Republic Records holds the top three slots on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 14) — the first time any label has pulled off the feat in over 15 years, and the first time Republic has achieved the distinction.
Republic stands tall with Drake’s Scorpion (released on Young Money/Cash Money through Republic) at No. 1, Florence + The Machine’s High as Hope at No. 2, and Post Malone’s former leader beerbongs & bentleys at No. 3.
Monte Lipman, founder and chairman of Republic Records, tells Billboard in a statement: “With our passion for music and pursuit of excellence on behalf of the artist community, we take tremendous pride in this accomplishment. Drake, Florence and Post Malone have released groundbreaking albums that define a generation.”
The last time one label had Nos. 1-3 on the tally was back on the list dated May 31, 2003. That week, Interscope Records was king with Marilyn Manson’s The Golden Age of Grotesque (Nothing/Interscope), 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) and Cold’s Year of the Spider (Flip/Geffen/Interscope).
Before that, the last time a label held the top three was back in 1996, when Interscope — again — locked up the entire top four. On the Dec. 7, 1996, chart, Nos. 1-4 were: Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase (Trauma/Interscope), Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Tha Doggfather (Death Row/Interscope), No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom (Trauma/Interscope) and Makaveli’s The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (Death Row/Interscope).
It’s worth noting that since 2003, there was a label group that monopolized the top three. On Sept. 23, 2006, the Sony Music Label Group (combining Columbia Records and Epic Records’ sales and distribution departments into one entity) had the top three with Beyoncé’s B’Day (Columbia/Sony Music), Audioslave’s Revelations (Interscope/Epic/Sony Music) and Bob Dylan’s Modern Times (Columbia/Sony Music). The Sony Music Label Group (which began after the Sony/BMG merger in 2004) eventually morphed into the Columbia/Epic Label Group and then dissolved in 2011, letting the two labels stand alone once again.