Wednesday, April 23, 2008
– Little Big Town bolted from Equity Music Group after two albums for Capitol Nashville. As part of the deal, the new deal, Capitol acquired the group's previous two albums for Equity.
Little Big Town did well with its Equity debut, selling 1.3 million units of "The Road To Here" and enjoying hits including "Boondocks." The follow-up disc, "A Place To Land" was released in November and had no hits. Capitol will assume the marketing and promotion of "A Place To Land" and will be releasing a new single to country radio immediately. Capitol did not say what the new single would be.
"We have admired Little Big Town, their unique blend of vocal harmonies, and their proclivity to write and record hit records for many years", said Mike Dungan, President and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville. "With their great live shows, and warm, approachable personalities, these four people have become engrained into the hearts and minds of country music fans everywhere. They are poised to explode, and we are ecstatic about the possibilities and humbled and honored to have been chosen to represent them and their music."
"We've been so impressed with the whole team at Capitol and the leadership of Mike Dungan that we felt like this was the right home for the band and our music," said Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet.
Equity Music Group General Manager and Interim President Derek Simon confirmed Wednesday that the label and Little Big Town agreed to part ways.
"It's always very difficult when relationships change," said Simon. "We're extremely proud of Little Big Town and all that they have achieved with Equity Music Group as their label partner. The last two and a half years are a testimony to what a band, their management and record label can achieve when they share total commitment, passion and artistic vision. I'm incredibly pleased with what our entire staff contributed to that equation. This is a special band and, as friends and fans, we want to see them continue a long career filled with artistic achievement and commercial success."