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Joe Nichols Parts Ways With His Label, Show Dog-Universal Music

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It looks as though Joe Nichols is suddenly without a label home. The singer took to his official Twitter account on Sunday to share that he and Show Dog-Universal Music have parted ways in what seems to be a less-than-amicable split.

“I’d like to thank ShowDog universal for doing the right thing IM FREE!!!!!” Nichols shared enthusiastically.

Nichols first signed to Universal South Records in 1999, releasing his first studio album, ‘A Man With a Memory’ in 2002. The singer found immediate success with his debut single ‘The Impossible,’ which ultimately climbed to No. 3. The album’s second single, ‘Brokenheartsville,’ quickly became Nichols’ first No. 1 song, propelling the album to reach platinum status.

Nichols scored an additional two chart-toppers under the Universal South label with ‘Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off’ and ‘Gimmie That Girl’ before the label merged with Toby Keith‘s Show Dog Music to form the Show Dog-Universal Music label. The singer’s last album, ‘It’s All Good,’ was the first under the new restructure, but failed to measure up to his past commercial success. The project’s only single — ‘Take It Off’ — topped out at No. 25 earlier this year.

Despite the departure, Nichols seems to continue moving forward personally. The singer and his wife welcomed a brand new baby girl, Dylan River, earlier this year. He has been able to remain in control his past struggles, saying, “I live free now. I don’t live perfectly, I don’t claim that. That’s a mistake because I can’t promise anything past today.”

No word on whether or not Nichols has another label home lined up. According to their official websites, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Carter’s Chord, JT Hodges, Jessie James and Rose Falcon remain signed to Show Dog-Universal Music.

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