Sony Music Nashville President and CEO Allen Butler and two other top executives left the company Friday (May 2). Also exiting the company are executive VP and General Manager Mike Kraski and executive VP Blake Chancey.
Sony Music Nashville operates
the Columbia, Epic, Monument and Lucky Dog labels. The company's artist roster includes Montgomery
Gentry, Patty Loveless, Cledus T. Judd,
Marty Stuart, Tammy Cochran, Pam Tillis and Charlie Robison.
The Dixie Chicks multi-platinum Wide Open Spaces
and Fly albums were released on Monument. Beginning with their
most recent album, Home, the Chicks' launched their own label,
Open Wide Records. Sony Music continues to distribute the trio's albums that now carry the Open Wide and Monument imprints.
Monument's Nashville-based staff still handles the Dixie Chicks' radio promotion, the group now deals primarily with Sony
Music's New York office. The move came after an out-of-court settlement of the Dixie Chicks' lawsuit against Sony Music. Among
the allegations in the suit was the claim that Sony failed to pay proper royalties for sales of Dixie Chicks product.
Estabrook, a spokesman at Sony Music Entertainment in New York office, told CMT.com the key appointments
at Sony's Nashville operation will be announced in the near future. According to an official press statement, Butler, Kraski
and Chancey "all stepped down from their respective positions" as part of a larger corporate reorganization first announced