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Republic Records is an American record company. It was founded by Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman as an independent label in 1995 and is a division of Universal Music Group (UMG). It was acquired by UMG in 2000 and operated initially as an imprint of the Universal/Motown Records Group. Following a 2006 reorganization, the label was renamed Universal/Republic. It was re-branded as Republic Records in 2012.
|Parent company||Universal Music Group|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||New York City, New York|
The company has its headquarters in New York City. Its current roster includes Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Drake, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessie J, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Post Malone, The Weeknd and Liam Payne.
According to Avery Lipman, he and his brother Monte first conceived the idea of Republic Records at the kitchen table in their apartment:
"My brother and I had been working at record companies. He was in between jobs and we started putting records out as a hobby. We had a grassroots approach to the business. The first record we put out happened to work really well. That was the Bloodhound Gang".
Universal Records: 1999–2005Edit
Universal Music Group acquired the Lipman brothers' Republic Records as a fully owned subsidiary in 1999. Monte Lipman was named president of the newly established Universal Records label, and Avery Lipman was named the COO. They reported to Doug Morris, chairman of Universal Music Group and Mel Lewinter, chairman of Universal Records Group. During their tenure, the Lipmans shaped the newly formed company and took on new acts including Nelly, Lil Wayne, and Elton John, and initiated co-ventures with labels such as Cash Money Records and No Limit.
Universal Republic Records: 2006–12Edit
As of 2006, Universal Republic adopted an A&R and partnership-based growth strategy. In the summer of 2011, changes were made at the Universal Motown Republic Group. Motown Records was separated from Universal Motown Records, causing it to shut down and transfer its artists either to Motown Records or Universal Republic Records. The umbrella label was merged with The Island Def Jam Music Group, making Universal Republic Records a stand-alone label and shutting down Universal Motown Republic Group.
Republic Records revival: 2012–presentEdit
In October 2012, Universal Republic Records rebranded itself once again as Republic Records to mark the arrival of producer Rick Rubin. All artists on the Universal Republic Records roster were moved to Republic Records. The label has since released albums by Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi and Tyga among others. The new Republic Records went on to become the number one label in soundtrack production and sales. On March 31, 2014, it was announced that Big Machine and Republic Records had revived Dot Records, and that Chris Stacey would be head of the label. Dot is the third imprint -- technically the fourth, counting Big Machine itself -- launched under Big Machine Label Group, following Valory (Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Reba McEntire) and Republic Nashville (Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band).
On June 20, 2014, it was announced that Republic had partnered with VH1 to create the "Make a Band Famous" campaign, which would pick a star for the network to appear in new spots and a band would be added to Republic's growing roster. VH1 and Republic have both used social media in this campaign. In 2015 Republic Records had songs in six of the spots in the Top 10 of the Mediabase Top 40 Chart, equalling a record set in 2013.
Republic Records appointed its first executive vice-president of film & television, Dana Sano, former New Line Cinema senior music executive, in July 2017. The position oversees film and TV projects and the Federal Films initiative, working with UMG's Polygram Entertainment.
- In their early days, Republic Records released the Bloodhound Gang's EP, Dingleberry Haze (1994) as well as their first LP, Use Your Fingers.
- Rudolf's single, "Let It Rock" was certified 3x Platinum and licensed by multiple television networks for sports and other entertainment endorsements.
- Jay Sean's debut single "Down" sold 3 million copies in the United States and 6 million worldwide. Sean's follow-up single "Do You Remember" also sold over a million copies.
- American singer Taylor Swift with Nashville-based Big Machine Records. Swift today is a Diamond artist with 10 Grammy's and 40 million records sold worldwide (Recording Industry Association of America: 4× Platinum).
- Jack Johnson on Brushfire Records who received Multi-Platinum certifications twice and is estimated to have sold about 8 million albums worldwide (Recording Industry Association of America: Platinum).
- The debut album of Damian Marley with Jr. Gong Records reached Gold certification and sold 1 million records worldwide.
|3 Doors Down||2000||A rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi|
|Hinder||2006||A rock band from Oklahoma|
|Amy Winehouse||2007||A soul, R&B, and jazz singer and songwriter|
|Nicki Minaj||2008||A contemporary R&B, hip hop, and pop, rapper, singer and songwriter|
|Owl City||2009||An electronica project by singer and songwriter Adam Young|
|Black Veil Brides||2010||A rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio|
|James Blake||2011||A contemporary R&B, electronic, and soul singer and songwriter|
|Jessie J||2011||A contemporary R&B, pop, and soul, singer and songwriter|
|Ariana Grande||2013||A contemporary R&B, and pop singer and songwriter|
|Lorde||2013||A pop singer and songwriter from New Zealand|
|St. Vincent||2013||A rock singer and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Post Malone||2015||An American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.|
|The Weeknd||2015||A contemporary R&B, and pop, singer and songwriter|
|Ski Mask the Slump God||2016||An American rapper|
|Greta Van Fleet||2017||A rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan|
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- Loma Vista Recordings
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- Young Money Entertainment
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- Alan Jones (February 5, 2010). "Lady Antebellum top US chart". Music Week. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
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