Gary Allan Leaving Longtime Label Home UMG Nashville

The “Watching Airplanes” hitmaker has been with record label UMG Nashville for over 25 years.

Gary Allan performs at the 37th Annual CMA Awards during 37th Annual CMA Awards at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. 

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Gary Allan is exiting his longtime label home, UMG Nashville.

The “Watching Airplanes” hitmaker revealed the news on social media Friday (July 29), saying, “For the last 25 years plus, UMG Nashville has been my record label home. I’m very thankful to the staff members at [UMGN imprints] Decca, MCA and EMI for the belief and support they have had in me, but it is now time for a new adventure. I am excited for what the future holds and look forward to sharing more news soon.”

Over the past 25 years, Allan has earned 11 top 10 Billboard Country Airplay hits, including four chart leaders. Allan earned his first No. 1 Country Airplay hit with “Man to Man” in March 2003, followed that same year by the two-week chart leader “Tough Little Boys.” He also notched No. 1s including “Nothing on But The Radio” in 2004, as well as “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” in 2013.

California native Allan has released 10 studio albums, beginning with his debut major label album, 1996’s Used Heart for Sale, which released via Decca Records Nashville.

His latest album came last year with the 13-track album Ruthless, working with producers Mark Wright, Tony Brown, Greg Droman and Jay Joyce. Last year, Allan also embarked on a U.S. tour, The Ruthless Tour: 25 Years The Hard Way, which included shows in Dallas, Detroit and more.

In April, fellow UMG Nashville artist Lauren Alaina announced that she had parted ways with UMG Nashville and Mercury Nashville, and earlier this week announced her signing to Big Loud Records.

UMGN did not respond to a request for comment.

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