Kellie Pickler and record label separate

UPDATE:  According to her publicist, Kellie Pickler's record label did not drop her, but her contract came to an end and both parties mutually decided not to renew. Her publicist also said she does not view the separation as a "blow."

Her manager released this statement:

In response to the rumor that Kellie Pickler has parted ways with her record label Sony Nashville, Pickler's manager Larry Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald-Hartley says, "Kellie's contract with Sony came to an end and they mutually decided not to renew." Kellie just released her last contractual album with the label,  100 Proof, which she says is the type of traditional country record she's always wanted to make, and is touring in support. For a full list of her upcoming tour dates and appearances, visit  www.kelliepickler.com .

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Country star KELLIE PICKLER was dealt a blow on her 26th birthday on Thursday ( 28Jun12) when record label bosses dropped her.

The former American Idol competitor's celebrations were tainted by her departure from Sony Nashville following disappointing sales of her last album, 100 Proof.

Her manager Larry Fitzgerald insists the move was a mutual decision, telling ABC News Radio, "Kellie's contract with Sony came to an end, and they mutually decided not to renew."

Pickler refused to acknowledge the bad news on her big day as she took to Twitter.com to announce, "I'M 26! ‪Birthday girl‬... Thanks for all of the Happy Birthday wishes!! I love y'all!"

The Red High Heels hitmaker signed to the label in 2006 after finish in sixth place on the U.S. talent show.

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