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Republic Records is a –based owned by (UMG). It was founded by and as an independent label in 1995, and was acquired by UMG in 2000. Republic was initially an imprint of the , and was renamed Universal Republic Records after a reorganization in 2006 before going back to its original name in 2012.


History


Foundation and Universal Records: 1994–2005

According to Avery Lipman, he and his brother Monte conceived the idea for Republic Records at their apartment in . 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 's '. Republic Records was formed in 1995 as a subsidiary of 's , but soon after its foundation, the distribution changed to the newly established . In January 2000, it was announced that the Universal Music Group acquired the Lipman brothers' Republic Records as a wholly owned . was named president of the Universal Records label, while Avery Lipman became Republic's president.


Universal Republic Records: 2006–2012

In 2006, corporate restructuring saw the formation of Universal Republic Records through a merger between the two labels. Monte Lipman became the president and CEO of the restructured label while Avery Lipman served as co-president and COO. Other changes were made at the label's parent, Universal Motown Republic Group, during the summer of 2011. 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. In August 2011, the restructured Universal Republic signed to a record contract.


Republic Records revival: 2012–present

In October 2012, Universal Republic Records returned to the Republic Records moniker. Just prior to the label's return to the Republic name, it signed Canadian artist, , through his imprint label, . In addition to artists' albums, the label has released soundtracks with the ('), NBC ('), and former UMG parent ('), among numerous other partnerships, films, and television series. Republic Records had songs in six of the top-10 spots on the Mediabase Top 40 Chart in 2015, tying a 2013 record. Also in 2015, the label signed American rapper and singer, . In November 2017, the company was named 's Hitmaker Label of the Year. In 2018, signed to Republic Records after releasing her music through the Republic imprint, , for a majority of her career. In December of that year, Republic partnered with on the release of the for '. The soundtrack's lead single was Post Malone and 's "" which reached number one on the and broke the record for most weeks in the top ten of the chart at 45. Early 2019 saw the signing of a reunited , as well. Also in 2019, Republic Records was named the "Label of the Year" by both ' and ''Variety''. It has been ''Billboard''s label of the year for 4 of the last 5 years and ''Variety''s for each of the last three. Republic was also named ''Billboard''s Label of the Year for the sixth straight time. Five Republic albums (Ariana Grande's ', Taylor Swift's ', Post Malone's ', Drake's ' and Post Malone's ') also appeared in the top 10 of the chart. In 2020, Republic Records partnered up with for the Korean Girl Group 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 the US. On 8th April 2020, it was stated that the record has partnered up with the Korean Girl Group after the release of their 3rd mini album , marking the group's official debut in the US. Republic Records became the first label to partner with , 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. In January 2021, the label had five of the top seven albums on the ''Billboard'' 200 chart, including the top three spots with 's ', Taylor Swift's ', and 's '. The Weeknd's ' and Ariana Grande's ' were sixth and seventh respectively. That month, Republic also had six of the top ten albums on the ' album chart and nine of the top 20 songs on the ''Rolling Stone'' song chart. In March 2021, Taylor Swift became the first Republic artist to win the for for her album, '. On November 24 2021, Jim Roppo and Wendy Goldstein were named co-presidents of Republic Records.


Releases

Republic Records released the 's 1994 EP, ', and their first LP, '. 's single, "", was certified triple platinum by the . Jay Sean's debut single, "", sold six million copies in the United States and received a large on radio worldwide. Sean's follow-up single, "", sold over one million copies. American singer-songwriter recorded with Nashville-based . Swift is a quadruple-platinum artist with 11 s 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 "" with the label and her own label "" released on April 26, 2019. has received a number of gold and platinum certifications. 's debut album was certified gold and sold one million copies worldwide.Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley’s Welcome To Jamrock Certified Gold by RIAA; Project Also Nominated for Two Grammy Awards
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Other prominent Republic releases in recent years have come from acts like Ariana Grande (2013's ', 2014's ', 2016's ', 2018's ', 2019's '','' and 2020's '); the Jonas Brothers (2019's '); Taylor Swift (2019's , 2020's and ', and 2021's ' and '); The Weeknd (2013's ', 2015's ', 2016's ', and 2020’s '); (2015's ' and 2018's '); (2013's ', 2017's ', and 2021's '); (2019's '); and (2020's ') and Kim Petras new album coming soon .


Artists

As of 2020, the current Republic Records roster includes , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and Kim Petras and more. Republic has also brought numerous other artists under its umbrella with strategic partnerships with labels like (), (, , , ), (, , ), (, , ), (, ), (, ), (, , , ), (), (), (, , ), (, ), and others.


Associated labels and imprints

* * * * * * * * * * Castro Music * * * Imperial Music * Indie Pop Music * * * * * * No Emotion * * * * * TR Entertainment * *


References


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* * {{Authority control Record labels established in 1995