Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander Dropped From Sony BMG

Jon Randall and Jessi Alexander are the latest artists to be dropped from the Sony BMG Nashville roster, Billboard reports. As expected, the company's artist rosters are being downsized following additional consolidation that began in April when RCA Label Group Nashville chairman Joe Galante gained sole leadership of the Sony BMG's country music division. Sony Music and BMG (the RCA Label Group's parent company) officially merged in 2004. Sony Music Nashville moved its offices into the RLG building on Nashville's Music Row in 2005 with former Mercury Records executive John Grady steering Sony and Galante directing RLG. Grady left the label in April when Galante was promoted to chairman of Sony BMG Nashville. Signed to the Epic and Columbia imprints, respectively, Randall and Alexander both released albums last year and have been working together on an album of duets. Other artists recently cut from the Sony BMG roster include Epic's Jace Everett and Susan Haynes, Columbia's Brice Long and BNA's Jamey Johnson. Sony BMG also operates Arista Nashville.

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