You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

More Music

  • Fergie

    Fergie Sexes Up National Anthem at NBA All-Star Game and America Isn't Having It

    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 […]

  • Gibson, Iconic Guitar Company, Said to

    Gibson, Iconic Guitar Company, Said to Be Nearing Bankruptcy

    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 […]

  • Buffalo Springfield L.A. Tribute Headlined by

    Buffalo Springfield Fans Get Next Best Thing to a Reunion: A Richie Furay-Led L.A. Tribute

    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 […]

  • Kendrick Lamar's Label Hosts Free 'Black

    Kendrick Lamar's Label Hosts Free 'Black Panther' Screenings for Kids in Watts

    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 […]

  • Harry Connick Jr

    Harry Connick Jr. Talk Show to End After 2 Seasons (EXCLUSIVE)

    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 […]

  • brandi carlile Album

    Album Review: Brandi Carlile's 'By the Way, I Forgive You'

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content