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The long-rumored merger of Universal South and Show Dog Nashville has been consummated with the creation of Show Dog-Universal Music. Show Dog's Toby Keith is Principal of the new label with Universal South's Mark Wright as President. Details on the makeup of the newly combined label's staff and roster are still pending.
"Show Dog-Universal will still have the feeling of being an independent label with strong and personal relationships with all our artists," Keith says. "That is what Show Dog Nashville and Universal South have always been about, but combine the two labels and you have a powerhouse with more staff and better opportunities for our artists. I look forward to working closely with my friend and partner Mark Wright."
"The launch of this new company creates even more value for our combined artists, employees and business partners," Wright adds. "Together, our best-in-class team will create even more opportunities for our artists, while expanding the services we offer. This is truly one-plus-one equaling three. Moreover, I am delighted to be partnering with Toby, with whom I have shared a close friendship for many years. His remarkable achievements as an artist and businessman define creative leadership at its very best. He will be invaluable to taking this company to even greater heights."