July 28, 2009
Gretchen Wilson and Sony Music Nashville have "mutually decided to part ways," according to a press release issued by the label on Tuesday (July 28). Wilson originally signed with Epic Records, which released the Redneck Woman album in 2004. The title track spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart and created national media attention for Wilson. The following year, she reached No. 8 at country radio with "All Jacked Up," but no subsequent singles reached the Top 20. Epic was folded into the RCA Label Group during Sony Music's merger with BMG in 2005 and 2006. The press release announcing Wilson's departure from the label indicates she and Sony Music Nashville will cooperate on future releases from her existing music catalog. Wilson's other Top 10 hits include "Here for the Party," "When I Think About Cheatin'" and "Homewrecker."