Republic Records

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Republic Records
Republic records logo.svg
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1995; 23 years ago (1995)
Country of origin United States
Location New York City, New York
Official website

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.[1][2][3]

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.[4]


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".[5]

The Lipman brothers accepted an offer from Universal in 2008 and resigned from UMG in 2011.[6][7] The newly named Republic Records was formed in 1995 as a sub-label of MCA's Geffen Records.

Universal Records: 1999–2005[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Universal Republic Records: 2006–12[edit]

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.[8]

Republic Records revival: 2012–present[edit]

In October 2012, Universal Republic Records rebranded itself once again as Republic Records to mark the arrival of producer Rick Rubin.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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).[12]

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.[13] VH1 and Republic have both used social media in this campaign.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16]

In November 2017, Republic was recognized as Variety's Hitmaker Label of the Year.[17]


Republic Records' former logo
  • Rudolf's single, "Let It Rock" was certified 3x Platinum[19] 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.[20] Sean's follow-up single "Do You Remember" also sold over a million copies.[21]


Notable artists[edit]

Act Year signed Description
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



  1. ^ "Universal Signs New Agreement With Republic's Monte and Avery Lipman". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Chuck (January 15, 2000). "Lipman to head up Universal Records". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  3. ^ Mitchell, Gayle (February 10, 2007). "Stop in the Name of Shiny Toy Guns". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Artists | Republic Records". Republic Records. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Avery Lipman". HitQuarters. 7 Aug 2006. Retrieved 23 Nov 2010. 
  7. ^ "Universal Republic's Lipman Brothers Re-Sign With UMG". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  8. ^ "Ethiopia Habtemariam Named Senior Vice President of Motown Records | Billboard". 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  9. ^ "Republic Records", Pentagram_(design_firm), New York, 25 October 2012. Retrieved on 29 April 2018.
  10. ^ Phil Gallo (February 4, 2014). "Q&A: Charlie Walk, Republic's New EVP, on Returning to a Major, Long-Term Strategy". Billboard. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Scott Borchetta, Chris Stacey on the Relaunch of Dot Records, Big Machine's Latest Imprint". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  13. ^ "VH1 and Republic Records Team to Make a Band Famous". Retrieved 2017-12-06. 
  14. ^ Hugh McIntyre. "VH1 and Republic Records Use Social Media To". Forbes. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Republic Records Promotion Dominates Top 40 Scoring 6 Spots In Top 10". All Access. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Halperin, Shirley (July 17, 2017). "'Fifty Shades' Franchise Veteran Dana Sano to Head Film and Television at Republic Records". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  17. ^ Halperin, Shirley (2017-11-21). "Hitmakers: From 'Despacito' to Post Malone, Republic Records Had (Another) Very Good Year". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-30. 
  18. ^ "Bloodhound Gang - Dingleberry Haze". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  19. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – September 4, 2010: Kevin Rudolf certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  20. ^ Dawson, Kim (February 27, 2010). "Jay Sean's Boycott Plan Over Brits Snub". Daily Star. Retrieved February 27, 2010. 
  21. ^ Alan Jones (February 5, 2010). "Lady Antebellum top US chart". Music Week. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  22. ^ a b "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on December 26, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  23. ^ Damian ”Jr. Gong” Marley’s Welcome To Jamrock Certified Gold by RIAA; Project Also Nominated for Two Grammy Awards. World Music (February 4, 2006).
  24. ^ Indie Pop Music

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