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Lee Ann Womack, Label Parting Ways

First signed to Decca Records in mid-'90s. has learned that Lee Ann Womack and Universal Music Group (UMG) are parting ways. Lee Ann was originally signed to Decca Records Nashville and later moved to UMG's MCA Nashville division.

Lee Ann scored her first hit in 1997 with "The Fool," which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, and went on to have seven Top 10 singles. Her biggest hit was the crossover smash "I Hope You Dance," which was a multiweek No. 1 in 2000. That song scored multiple Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards and also earned a Grammy for the song's writers.

"[I'm] so appreciative to the wonderful MCA staff for giving me their all from my first days at Decca, through 'I Hope You Dance,' the awards for 'I May Hate Myself In The Morning' and There's More Where That Came From, Lee Ann said in a statement obtained by "I am excited to see what comes next for so many people I think of as my friends, and am eager to see what life after 'leaving home' is like."

Lee Ann's most recent Top 20 hit, "Last Call," was released in 2008. In 2011 she toured with George Strait and Reba McEntire.

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