Nashville, TN (May 22, 2012) Big Machine Records announced yesterday the signing of Country music superstar Tim McGraw to a worldwide recording deal. The powerhouse label and McGraw will release new music, which will be distributed globally by Universal Music Group. With over 40 million albums sold and 32 No. one singles over the course of his remarkable career to date, this new era of McGraw’s career will be driven by a dream team of the most successful and dynamic thinkers in the music industry.
“Many people know that I came to Nashville 23 years ago on a Greyhound bus with nothing but a guitar,” said McGraw. “And 23 years to the day, on May 9, I went back to the bus station and officially signed this deal. It was a significant way for me to mark this new beginning. Scott Borchetta has developed a powerhouse at Big Machine, and I’m happy to be a part of what he has built and to call Big Machine Records my new label home. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling about working on a new album for this next chapter in my career. Here’s to the next 20 years!”
“I’ve always felt a kinship to Tim as my dad (Mike) originally signed Tim to Curb Records. We have wanted to work together for years and I can’t believe this day has finally come. His level of artistry, vision, passion and energy comes along only so many times in any given era and I can tell you with the utmost confidence that there are many, many important chapters left to write,” said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group.
“I’m so pleased to add the great superstar Tim McGraw to our incredible Nashville family of distributed labels. Tim’s accomplishments reach around the world and we intend to exert the full compliment of global support to Tim’s new releases on Big Machine Records,” said Universal Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge.
McGraw will further strengthen Big Machine Label Group’s star-studded roster of talent which includes international superstar Taylor Swift; multiplatinum vocal group Rascal Flatts; award-winning female vocalists Reba and Martina McBride; GRAMMY-nominated trio The Band Perry and many of Country music’s most promising rising stars.
With 7.8 million spins at radio, McGraw was deemed “Artist of the Decade” (2000-2010) by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. He has won three GRAMMY® Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, three People’s Choice Awards and numerous other honors. This June, McGraw will kick off what is anticipated to be the biggest stadium tour in Country music history. THE BROTHERS OF THE SUN TOUR will reunite McGraw with longtime friend Kenny Chesney for the first time in 10 years. The tour begins on June 2 in Tampa, FL, and will hit the nation’s biggest stadiums throughout August.
ABOUT BIG MACHINE RECORDS: Music industry veteran Scott Borchetta founded Big Machine Records in 2005. Shortly after inception, BMR scored its first #1 single, landed five Top 30 singles and every artist release earned a spot on Mediabase/USA Today/Country Aircheck’s Top 10 Most-Played New Artists. For two consecutive years, Country Aircheck (Powered by USA Today) also named BMR as the Country Label of the Year. The label’s roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts as well as hot newcomers Edens Edge and Ella Mae Bowen – who combined – have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People’s Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations. Taylor became the 4thfemale artist in history to debut an album with over 1 million units sold in the first week with SPEAK NOW, the best-selling Country studio album debut of all time. The most-awarded Country group of the past decade, Flatts have debuted two consecutive albums – CHANGED and NOTHING LIKE THIS – on BMR at #1, producing their 14th#1 single.
ABOUT BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP: At the helm of the independent Big Machine Label Group is industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who serves as President and CEO. The conglomerate encompasses Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President). The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba and Martina McBride; Platinum sensations The Band Perry; Newly minted Gold-selling artist Brantley Gilbert; Chart-topping established acts Eli Young Band and Justin Moore, and newcomers Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, Ella Mae Bowen, Greg Bates and Thomas Rhett. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People’s Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations. For more information, visit www.bigmachinemusic.com or www.facebook.com/bigmachinerecords.