Reba McEntire returns to Universal Music Group Nashville after 11-year absence
Iconic country music star Reba McEntire has returned to Universal Music Group Nashville after an 11-year stint away from the label.
McEntire‘s hugely successful first 32 years as an artist were on UMG Nashville labels Mercury and then MCA Records, where she experienced 33 Number One singles and sold over 56 million albums.
In 2009, McEntire left for Valory Records, which is an offshoot of Big Machine Records – who ironically distribute through Universal – but surprised everyone at the industry only audience at the Ryman Auditorium for the UMG Nashville Luncheon at Country Radio Seminar when she took to the stage to perform, subsequently announcing the news.
Speaking about re-signing for UMG Nashville, McEntire said that she is delighted to be back and that she cannot wait to get stuck into her older songs, which suggests that a possible remaster collection could be on the horizon.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be back with the family where I started,” Reba said. “I am thrilled because my catalogue is here at Universal and I’m really excited to revisit all the songs that I recorded many years ago. We’re going to have a lot of fun.”
In March, McEntire will embark on her first arena headline tour in nine years and will be taking Caylee Hammack as her support act, while she is also still continuing her residency stay in Las Vegas with Brooks & Dunn.