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Rascal Flatts' label to close

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – Lyric Street Records, the home of Rascal Flatts, is being shut down by parent company Walt Disney, a victim of the long downturn affecting music.

The label, which opened in 1997, also has had SHeDAISY, Aaron Tippen, Love & Theft, Sarah Buxton, and American Idol singers Josh Gracin and Bucky Covington.

"Given the changing nature of the music business and the more streamlined priorities of the (Disney) Studios, we need to find alternative ways to create and market new artists and their music to consumers," said Bob Cavallo, chairman of Disney Music Group.

Disney is focusing on films that can be spread across its theme parks, video games and commercial products, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

Disney apparently will phase out Lyric Street, while also keeping a basic promotions team in place to market current records. Love & Theft and Sarah Buxton both just released their first discs for the label.

The Journal said Rascal Flatts will move to another label with an album due this fall. The new label would either be Walt Disney Records, which also has Billy Ray Cyrus, or Hollywood, home of the Jonas Brothers.

Rascal Flatts representatives could not be reached for comment.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: LSD tour provides a lot of highs – This was not your grandkids' country, that's for sure. Even the name of the tour - the LSD Tour - was a throwback (albeit far before the principals were making music). But make no mistake about it. With the ever cool country traditionalist Dwight Yoakam, the country with some rock and blues and rabble rousing of Steve Earle thrown in and the... »»»
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