Country hitmakers Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, Dustin Lynch and more have a new boss today. Four record labels that fall under the Broken Bow Records Music Group have been acquired by Germany-based BMG.

It's not clear what, if anything, this means for BBR artists. Randy Houser, Thompson Square, Granger Smith, Runaway June and Joe Nichols are a few of the other affected artists. The label group's homepage lists 20 artists currently. A quote from BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch in a press release says these artists (and songwriters under the Magic Mustang Music publishing company) will have a new route to the worldwide market.

Broken Bow Records was launched in 1997, with Craig Morgan's "Almost Home" becoming the label's first hit song in 2003. Aldean has been the flagship artist for the last decade, culminating in an ACM Entertainer of the Year win in 2016. The Stoney Creek imprint was launched in 2009, followed by Red Bow in 2012 and Wheelhouse in 2015. Very few independent labels have had success in country music over the last two decades. Aldean is the No. 1 selling digital male country artist of all time.

This is a return to country music for BMG. The conglomerate was partnered with Sony until 2008. In 2009 the company opened a publishing arm in Nashville and have had success.

It's been a busy month for Aldean. Two weeks ago he announced his They Don't Know Tour, which includes a stop at the Taste of Country Music Festival in June.

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