SONY PRESIDENT LEAVES LABEL

John Grady, the president of the Sony Nashville record label, is leaving the company after a management shake-up at Sony BMG Nashville.

Sony Nashville will be merging with the RCA Label Group (RLG), and will be headed by Joe Galante, the RLG Chairman. The new company will be called Sony BMG Nashville. Grady, who has headed Sony Nashville since 2003, was the executive who signed Gretchen Wilson to the label and helped make her a star. Gretchen, Montgomery Gentry and Miranda Lambert are among the stars on the Sony Nashville roster.

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