Kacey Musgraves Album Sees UMG Nashville and Interscope Records Combining Forces

This is an intense collaboration.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Kacey Musgraves Album Sees UMG Nashville and Interscope Records Combining Forces
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 05: Kacey Musgraves attends Kacey Musgraves and Boy Smells launch "Slow Burn" Collaboration at Public Hotel on February 05, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Kacey Musgraves knows no bounds when it comes to her musical genius and it seems as if she’s continuing to expand on her global reach with a new collaboration. The singer, who is part of Universal Music Group Nashville’s MCA Nashville roster, will join forces with Interscope Records for her upcoming fourth studio album.

“I have never worked with anyone whose cultural reach is so vast,” says UMG Nashville CEO & Chairman, Mike Dungan. “This artist and her music have thrived in so many diverse environments. Kacey, the music, and the career deserve the broadest base of experience and expertise. We have discussed some type of cross label partnership for her music for a couple of years now and this is the perfect fit. We’re excited to partner with our friends at Interscope on the next chapter of Kacey Musgraves.”

“Kacey is one of the most powerful storytellers in music today, a true albums artist who creates potent song collections that are timeless,” adds Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman & CEO John Janick. “We are truly delighted to have her as part of our Interscope Records family and look forward to working alongside the UMG Nashville team and her manager Jason Owen to deliver this important project to audiences around the world.”

Both UMG Nashville and Interscope Records fall under the global Universal Music Group umbrella.

The Texas native has been expertly crafting her upcoming record, which is set for release later this year. She told Rolling Stone that her record has been inspired by a range of experiences she’s been through, including her divorce from fellow singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly.

“This last chapter of my life and this whole last year and chapter for our country — at its most simple form, it’s a tragedy,” she says. “And then I started looking into why portraying a tragedy is actually therapeutic and why it is a form of art that has lasted for centuries. It’s because you set the scene, the audience rises to the climax of the problem with you, and then there’s resolve. There’s a feeling of resolution at the end. I was inspired by that.

“I can’t help but to write about what I’m going through,” Musgraves went on. “I want to honor the huge range of emotion that I’ve felt over this past year, past six months. I also want to honor the relationship we had and the love we have for each other. Because it’s very real.”

In the interview, Musgraves admitted to writing almost 40 songs for the album and will co-produce it with her Golden Hour collaborators, Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian. The three previously collaborated on Golden Hour, which one the GRAMMY for Album of the Year.