Scotty McCreery has cut ties with record label Mercury Nashville.
The 22-year-old singer signed with Mercury Nashville shortly after being crowned the winner of American Idol‘s tenth season in 2011. Over the past five years, McCreery has sold 2.5 million records and earned a top ten hit with his single, “See You Tonight”.
His most recent single, “Southern Belle”, struggled to earn radio play and was unable to break into the top 40 on Billboard’s Country Airplay charts.
“I enjoyed being on Mercury Nashville / Interscope and I appreciate all the great people who worked hard on my behalf while I was there,” McCreery said in a statement. “I am excited about what the future holds and the opportunities being presented to me.”
Even so, McCreery’s sudden split with Mercury comes as a surprise to many as the singer has been touting a new album that rumored to be released later this year. The label had also been promoting McCreery’s upcoming book, Go Big or Go Home through the end of January.
It’s unclear what this departure means for McCreery’s still-in-progress third studio album. Alongside promotion for his upcoming book, the singer will also hit the road for a string of tour dates that expand through the end of April.