Has Big Machine Put a Period on Dot? Shakeup at Maddie & Tae's Label

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Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, of Maddie & Tae, attend the on 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 24, 2016 in New York City.  

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) appears to have put a period on its Dot label. The company updated the Big Machine label's promotion department roster March 13. The new lineup includes five recent Dot executives, while an additional Dot employee was shifted to BMLG and three Dot acts -- Tucker Beathard, Carly Pearce and Drake White -- were reassigned to different imprints.

The move comes just days after Big Machine's senior vp/promotion Jack Purcell resigned to take a similar vp role at EM.Co, the management company for Tim McGraw.

Top Of The Morning, a BMLG prep service that publishes Monday mornings, provided an early tip to the label adjustment. The email blast heralded news and audio related to acts on Big Machine, Valory, BMLG and Nash Icon, but made no reference to Dot.

The new Big Machine promo department features five employees assigned jobs they handled for Dot just a week ago: vp/promotion Kris Lamb, West Coast director Bill Lubitz, Southwest director James Marsh, Southeast director A.J. Calvin and coordinator Nicole Hunt.

Four previous Big Machine promotion execs remain in place, with two now focused on different regions. Brooke Diaz moves to the Northeast from her prior West Coast role, and Alex Valentine is reassigned to the Southwest from the Midwest. Jeff Davis continues to oversee Southeast promotion, while Erik Powell remains national promotion director.

Michelle Kammerer, who was promoted to Dot national promotion director in January, retains the same title with the BMLG imprint. Dot GM Chris Stacey is unaccounted for in the release.

Ex-Dot artists Beathard and Pearce have both been formally added to the Big Machine roster, while White is now stationed at BMLG. The status of three other Dot acts -- Maddie & Tae, Aaron Lewis and Steven Tyler -- was not immediately clear.

The BMLG release was notably concise -- four short sentences and a list of new job assignments -- and the company did not respond immediately to several requests.

Dot presumably had a short shelf life in this latest incarnation. Maddie & Tae were the first signees announced to the reactivated imprint in June 2014. BMLG also went through a recent label makeover when Republic Nashville became the BMLG imprint.

Additional reporting by Phyllis Stark.

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