BREAKING: Lauren Alaina Parts Ways with Longtime Record Label
Lauren Alaina has left her longtime record label after nearly 11 years. A label representative for Universal Music Group (UMG)…
Lauren Alaina; Photo Courtesy CMA
Lauren Alaina has left her longtime record label after nearly 11 years.
A label representative for Universal Music Group (UMG) Nashville confirmed to Country Now that Alaina is no longer signed to Mercury Nashville, which is an imprint of the record label.
The “Getting Over Him” singer first signed with the label in June of 2011 after being named runner-up on American Idol Season 10.
Four months after signing with the label, Lauren Alaina released her debut album, Wildflower, which features the lead single, “Like My Mother Does.” The project debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 chart, making Alaina the youngest female artist at the time to debut that high on the chart since LeAnn Rimes’ 1996 debut album, Blue.
During her time with the label, Alaina released two EPs, including Getting Good (2020), Getting Over Him (2020), as well as three full-length albums, Wildflower (2011), Road Less Traveled (2017), Sitting Pretty on Top of the World (2021).
The powerhouse vocalist quickly became Nashville’s go-to duet partner, recording collaborations with artists such as Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, BRELAND and more.
The award-winning country superstar has gone on to earn numerous accolades as well as three No. 1 hits, including “Road Less Traveled,” her 6x Platinum duet with Kane Brown “What Ifs,” and “One Beer” with HARDY and Devin Dawson.
Alaina has also appeared on a variety of TV shows, including American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, as well as her current appearance in CBS’ Beyond The Edge.
In addition to appearing in several TV shows, Alaina has also performed on several national television shows, including PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, TODAY, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ABC’s CMA Fest specials, CMA and ACM Awards, Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day halftime performance, MLB’s World Series national anthem (Game 5, 2021) and more.
In 2021, Alaina’s career soared to new heights with the release of her inspirational book, Getting Good At Being You. She also fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a Grand Ole Opry member when her friend and fellow country star Trisha Yearwood invited her to join the coveted institution.
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Alaina is currently competing on a brand-new reality series called Beyond The Edge, which airs on CBS every Wednesday at 9/8c.
Additionally, the 27-year-old is currently in the midst of her headlining Top of The World Tour, with special guest Spencer Crandall, which wraps up on April 15 in Charleston, South Carolina.
The songstress recently returned to American Idol to serve as a mentor during Hollywood week. She’s slated to return to the show next month as to partake in the show’s 20th anniversary celebration.
It’s currently unclear if Alaina has plans to sign to a new record label or if she will remain an independent artist moving forward. We’ve reached out to Alaina’s team for comment.
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Lauren Alaina released the following statement via social media.
I want to thank the staff at Mercury Records and UMG Nashville for everything they have done for me over the last 11 years. They have been my label home since the day I walked off the American Idol stage as a really young, wide-eyed, eager 16-year-old kid. Now, at 27 years old I look back and see just how much I have changed and grown into the woman I am now.
I have made the tough decision to spread my wings and close a very important chapter of my life. There are more exciting things happening in my career right now than ever before, and I just can’t wait to see where it all leads. More to share soon. With gratitude and hope, Lauren.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.