Universal Music Group Nashville, Show Dog Nashville Announce Joint Venture Restructuring

jvUniversal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) and Toby Keith’s Show Dog Nashville (Show Dog) today (Nov. 19) announced plans to restructure the arrangement between the two companies. As a result, Show Dog has signed an exclusive worldwide distribution and services agreement with UMGN. This arrangement will result in a closer association between the two companies. UMGN will now provide service for A&R, creative, finance, marketing and sales to the independent label. Show Dog will maintain a full promotion team and Toby Keith will remain Principal of the company.

Toby’s first album under the new agreement will be 35 MPH Town, scheduled for release in the spring of 2015.

In making the announcement of the restructure, Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman & CEO, Mike Dungan shares, “All of us at Universal Music Group Nashville are thrilled that Toby has chosen to stay within the Universal family. And family it is, in this arrangement that allows Show Dog Nashville to remain independent, yet be fully integrated into our system and the great team of professionals that make up UMGN.”

Keith added, “I look forward to this new chapter in Show Dog’s history and it will be great to work so closely with the folks at Universal.”

UMG Nashville consists of Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. The roster includes: Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Josh Turner, Shania Twain and Keith Urban.

Show Dog Nashville was founded in September 2005 by artist Toby Keith in Nashville. In 2015 Show Dog Nashville is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The roster includes Toby Keith, Krystal Keith, Josh Thompson and Native Run.


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