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Kid Rock splits with longtime manager

Just as he’s reached the top of the album charts for the first time, Kid Rock has made a major change at the top of his business operations. Rock’s manager, Detroit-based Ed “Punch” Andrews, who also handles Bob Seger, has resigned after seven years of working with the Michigan rocker. Sources tell Billboard.com that Andrews has decided to retire after shepherding Rock’s latest album, “Rock N Roll Jesus,” to release last week.

“Rock N Roll Jesus” is Kid Rock’s first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, selling just over 170,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Kid Rock has reportedly replaced Andrews with Nashville-based Vector Management, whose roster includes Bon Jovi and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Coincidentally, Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell appears on the new Kid Rock track “All Summer Long,” which tips its hat to “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Neither Kid Rock, who was performing in Nashville, nor Andrews could be reached for comment. It’s unknown whether Andrews will continue working with Seger, whom he’s handled since the late ’60s.

Kid Rock is in the midst of a theater tour to promote “Rock N Roll” Jesus.” He also has TV appearances slated for “Ellen” on October 25, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 26, the American Music Awards on November 22 and on Larry the Cable Guy’s VH1 Christmas special in December.

“Amen,” the second single from “Rock N Roll Jesus,” will ship to radio later this month, according to Rock’s web site.