Carrie Underwood is Switching Record Labels and That’s A Bigger Deal Than You Think

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Carrie Underwood has just made a huge move her in career.

The singer-songwriter has left her label home, Sony Music Nashville, and signed with rival record company Universal Music Group. She’ll record under the Capitol Records Nashville label, the home of her current collaborator Keith Urban as well as Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker.

“It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future,” Carrie says about the move. “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.”

On Sony Music Nashville, Carrie released five studio albums — all of which went at least platinum (and in once case eight times platinum) — and one Greatest Hits. Her music to date has earned her seven Grammys and two ACM Entertainer of the Year titles.

“I also want to be sure to thank every single person who has played a part in my recording career so far,” Carrie adds. “I will be forever grateful to them for all we achieved together,”

The move to UMG reunites Carrie with her Cindy Mabe who helped launch Carrie’s debut album, Some Hearts, at Sony before moving across town.

“When I decided to take my position with Capitol Records in 2007, personally one of the hardest people for me to leave behind was Carrie Underwood,” explains Mabe, who now serves as UMG Nashville President. “We were a team and I had the opportunity to watch her leave American Idol as a kid and mature into one of the most important artists with the most powerful voice in music. It was amazing to be a small part of that ride. I am so proud and humbled that she has chosen to sign with Universal Music Group Nashville and that we will once again join forces as she writes the next chapter of her soaring career as a global superstar of enormous integrity and talent.”

What does this mean for fans? Well, we can’t say for sure, but it’s likely new music is on the way. We’ll report any updates as they happen.