Big Machine Label Group and Republic Resurrect Dot Records
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:56:15
Dot Records is back.
Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta and New York-headquartered Republic Records CEO Monte Lipman announced a joint venture to revive the iconic, multi-genre Dot Records label. Borchetta and Lipman's previously created joint venture, Republic Nashville, was founded in 2005 and remains under the BMLG umbrella in Nashville. Similarly, Dot Records will be located on Music Row and will utilize the combined resources of Big Machine and Republic Records.
Industry veteran Chris Stacey has been tapped to spearhead Dot Records as General Manager. Stacey most recently served as Senior Vice President and Head of Promotion at Warner Music Nashville. He has a 20-year career working with acts across various genres such as Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Counting Crows, John Mayer, Joss Stone, Shania Twain, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes and Willie Nelson.
While no artists have been announced to the Dot Records' roster, the label is carefully -- and aggressively -- looking for talent around the globe.
Here's the quick history of Dot:
In 1950, electrical appliance store owner Randy Wood founded Dot Records just outside Nashville in neighboring Gallatin, Tenn. Wood's entry into the music business began when he started to sell Classical and Pop records in his store, Randy's, and soon noticed that his customers were more interested in purchasing records of the artists they were hearing on the local Nashville radio station WLAC. As a result of this demand, Wood created a mail-order record business and renamed his store Randy's Record Shop. His passion for delivering great music to his customers inspired him to take his business one step further in which he decided to become part-owner of a local daytime-only radio station. When the day's broadcast would come to a close, Wood brought local talent into the station's studio, recording original music that led to the now legendary Dot Records. Much like the Big Machine Label Group and Republic Records, Dot Records garnered rapid success because of its ability to find, develop and market great music. Dot became known for producing music that spanned genres, ranging from Country to Pop to R&B and Bluegrass. Over 100 artists released music on Dot Records from 1950 to 1978 including Barbara Mandrell, Pat Boone, Roy Clark, The Fontane Sisters, The Surfaris, Freddy Fender and Lawrence Welk.
Are you excited about the resurgence of Dot Records?