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Carrie Underwood Leaves Longtime Record Label

Carrie Underwood has left the only record label she's ever known and signed with another.

The superstar has signed with Universal Music Group's Nashville-based Capitol Records, home of Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum, among many others. She's been with Sony Music Nashville's Arista Records since her first album release just months after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.

"It's so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future," she says in a press release. "The incredible team at UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless. I also want to be sure to thank every single person who has played a part in my recording career so far. I will be forever grateful to them for all we achieved together."

She's certainly achieved a lot. One of country music's leading ladies, Carrie has sold 64 million records worldwide and enjoyed 25 No. 1 singles, according to UMG. She's a seven-time Grammy Award winner, two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, her fourth such honor. Every single one of her five studio albums has been certified platinum or multi-platinum.


Russ Penuell lives in Nashville with his girlfriend, three dogs and a lot of music.