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  • Dec 20, 2001
    Tim DuBois and Tony Brown sign papers in Nashville establishing the Universal South label. The first artist to find success with the company is Joe Nichols
    May 14, 2002
    Universal South releases Joe Nichols' debut single, "The Impossible," commercially
    Jul 23, 2002
    Universal South releases Joe Nichols' debut album, "Man With A Memory"
    Oct 1, 2002
    Shooting commences at The Outer Limits in Nashville for the video to Joe Nichols' single "Brokenheartsville"
    Nov 12, 2002
    Universal South releases the single version of Kid Rock's country song "Picture," pairing him with Allison Moorer
    Jan 14, 2003
    Universal South releases the self-titled debut album by the all-Russian band Bering Strait. One track, "Bearing Straight," received a Grammy nomination one week earlier
    Feb 25, 2003
    Universal South announces the signing of McHayes, a new duo featuring former solo artist Wade Hayes and mandolin player Mike McClurg, an ex-member of Alan Jackson's touring band, The Strayhorns
    Mar 6, 2003
    Universal South announces that Amanda Wilkinson has signed a contract with the label to record her first album as a solo artist. She had previously recorded with her father and her brother in the family group The Willkinsons
    Mar 29, 2003
    Joe Nichols picks up his first #1 country single in Billboard with "Brokenheartsville"
    Apr 14, 2003
    Universal South promotion exec Lisa Strickland sends an email to WBEE Radio in Rochester, New York, indicating the station will receive a $2,500 laptop for airplay of songs by Joe Nichols and McHayes. The email becomes part of a 2006 payola case

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