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Breaking News: The Dot Record label lives, thanks to Big Machine Label Group

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - Whispers have been swirling through the music industry for a while now, and Sunday,, March 23, 2014, Big Machine Label Group's Scott Borchetta announced the back-to- life addition of a fourth record label - the iconic Dot Records Label. Big Machine Label Group’s umbrella already includes Big Machine Records, BMLG’s second Republic Records Joint Venture label - Republic Nashville, The Valory Music Company and now the resurrection and life-infusion of the Dot Records Label. The word is out that the Dot Label will be mainly a Country music based label, however, should an opportunity come up on other genres, you may see the Dot Label tag on that as well.

Big Machine Label Group resurrects the Dot Records Label (Picture of old Dot record.)
Big Machine Label Group's Scott Borchetta and Danielle Bradbury
Photo by Rick Diamond

If you’ve ever owned or have a record under the Dot Records label, you also know precious that record and label means to you, as a lover of traditional roots music. With that, you also know just how much impact the label made on music history. Now, after its bumpy ride and reported final demise…the Dot label is again revived, thanks to Big Machine Label Group.

Under the Big Machine Label Group banner, launched in 2005 by Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records heralded and launched the careers of Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Cassadee Pope, Justin Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Danielle Bradbery and Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Eli Young Band, and Rascal Flatts, among others. Since its beginning in 2005, BMLG added The Valory Music Co. and Republic and now, the historic 1950 through 1977, Dot Records label.

With the revival of Dot Records, Chris Stacey, former Warner Brothers Nashville executive has joined the label as General Manager which is a huge announcement as well. “We continue to learn and continue to re-engineer nonstop,” BMLG founder and CEO Scott Borchetta told MusicRow. “It felt like the perfect time to take on that research and development and hit the reset button and bring in great new executive energy. Chris is someone I’ve wanted to work with for some time. I’ve never seen him lie down and he is a serial entrepreneur.

Dot Records was a company that was active between 1950 and 1977. Founded by Randy Wood in Gallatin, Tennessee, where Wood had started a mail order record shop, known for its radio ads on WLAC in Nashville, with on-air personality Bill "Hoss" Allen. Dot Records produced a wide variety of genres early on – later to become Country music-focused.

In its early years, the label specialized in artists from around Tennessee. Then it branched out to include musicians and singers from across the United States. It recorded a variety of country music, rhythm & blues, polkas & waltzes, gospel music, rockabilly, pop music, and early rock & roll. After the move to Hollywood in 1958, Dot Records bought up many recordings by small local independent labels and issued them nationally. Through many changes in ownership and affiliations, Dot Records was bought by ABC in 1974, which had tried to purchase the label years before, but ironically, discontinued the label at the start of 1978.

ABC Records was then sold to MCA Records in 1979. MCA Records became the foundation for Universal Music Group. The old Dot pop music catalog is managed by Universal Music's Geffen Records unit. The country back catalog is managed by the former Decca and Coral unit, rebranded as MCA Nashville.

“What’s great about our new company is that it’s a partnership with Monte Lipman and the folks at Universal, which means we are a Nashville-based label, with global capabilities,” said Stacey in a statement to media.

“When we first met, I realized we both have this amazing desire to continue to stretch the boundaries, and we love the excitement of starting new companies. Watching what he did at Warner Bros. the past several years was so impressive. I thought, ‘Ok, maybe instead of having to fight with him, I can join him,’ so this is the opportunity.”

”The name is synonymous with being a great Middle Tennessee-based record company and when you look back in history at why it was started, and the entrepreneurial spirit around it, and then what it ultimately became with servicing all kinds of different music. To bring back a heritage imprint to be part of the Big Machine Label Group portfolio, we just couldn’t find any holes in it,” said Borchetta. “Every time we brought it up, we thought it was cool. The more we’ve learned about its heritage, it’s just made sense.”

All the love to Big Machine Label Group. With all their spectacular super-labels growing so healthy, now BMLG has also shown their golden touch in the life-saving efforts of Dot Records, a throwback to our glory days in music, but a brand new fresh label today. We fans of BMLG couldn’t be more proud of you. Dot Records lives!

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