TAPROOT To Split With ATLANTIC RECORDS?

Gary Graff of Billboard.com is reporting that the members of TAPROOT are considering a future that may not include their current label, Atlantic Records, after the disappointing sales of their third album, "Blue Sky Research".

"We had hoped for really big things," drummer Jarrod Montague said of "Blue Sky Research", which has sold 112,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its August 2005 release. "We worked really hard and made a record that we were really proud of, and we don't know what happened."

"The situation with Atlantic is a little bit up in the air," Montague added. "There's a good chance we might end up parting ways with them at the end of this [album cycle]."

Acording to Montague, TAPROOT view a possible exit from the major label fold as "another exciting thing for us," and are confident they can still thrive by handling their own affairs.

"We have our fans all over the country that come out and support us, and we need to figure out how to best utilize that," he explained to Billboard.com. "There are so many ways to market yourself these days and keep in contact with fans. We didn't start TAPROOT to get famous; if we can play music and make enough money to sustain our growing lives and families, mission accomplished as far as I'm concerned.

"So it's kind of an exciting time for us," he added. "We're really taking things over and doing more things for ourselves and keeping things in house, which I think is the best way to go right now."

Read more at Billboard.com.

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