Rascal Flatts moves to Big Machine

Threesome's 'Nothing' set for Nov. 15

With their original label Lyric Street Records shuttered by Disney, superstar country act Rascal Flatts is segueing to Universal-distributed Big Machine, home of Taylor Swift.

Ohio-bred threesome’s “Nothing Like This” will be issued Nov. 16. Swift’s new studio collection “Speak Now” had already been scheduled for an Oct. 25 bow.

Move brings one of country’s most popular groups to the imprint that has made Swift the genre’s biggest star. Her most recent collection “Fearless,” issued in late 2008, has sold 5.9 million copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Trio of Gary LaVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney launched their hit-making career on Lyric Street with their self-titled 2000 album. Group released six multi-platinum sets on the label. Disney Music Group will retain the unit’s back catalog.

Disney folded its Nashville-based Lyric Street operation in April; at the time, DMG chairman Bob Cavallo cited “the changing nature of the music business and the more streamlined priorities of the studios” as the reason for the closure (Daily Variety, April 14).

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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