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  • Sep 30, 2002
    The five biggest record distribution companies settle a price-fixing suit with 41 states, agreeing to pay $143 million, though they do not admit any wrongdoing. The companies include BMG, EMI, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic, Sony and Universal
    Oct 31, 2003
    DreamWorks Records executives announce to employees that the label is being sold to the Universal Music Group by the first of the year. The roster includes Toby Keith, Jimmy Wayne, Jessica Andrews and Emerson Drive
    May 7, 2004
    DreamWorks is absorbed by Nashville's Universal Music Group, with DreamWorks' James Stroud set to co-head the label with Luke Lewis. DreamWorks acts include Toby Keith, Jimmy Wayne, Emerson Drive, Darryl Worley and Jessica Andrews
    May 11, 2006
    The Universal Music Group agrees to pay $12 million to charity after settling with New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer in a payola case that hinged partially on emails from Universal South offering free goods to radio stations for airplay
    Jan 12, 2007
    Country Aircheck reports James Stroud is leaving the Universal Music Group, where he co-chaired the company and its multiple labels. Among Universal's artists: Josh Turner, George Strait, Sugarland, Shania Twain and Lee Ann Womack
    Feb 15, 2008
    Patti Page is one of 14 artists or their estates filing suit against Universal Music Group in New York State Court, alleging unpaid royalties of more than $6 million. Other plaintiffs include Kitty Kallen, Frankie Laine, Woody Herman and Count Basie
    Aug 26, 2008
    Universal releases "Now That's What I Call Country," featuring Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Gary Allan, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Dierks Bentley
    Sep 13, 2008
    "Now That's What I Call Country" debuts at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart. The disc features Carrie Underwood, Chris Cagle, Jason Michael Carroll, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley, among others
    Oct 12, 2008
    Universal releases the Christmas album "NBC Sounds Of The Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection" exclusively through Target
    Nov 11, 2008
    Universal releases "Now That's What I Call Music! 29." The pop compilation features Keith Anderson's "I Still Miss You" and Darius Rucker's "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" alongside tracks by Matt Nathanson, P!nk and Katy Perry

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