Reba McEntire leaves MCA Nashville

Country superstar ends 25-year tie, signs with Valory Music

NASHVILLE -- Country superstar Reba McEntire has ended her 25-year association with MCA Nashville and signed with the Valory Music Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The move reunites McEntire, the 2007 Billboard Woman of the Year, with Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Records and Valory Music. Borchetta was senior vp promotion at MCA Nashville during most of the 1990s.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Valory team," McEntire said. "Scott and I worked together on some of the biggest singles of my career, and I am excited to renew our partnership."

Added Borchetta: "It is as if a day hasn't even passed. The toughest thing about leaving MCA Nashville again was leaving behind this relationship that I value so much."

The announcement comes a year after the launch of Valory. The label is home to Jewel, Emerson Drive and Jimmy Wayne, among other artists. The artist roster at sister imprint Big Machine includes Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood and Jack Ingram. Both labels are distributed by Universal Music Distribution.

McEntire's debut single on Valory will ship to country radio in early spring, with her new studio album to follow in the summer. The artist crowned her MCA tenure with the three-disc boxed set "50 Greatest Hits," released last month.

McEntire has sold 28.4 million albums since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking such data in 1991.