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Big Machine Revives Dot Records


He's running one of Country Music's hottest record labels and now Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta is teaming with Republic Records CEO Monte Lipman for a joint venture to revive the iconic, multi-genre Dot Records label. Industry veteran Chris Stacey (pictured) has been tapped to spearhead Dot Records as GM. 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.

Dot Records will be located on Music Row in Nashville. In 1950, electrical appliance store owner Randy Wood founded Dot Records just outside Nashville in neighboring Gallatin, Tenn. Woods entry into the music business began when he started to sell Classical and Pop records in his store, Randys, 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 Randys 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 days broadcast would come to a close, Wood brought local talent into the stations 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. 
The original Dot Records catalogue is now owned by the Universal Music Group, parent company of Republic Records. No artists have been announced to the Dot Records' roster as of yet.