Longstanding country music label Arista Nashville has been dissolved, and is being absorbed into Sony Music Nashville.
Since its inception in 1989, Arista has provided a musical home to some of the genre's biggest names, such as Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson.
It also housed a range of exciting up-and-coming artists, including Megan Moroney, Nate Smith, Morgan Wade and Seaforth. As part of the dissolution, Megan Moroney has joined Sony's Columbia Nashville imprint, while Nate Smith will now release music with RCA Nashville.
The transition comes at an interesting time for Moroney, who is currently gearing up to drop her debut full-length album, Lucky, on May 5. The project will feature an array of singles released with Arista, such as ‘Tennessee Orange’ and ‘I'm Not Pretty’.
The news might help to explain Brad Paisley's departure from Arista Nashville earlier in the year, with the ‘I'm Gonna Miss Her’ hitmaker joining Universal Music Group Nashville.
It's less clear how the disbanding of Arista will impact one of the label's most decorated artists, Brooks & Dunn. Although they appeared on the recent Stoned Cold Country Rolling Stones tribute album, it appears the chart-topping duo have no further plans to release new music anytime soon, so there is no immediate need to redirect them to another imprint.