Republic Records

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Republic Records
Republic records logo.svg
Logo in use since November 2012[1]
Parent companyUniversal Music Group
Founded1995; 26 years ago (1995)
FounderMonte Lipman (CEO)
Avery Lipman (President)
Distributor(s)Universal Music Group
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City, New York, U.S.

Republic Records is a New York City–based record label owned by Universal Music Group (UMG). It was founded by Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman as an independent label in 1995, and was acquired by UMG in 2000. Republic was initially an imprint of the Universal/Motown Records Group, and was renamed Universal Republic Records after a reorganization in 2006 before going back to its original name in 2012. [2][3][4]


Foundation and Universal Records: 1995–2005[edit]

According to Avery Lipman, he and his brother Monte conceived the idea for Republic Records at their apartment in New York. Lipman stated that both had previously been employed by record companies and were in between jobs at the time. They began putting records out as a hobby, the first of which was the Bloodhound Gang's Dingleberry Haze.[5] Republic Records was formed in 1995 as a subsidiary of MCA's Geffen Records, but soon after its foundation, the distribution changed to the newly established Universal Records.[6]

In January 2000, it was announced that the Universal Music Group acquired the Lipman brothers' Republic Records as a wholly owned subsidiary. Monte Lipman was named president of the Universal Records label,[7] while Avery Lipman became Republic's president.[8]

Universal Republic Records: 2006–2012[edit]

In 2006, corporate restructuring saw the formation of Universal Republic Records through a merger between the two labels.[9] Monte Lipman became the president and CEO of the restructured label while Avery Lipman served as co-president and COO.[10] Other changes were made at the label's parent, Universal Motown Republic Group, during the summer of 2011. Universal Motown Records was shut down, transferring its artists to the newly recreated Motown Records or Universal Republic Records. Universal Republic Records became stand-alone label and the Universal Motown Republic Group was shut down.[11] In August 2011, the restructured Universal Republic signed Ariana Grande to a record contract.[12]

Republic Records revival: 2012–present[edit]

In October 2012, Universal Republic Records returned to the Republic Records moniker.[13] Just prior to the label's return to the Republic name, it signed Canadian artist, The Weeknd, through his imprint label, XO.[14] In addition to artists' albums, the label has released soundtracks with Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey),[15] the Fox Broadcasting Company (Star),[16] and NBC (The Voice), among numerous other partnerships, films, and television series.[17] Republic Records had songs in six of the top-10 spots on the Mediabase Top 40 Chart in 2015, tying a 2013 record.[18] Also in 2015, the label signed American rapper and singer, Post Malone.[19]

In November 2017, the company was named Variety's Hitmaker Label of the Year.[20] In 2018, Taylor Swift signed to Republic Records after releasing her music through the Republic imprint, Big Machine Records, for a majority of her career.[21] In December of that year, Republic partnered with Sony Pictures on the release of the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.[22] The soundtrack's lead single was Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower" which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke the record for most weeks in the top ten of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at 45.[23] Early 2019 saw the signing of a reunited Jonas Brothers, as well.[24]

Also in 2019, Republic Records was named the "Label of the Year" by both Billboard[25] and Variety.[26] It has been Billboard's label of the year for 4 of the last 5 years[25] and Variety's for each of the last three.[26] Republic was also named Billboard's Hot 100 Label of the Year for the sixth straight time.[27] Five Republic albums (Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next, Taylor Swift's Lover, Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys, Drake's Scorpion and Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding) also appeared in the top 10 of the year-end Billboard 200 chart.[25]

In 2020, Republic Records partnered up with JYP Entertainment for the Korean Girl Group Twice as the group's first American label and distributor. Twice will be first artist from JYP Entertainment to be powered under the alliance. Twice's signing represents a diversifying market for K-pop in America.[28]

Republic Records became the first label to partner with DistroKid, allowing it to mine data from the company looking for new artists. The initiative began in 2021 and allowed DistroKid to receive a finder's fee for any new artist signed to the label.[29] In January 2021, the label had five of the top seven albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including the top three spots with Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album, Taylor Swift's Evermore, and Pop Smoke's Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. The Weeknd's After Hours and Ariana Grande's Positions were sixth and seventh respectively.[30] That month, Republic also had six of the top ten albums on the Rolling Stone album chart and nine of the top 20 songs on the Rolling Stone song chart.[31] In March 2021, Taylor Swift became the first Republic artist to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her album, Folklore.[32]


Old black-and-white Republic Records logo
The Republic Records logo from
1994 to 2006

Republic Records released the Bloodhound Gang's 1994 EP, Dingleberry Haze,[33] and their first LP, Use Your Fingers. Kevin Rudolf's single, "Let It Rock", was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[34] Jay Sean's debut single, "Down", sold six million copies in the United States[35] and received a large airplay on radio worldwide.[36][37] Sean's follow-up single, "Do You Remember", sold over one million copies.[38]

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift recorded with Nashville-based Big Machine Records. Swift is a quadruple-platinum artist with 11 Grammy Awards and over 175 million units moved worldwide as of 2014. As her contract with Big Machine ended in 2018, she signed with Republic, with her first single "ME!" with the label and her own label "Taylor Swift Productions, Inc." released on April 26, 2019.[39][40] Jack Johnson has received a number of gold and platinum certifications.[41] Damian Marley's debut album was certified gold and sold one million copies worldwide.[42]

Other prominent Republic releases in recent years have come from acts like Ariana Grande (2013's Yours Truly, 2014's My Everything, 2016's Dangerous Woman, 2018's Sweetener, 2019's Thank U, Next, and 2020's Positions);[43] the Jonas Brothers (2019's Happiness Begins); Taylor Swift (2019's Lover, and 2020's folklore and evermore); The Weeknd (2013's Kiss Land, 2015's Beauty Behind the Madness, 2016's Starboy, and 2020’s After Hours);[44] Florence and the Machine (2015's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and 2018's High as Hope);[45][46] Lorde (2013's Pure Heroine and 2017's Melodrama);[47][48] James Blake (2019's Assume Form);[49] and Pearl Jam (2020's Gigaton).[50]


As of 2020, the current Republic Records roster includes Ariana Grande, Drake, Benee, James Bay, James Blake, Kid Cudi, Florence + the Machine, Seth MacFarlane, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Post Malone, Of Monsters and Men, Liam Payne, Black Sabbath, Hailee Steinfeld, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Conan Gray, Jonas Brothers, DNCE, Peach PRC and more. Republic has also brought numerous other artists under its umbrella with strategic partnerships with labels like Brushfire Records (Jack Johnson), XO (The Weeknd, Nav, Black Atlass, Belly), Casablanca Records (Lindsay Lohan, MIKA, Tiësto), Cash Money Records (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Young Money Entertainment (Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde, The Warning), Monkeywrench Records (Pearl Jam), American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The-Dream), Victor Victor Worldwide (Pop Smoke, Ski Mask the Slump God), and others.[citation needed]

Associated labels and imprints[edit]


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