1. Republic Hires Rick Krim as EVP Artist Development

    September 12, 2014 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Republic Records has hired VH1 veteran  Rick Krim for the newly created position of executive vice president of artist development. Krim's prime objective in his new role will be to uncover "diverse and untrodden avenues" to break the ...

  2. How Universal Music Group's New Top-Level Troika Brings Peace (For Now)

    April 04, 2014 2:02 PM EDT Island Def Jam Motown is no more. Instead, three free-standing fiefdoms will curry market share favor in a friendly firefight. Universal Music Group’s April 1 announcement that it was splitting Island Def Jam and Motown into three standalone la ...

  3. Scott Borchetta, Chris Stacey on the Relaunch of Dot Records, Big Machine's Latest Imprint

    March 24, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Chris Stacey, former senior VP of promotion for Warner Nashville, set up shop at his new office down the street on Music Row last Friday -- as head of the revamped Dot Records, inside Big Machine’s global headquarters. As the first executive to ...

  4. Austin Mahone Named Digital & Brand Strategist For Aquafina’s FlavorSplash: Inside the 17-Year-Old's First Strategy Meeting (Exclusive)

    December 19, 2013 4:10 PM EST It’s Thursday December 12, the day before the IHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour hits its flagship venue, Madison Square Garden, and Austin Mahone just wants a cheeseburger and fries. And an Aquafina.   The 17-year-old pop singer has just flown in fro ...

  5. Q4 Label Special: Republic Records on Q4 Planning, Lorde's Positioning and Big (Big) Soundtracks

    October 24, 2013 1:36 PM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD Florida Georgia Line, "Here’s to the Good Times" 1.4 million TEA, 940,000 copies No. 4 (peak), 45 weeks Drake, "Nothing Was the Same" 985,000 TEA, 658,000 copies No. 1, 3 weeks “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack 95 ...

  6. Backbeat: Bill Clinton Honors John Sykes, Perry Farrell Introduces Citi’s Jennifer ‘Breitwhite’ Breithaupt @ TJ Martell Gala, Raises $1.4 Mil For Cancer Research

    October 24, 2013 11:12 AM EDT “I’ve gotten used to the same invitation – ‘John, it would be great to have you join us. Can you bring a band?” That was John Sykes, president of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, accepting his award for Lifetime Industry Achievement at t ...

  7. Monte and Avery Lipman Deliver University of Albany Commencement Speech

    May 22, 2013 3:36 PM EDT Republic Records chairman and CEO Monte Lipman, ‘86, and president and COO Avery Lipman, ’88, returned to their alma mater, the University at Albany, to deliver the commencement address on Sunday. More than 13,000 attendees, including 2,250 new ...

  8. International Songwriting Competition Awards Joshua Hanson the 'Grand Prize'

    May 01, 2013 6:25 AM EDT The International Songwriting Competition has bestowed its highest honor, the Grand Prize, to Idaho native Joshua Hanson for his song “Monsters With Misdemeanors.” In a statement issued today, ISC founder and director Candace Avery explains the ...

  9. Backbeat: The Band Perry Preview New LP for Exclusive Audience of Media, Label Execs

    March 29, 2013 1:51 PM EDT NEW YORK -- The last time we saw the Band Perry perform was before an audience of millions during the Grammy nominations concert in December. On Wednesday night, we saw them perform for about two dozen people in a large living room, eight feet i ...

  10. Morning Fix: Beyonce's Sales Soar; Lipmans Re-Up; Indies & Higher Postal Rates; SiriusXM Earnings

    February 05, 2013 12:09 AM EST INCREASED POSTAGE RATES FORCE INDIE LABELS TO CHANGE TACTICS A new round of shipping rate increases from the United States Postal Service— which now charges on a sliding, weight-based scale— is putting palpable pressure on indie labels that rely o ...

  11. Q&A: Charlie Walk, Republic's New EVP, on Returning to a Major, Long-Term Strategy

    February 04, 2013 2:40 PM EST One of the first trips Charlie Walk is taking in his new job as executive vice president of Republic Records is to Hollywood to talk soundtracks. The second "Hunger Games" is 10 months away but already deep into planning stages; " ...

  12. Universal Signs New Agreement With Republic's Monte and Avery Lipman

    February 04, 2013 11:19 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed new long-term agreements with Republic Records founders Monte Lipman and Avery Lipman as they become Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and President & Chief Operating Officer, respectively, of the company ...

  13. It’s Official: Charlie Walk Named EVP of Republic Records

    January 28, 2013 1:01 PM EST As Billboard.biz reported , Charlie Walk was officially named executive vice president of Republic Records, co-founder/CEO Monte Lipman announced today. In his new role, Walk will oversee the Marketing, Promotion and Publicity departments and repo ...

  14. Hurricane Sandy Makes Its Mark on CMA Week

    November 02, 2012 7:39 PM EDT Hurricane Sandy left its mark on Nashville during a week filled with awards dinners and the annual CMA Awards. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco. FutureSound will feature keynotes from the top min ...

  15. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  16. Backbeat: Cash Money Throws BET Awards Party With Birdman, Slim, Monte Lipman, Cortez Bryant, More

    July 03, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Celebrating the Cash Money Billboard cover are (from left) Ronald "Slim" Williams, Cash Money's Vernon Brown, Universal Republic's Monte Lipman, Young Money president Mack Maine, Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Billboard ...

  17. Universal Republic Appoints New Urban A&R VPs

    June 25, 2012 5:02 PM EDT Naim Ali McNair Universal Republic has appointed two new VPs to its urban A&R department: Tab Nkhereanye and Naim Ali McNair. Both will report to senior VP of A&R Wendy Goldstein. Formerly VP of creative at Sony/ATV where he signed Frank O ...

  18. The Changing Role of A&R and 'The Dark Arts of Record Making' at New Music Seminar

    June 21, 2012 6:30 AM EDT (L-R): Moderator Ron Fair; Avery Lipman (Universal Republic); Steve Greenberg (S-Curve); Darius Van Arman (Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans/Secretly Canadian); Josh Deutsch (Downtown); Peter Edge (RCA); Craig Kallman (Atlantic); and Monte Lipman (Universal ...

  19. Backbeat: Rascal Flatts' 'Changed' Doc Premiere, With Scott Borchetta, Barry Weiss, More

    April 09, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Rascal Flatts themselves, (L-R) Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney attend the 'Changed' movie premiere in Times Sqaure. (Getty Images) Superstar country music trio Rascal Flatts , in conjunction with AEG Live and NCM Fathom , h ...

  20. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Honored @ Essence Black Women in Music Gala

    February 09, 2012 10:17 AM EST Honorees Sylvia Rhone, former Motown chief, and rising icon Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) Grammy Week revved up in earnest last night (Feb. 8) with two key events; the Recording Academy's Producer ...

  21. This Week in Billboard History: Van Halen Breaks Up; VH1 Launches; Monte Lipman Named Universal Prez

    January 10, 2012 9:58 AM EST VH1 Logo Launch Tape on Vimeo . 1985: VH-1 'Optimistically Introduced' A page one Billboard story with the headline "MTV'S VH-1 Opens on An Optimistic Note" reports that MTV Networks' second 24-hour cable music servic ...

  22. Universal Republic Appoints Jim Roppo as EVP of Marketing

    January 09, 2012 12:24 PM EST Universal Republic Records announced today that the label has appointed industry veteran Jim Roppo to Executive Vice President of Marketing. Roppo will report to Universal president/CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/COO Avery Lipman, both of whom ...

  23. Rob Stevenson Joins Universal Republic

    August 08, 2011 11:27 AM EDT As forecast by Billboard , Universal Republic Records announced today (August 8) that Rob Stevenson has been appointed to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President of A&R. The announcement was made today by Monte Lipman, President ...

  24. Universal Republic, Twenty First Artists Team Up For Producer/Engineer Management Firm

    March 29, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Universal Republic Records and Twenty First Artists, both divisions of Universal Music Group, today launched Twenty First Republic (TFR), a new management division that caters to U.S.-based music producers and engineers. The announcement was made ...

  25. Steve Rifkind Signs New Three-Year Deal With Universal

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST On the heels of yesterday's announcement that Universal Republic's Monte and Avery Lipman had both re-signed new long-term contracts with UMG comes word that SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind will also remain at Universal for the near future ...

  26. Universal Republic's Preisdent & CEO Monte Lipman Signs New Long-Term Contract With UMG

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Monte Lipman, president/CEO of Universal Republic Records and Avery Lipman, the label's co-president/COO, have signed new long-term contracts with Universal Music Group. Universal Republic's roster includes Jack Johnson, Amy Winehouse, D ...

  27. Jack Johnson: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 07, 2010 4:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 To understand Jack Johnson , it helps to go back to his college days at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He was a film student, albeit one who focused on surfing videos instead of black-and-white meditations on Icelandic ennui. But lik ...

  28. We Are The Fallen Ready To 'Tear The World Down'

    April 01, 2010 12:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 The right label deal is what convinced We Are the Fallen to change plans to release music sporadically and online and instead go for a full-fledged album -- "Tear the World Down," which comes out May 11. Ben Moody and company -- including ...

  29. Wilson Moves To Universal Republic Records

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Universal Republic Records announced Jay Wilson as senior VP of media relations today (Sept. 8). He will oversee development and implementation of media strategies for Universal Republic's roster, including Colbie Caillat, Amy Winehouse, Hinder, ...

  30. Michael Franti Finds 'Love' On The Radio

    September 04, 2009 2:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Several weeks ago as Michael Franti was notching his first Billboard Hot 100 single in a two-decade-plus career, he found himself in surgery with a ruptured appendix. "The doctor is saying, 'It's a lot more serious than we expected bu ...

  31. Mika Conquered The World, America Is Next

    August 14, 2009 6:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 At first impression, the man no one knows as Michael Penniman seems uncharacteristically quiet. As he takes a well-earned break from rehearsing for a tour to promote one of the year's most eagerly anticipated global releases, he seems tired and ...

  32. The Billboard Q&A: Scott Borchetta

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Scott Borchetta signed then-15-year-old Taylor Swift to his fledgling Big Machine Records label in 2005, the former DreamWorks Nashville executive ignored the prevailing view that teen acts don't work in the adult-oriented country format ...

  33. Universal Republic, Big Machine Team For Nashville Label

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Republic and Big Machine Records have teamed for a new Nashville imprint dubbed Republic Nashville. The imprint will be stationed on Music Row and will use the combined resources of Big Machine Universal Republic. Big Machine and Univers ...

  34. Tori Amos: She's Got the Power

    May 05, 2009 3:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tori Amos always puts the ladies first. During the course of her career, she's created a concept album about female archetypes ("American Doll Posse"), rewritten men's songs from a female perspective ("Strange Little Girls&q ...

  35. 'Gossip Girl' Star Leighton Meester Signs Record Deal

    April 24, 2009 12:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Leighton Meester, star of the CW Network's teen drama "Gossip Girl," has signed a deal with Universal Republic through Time-Act Music to release her debut album in the fall. The 23-year-old actress began recording material-- described ...

  36. Wright Named Senior VP At Universal Republic

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Elise Wright has been appointed senior VP of urban music for Universal Republic Records. She reports to Monte Lipman, president and CEO of the label. Wright most recently served as VP of marketing for Universal Motown, a position she took in 2005. ...

  37. Wright Named Senior VP At Universal Republic

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Elise Wright has been named senior VP of urban music at Universal Republic Records, a newly-created position. Wright reports directly to the label's president and CEO Monte Lipman. Previous positions for Wright include VP of marketing, VP of ...

  38. Homemade 'Noodle' Dance Spawns YouTube, Radio Hit

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Chicken noodle soup used to be Campbell's pride, but now it's much more popular because of the Harlem, N.Y., song and dance craze Youtube.com recently made famous. Chicken noodle soup used to be Campbell's pride, but now it's muc ...

  39. Universal Motown Splits In Two

    February 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rhone, Lipman to head two distinct labels. As has been rumored, Universal Motown Records Group is expanding into two distinct labels. Sylvia Rhone will be president of Universal Motown and Monte Lipman will be president of Universal Republic. The ...

  40. The Tangled Web

    June 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: Singingfish.com, the Dead's live recordings, and the Int'l Songwriting Competition. Keeping you up to date on the Web's most intriguing music-related happenings and ...

  41. Mars Volta, Rapture Sign With Strummer

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Details have emerged on Strummer Recordings, the Universal-distributed label run by former Capitol president Gary Gersh that was first announced last year. Strummer's first release, due June 24, is th Details have emerged on Strummer Recordings ...