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McEntire becomes flagship artist of BIg Machine/Cumulus venture

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – Reba McEntire was signed as the inaugural artist on new joint venture label between Big Machine Records and Cumulus.

The announcement was made this morning with America's Morning Show host Blair Garner.

"I am so excited to be the first artist to sign up with this new joint venture," McEntire said. "We've been in the studio having a blast recording new songs, and I can't wait for my fans to hear them. Thanks to Scott Borchetta, John Dickey and everyone at Cumulus for letting me be a part of these new and exciting times."

The Oklahoma native is back in the studio with long-time producer Tony Brown and is collaborating for the first time with James Stroud. There was no word on when a new album would be released.

"As Reba and I get to enter into another phase of our business relationship that dates back to 1991, I am again reminded of the power of all things Reba. Her presence, her vocal prowess, her song selection, her passion... it's unequaled in her multi-decade career and we will again blaze new trails together," said Big Machine Label Group President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Borchetta. "I can't think of a more important artist or voice to crown as our first Icon artist as there are none truer to the definition."

"By the numbers Reba defines what it is to be an Icon - 56 million albums sold, 35 number 1 singles, number 1 female country touring artist of all time and room full of CMA, ACM and Grammy awards. Reba is Nashville. Nash Icon is thrilled to have Reba as our first artist on this exciting new label," said Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus.

McEntire's last album was "All the Women I Am" in 2009 on Valory Music, which is part of the Big Machine stable.

In May, Big Machine and Cumulus announced a joint venture under the Nash Icon brand with the creation of a record label, Nash Icon Music. Nash Icon will produce new music and live events from Nashville's artists over the last 25 years. General Manager Jim Weatherspoon will spearhead the strategic partnership between the two music, entertainment and media powerhouses.

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