SHOW DOG-UNIVERSAL MUSIC & UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NASHVILLE RENEW RELATIONSHIP
Nashville, TN, October 8,
2012… Toby Keith, multi-platinum
selling superstar, and label Principal, Mark Wright, prominent
producer/President for SDU Music, and Mike Dungan, Chairman & CEO Universal
Music Group Nashville, today announced that Show Dog, LLC and Universal Records
South have renewed their Joint Venture Agreement for Show Dog-Universal Music,
LLC. This move reinforces their shared commitment to the expanding marketplace
for new music.
Since forming Show
Dog-Universal Music in 2009, Mr. Keith and Mr. Wright have signed to their
roster Trace Adkins, Joel Crouse, Rose Falcon, JT Hodges, Jessie James, Krystal
Keith and Josh Thompson.
“We are committed to
expanding our creative investment in all areas of country music,” stated Mr.
Dungan. “Show Dog-Universal Music is on solid ground, and is uniquely situated
as one of the premier custom-shop labels in Nashville. With Toby and Mark at the
helm, I’m confident that they will be able to expand the label even further.”
"Show Dog Universal’s
goal is to be a powerhouse label that provides better opportunities for our
artists to create music and gives them room to grow; the way it is supposed to
be," said Mr. Keith. "That was our goal at the very beginning and it
is what we will continue to do.”
“We are extremely proud to be
part of the Universal family and their commitment and belief speaks volumes at
this time in the music business,” added SDU Music President, Mark Wright.
About Toby Keith
From his first No. 1 smash "Should've Been A
Cowboy" to his latest Top Country Album chart-topper Clancy's Tavern, Toby
Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his
era. This latest collection's lead single, "Made In America,"
topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart
burners from Keith's pen. The second hit, "Red Solo Cup," has become
the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory
with a viral video with more than 30 million views while topping the top
downloaded country songs. "I Like Girls That Drink Beer," the first
single from Toby's forthcoming album Hope On The Rocks in-stores October 30th,
is now racing up the charts.
At the core of Toby's unparalleled success is his
songwriting, which has powered an astounding succession of hit songs to the
tune of more than 80 million spins on commercial radio stations nationwide. He
has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with
its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction, is a three-time BMI Country
Songwriter/Artist of the Year and was named the American Country Awards' Artist
of the Decade.
His albums have sold more than 36 million copies, ranking
him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard's Top 200 Artists of
the Decade. Keith is also Billboard's No. 1 Artist of the Decade and No. 1
Country Songwriter of the Decade. His tours including 2012's Live In Overdrive
Tour, long sponsored by Ford Trucks, have drawn more than one million fans each
year for the last decade. And his roster of I Love This Bar And Grill
restaurants continues to grow, and his recently launched signature spirit Wild
Shot has become the No. 1 premium mezcal in the U.S. These, among other
endeavors, have earned Keith annual recognition from Forbes as one of the very
top-earning entertainer/musicians in the world.
But Toby's most rewarding experiences, as exhibited in his
continual devotion to them, come from giving back. Whether it's helping sick
children and their families in his native Oklahoma through the Toby Keith
Foundation or visiting American soldiers at forward operating bases in
international war zones, Keith has never lost touch with the most important
things in life.
About Show Dog – Universal Music
Show Dog – Universal Music, a joint venture with Universal
Music Group, is a full service record label based in Nashville,
Tennessee. Under the direction of award winning producer & label
president Mark Wright, the company’s roster features a varied array of
established and developing talent, including Gold and Platinum-selling
superstars Toby Keith (the label’s founder) and Trace Adkins, as well as
emerging artists Joel Crouse, Rose Falcon, JT Hodges, Jessie James, Krystal
Keith and Josh Thompson.