Carter, O’Neal Leave Their Record Labels

Deana Carter and Jamie O’Neal have each exited their respective record labels. Arista Nashville and Carter issued a press release late Monday (Aug. 11) indicating they “have mutually decided to part ways.” In the release, Carter said, “I’m very grateful to Arista Nashville for such a positive and fun experience. I was busy writing for my new record when I got the news and plan to finish an album — wherever it may land — and proceed with my touring plans for next year. I’ve been so thrilled to be performing again that, deal or no deal, nothing will stop this train from rolling.” Carter’s most recent album, I’m Just a Girl, was her first project for Arista. Released March 18, 2003, it debuted at No. 6 on Billboard’s country albums chart. Carter gained national attention with Did I Shave My Legs For This? — her 1996 debut album for Capitol Records that later received RIAA certification for shipments of more than 5 million copies. The album yielded three No. 1 singles, including “Strawberry Wine.” … A spokesperson at Mercury Records confirms that O’Neal is no longer on the label. O’Neal’s debut album, Shiver, was released in 2000 and was later certified gold for shipments of 500,000 copies. It contained the hits “There Is No Arizona” and “When I Think About Angels.” O’Neal’s second album, On My Way to You, had been set for Oct. 7 release. 08/11/03