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Disney Shutters Lyric Street Records

Nashville-based label, launched in 1997, was home to Rascal Flatts, SHeDAISY

Disney Music Group will close operations at Lyric Street Records, its label presence in Nashville, the company announced Wednesday.

Rascal Flatts UnstoppableSince opening in 1997, Lyric Street Records has been the home to multiplatinum artists Rascal Flatts and SHeDAISY, as well as "American Idol" alumni Josh Gracin and Bucky Covington.

“The Lyric Street team has had an amazing run, building a slate of well-known artists including the superstar act Rascal Flatts,” Bob Cavallo, chairman of Disney Music Group, said in a statement. “But given the changing nature of the music business and the more streamlined priorities of the Studios, we need to find alternative ways to create and market new artists and their music to consumers. I’m tremendously proud of what the team has accomplished.”

The closure will be phased, with a promotions team in place to market and promote Lyric Street’s current records.

Rascal Flatts will be transitioned to another DMG label in time for the launch of its next album, due this fall.

Other Lyric Street artists include Aaron Tippen, Love & Theft, Sarah Buxton and newcomers Tyler Dickerson and Kevin Fowler.

The Disney Music Group encompasses all of the Walt Disney Studios’ recorded music and music publishing operations, including Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records and Walt Disney Music Publishing.