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Big Machine signs British duo

Friday, October 28, 2016 – British country duo The Shires made music history today by signing with the Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group under the historic Dot Records imprint.

The Shires, whose second album, "My Universe," became the fastest-selling British country album of all time upon release three weeks ago, today joined the Big Machine Label Group, the label's first ever UK signing.

Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes of The Shires said: "We are absolutely thrilled to sign with Dot Records in the U.S.A. The UK is our home, and we are proud of our success so far, thanks to Decca Records, but it's always been a massive goal for us to build our presence and make a name for ourselves in the U.S.A. Scott was one of the first people to approach us as a band, after hearing our original demos nearly three years ago. His advice back then was clear, to break the U.K. first and come to the U.S. with a story. We took his advice and are extremely excited to be working with him and his team in the US. It is the home of country music and what better label could any act ever hope to sign with than Dot Records! Scott, Chris and their team are incredible at what they do and have worked with some of the biggest names in Country music history - we can't wait to get started."

"I've been watching The Shires closely and from afar, and now the time is right to have them join the family," said BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta. "I can't wait for America to experience The Shires."

The Shires have played the Grand Ole Opry. They recorded their current album at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville.

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