Logo in use since November 2012
|Parent company||Universal Music Group|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||New York City, New York, U.S.|
Republic Records is an American 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 reverting to its original name in 2012.
Artists signed to Republic Records include Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Amy Winehouse, Nav, The Weeknd, Jessie J, Greta Van Fleet, Taylor Swift, Black Veil Brides, Andy Black, Lorde, MIKA, Christina Grimmie, Florence and the Machine, Post Malone, Hailee Steinfeld, Julia Michaels, Austin Mahone, 3 Doors Down and DNCE. It’s country music subsidiary Republic Nashville has signed Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, and Eli Young Band.
According to Avery Lipman, he and his brother Monte conceived 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 grassroot approach to the business. The first record we put out happened to work really well. That was the Bloodhound Gang.
The newly named Republic Records was formed in 1995 as a subsidiary of MCA's Geffen Records, but a little after the distribution changed to the newly Universal Records. The Lipman brothers accepted an offer from Universal in 2008, and resigned from UMG in 2011.
Universal Music Group acquired the Lipman brothers' Republic Records as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1999. Monte Lipman was named president of the newly established Universal Records label, and Avery Lipman was named its chief operating officer. They reported to Doug Morris (chairman of Universal Music Group) and Mel Lewinter, chairman of Universal Records Group.
In 2006, Universal Republic adopted an A&R and partnership-based growth strategy. Changes were made at the Universal Motown Republic Group during the summer of 2011. Motown Records was separated from Universal Motown Records; it shut down, transferring its artists 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 the Universal Motown Republic Group.
In October 2012, Universal Republic Records again re-branded itself 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 released albums by Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi and Tyga; according to executive vice-president Charlie Walk, the new Republic Records was the number-one soundtrack label. On March 31, 2014, it was announced that Big Machine and Republic Records had revived Dot Records and Chris Stacey would head the label. Dot was the third label (after Valory and Republic Nashville) introduced as part of the Big Machine Label Group.
It was announced on June 20, 2014 that Republic had joined VH1 for a "Make a Band Famous" campaign, which would pick an artist for network appearances and Republic's roster. VH1 and Republic used social media for the campaign. Republic Records had songs in six of the top-10 spots on the Mediabase Top 40 Chart in 2015, tying a 2013 record.
The label appointed former New Line Cinema senior music executive Dana Sano its first executive vice-president of film and television in July 2017. The position oversees film and TV projects and the Federal Films initiative, working with UMG's Polygram Entertainment. In November 2017, the company was named Variety's Hitmaker Label of the Year. The following year, Republic named Donna Gryn senior vice-president of marketing.
Republic Records released the Bloodhound Gang's 1994 EP, Dingleberry Haze, 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. Jay Sean's debut single, "Down", sold three million copies in the United States and six million copies worldwide. Sean's follow-up single, "Do You Remember", sold over one million copies.
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift recorded with Nashville-based Big Machine Records. Swift is a quadruple-platinum artist with 10 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. Jack Johnson has received a number of gold and platinum certifications. Damian Marley's debut album was certified gold and sold one million copies worldwide.
|Amy Winehouse||2007||British Soul, R&B and jazz singer and songwriter|
|Nicki Minaj||2008||Contemporary R&B, hip hop and pop rapper, singer and songwriter|
|Owl City||2009||Electronica project by singer and songwriter Adam Young|
|Black Veil Brides||2010||Rock band from Cincinnati|
|James Blake||2011||Contemporary R&B, electronic, and soul singer and songwriter|
|Jessie J||2011||British Contemporary R&B, pop and soul singer and songwriter|
|Ariana Grande||2011||American Contemporary R&B and pop singer and songwriter|
|The Weeknd||2012||Canadian contemporary R&B and pop singer, songwriter and record producer|
|Lorde||2013||Pop singer and songwriter from New Zealand|
|St. Vincent||2013||Rock singer and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Peter Gabriel||2013||British musician and singer songwriter, former leadman of Genesis|
|Post Malone||2015||American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer|
|Hailee Steinfeld||2015||American pop singer from Thousand Oaks, CA|
|Ski Mask the Slump God||2016||American rapper|
|Nav||2016||Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Toronto, Ontario|
|Greta Van Fleet||2017||Rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan|
|Yung Gravy||2017||American rapper from Rochester, Minnesota|
|Taylor Swift||2018||American pop singer-songwriter and record producer from Nashville, Tennessee|
|TXT||2019||Korean pop band|
|Jonas Brothers||2019||American pop rock band from Little Falls, New Jersey|
|Lil Tecca||2019||American rapper from Queens, New York|
|Snoop Dogg||2019||American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer|
|Wiz Khalifa||2019||American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|JoN JaneZ||2019||Puerto Rican rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Dorado, Puerto Rico|
|Zuh Cordero||2019||Puerto Rican pop rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Dorado, Puerto Rico|