label and is still one of the best!

Kay

January 20th, 2011
5:28 pm

Tom, my sentiments exactly! What a great addition to Southern Ground Records he would be.

Fred

January 20th, 2011
6:36 pm

Hmmmm………. I wonder what went on THERE.

Julie

January 20th, 2011
7:04 pm

Change is good, and Alan Jackson is GREAT! Good Luck to you.

outspoken1

January 20th, 2011
7:27 pm

I don’t buy cd’s depending on what label the artist records on.
No one does

MRBIGUNS

January 20th, 2011
7:32 pm

Jackson is headed to Souther Ground Records to be with his good friend Zach Brown!

Lisa

January 20th, 2011
8:00 pm

As for Alan Jackson’s decision I have to use #12 on Freight Train “The Best Keeps Getting Better” !! I know there is lot more great music coming from this very talented man!

jhs

January 20th, 2011
11:43 pm

A.J. re-do “pop a top again” and make it more like J.E.D would do it!

jhs

January 20th, 2011
11:45 pm

J.E.B, not JED

TCM

January 21st, 2011
4:51 am

Of course it’s an amicable split. He has made A/N more than 500 milion over the last 20 years. Why not let him opt-out now?

John

January 21st, 2011
7:06 am

Might as well start his own label at this point. Or retire… its not like he wouldn’t live comfortably or had an awesome career. Arista will suffer this loss far more than he will. Good luck Alan!

Lc

January 21st, 2011
8:07 am

Your the best there is, the world knows it and so does your old label.
Kick them to the curb.

Onedaysoon

January 24th, 2011
9:50 am

Good luck on the tour! See you when you get back to the states….