Avery Lipman

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Avery Lipman
Alma materUniversity at Albany
OccupationMusic industry executive
Years active1986 to present
EmployerUniversal Music Group
Known forCo-Founder - Republic Records
TitlePresident and COO
RelativesMonte Lipman

Avery Lipman is an American music industry executive. He is the co-founder and current President and COO of Republic Records. Over the course of his career, he had been involved with numerous acts including 3 Doors Down, Ariana Grande, Godsmack, Jack Johnson, Julia Michaels, The Naked and Famous, Post Malone, Phantogram and numerous others. He is the brother of fellow Republic co-founder and executive, Monte Lipman.

Early life and education[edit]

Avery Lipman grew up partially in Montclair, New Jersey.[1] He attended Montclair High School where he played on the school's football[2] and baseball teams[3] and graduated in 1984.[4][5] He then attended the University at Albany where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in English in 1988.[6][7]


One of Lipman's first jobs after college was as Clive Davis' assistant at Arista Records.[8] He parlayed that into a job at Sony Music International as the director of business administration in 1991.[9][10] In 1995, he and his older brother, Monte Lipman, founded the independent label, Republic Records.[11] The first act signed by the Lipmans was Bloodhound Gang whose record "Fire Water Burn" was picked up by the Los Angeles radio station, KROQ.[1]

The brothers followed that by signing Chumbawumba to Republic after listening to the band's album Tubthumper just one time. That album sold over 10 million copies worldwide.[12][13] It was also the first Republic album to be distributed by Universal Records after the Lipmans signed a joint venture to make Republic an imprint of Universal.[14] Both the Lipmans have been associated with Universal Music in one way or another since that point.[15] Other acts Lipman helped sign in Republic's early years included 3 Doors Down, Godsmack, and numerous others.[16][17]

In January 2000, Universal Music Group outright acquired Republic Records. As a result, Lipman was named the senior vice president of Republic after having been the label's general manager for several years. In January 2001, he was named the President of Republic Records.[18][19] In 2006, corporate restructuring saw Universal Records merge with Republic, creating Universal Republic Records.[9][20] Lipman became a senior vice president of the new combined label. In January 2008, Lipman was named co-president and COO of Universal Republic with his brother Monte (who also held the title of CEO). At the time, the label's acts included Amy Winehouse, Jack Johnson, Colbie Caillat, Hinder, Damian Marley, India Arie, and others.[21][22]

In the ensuing years, Lipman helped foster joint ventures with Big Machine Records and Cash Money Records (among others) to bring artists like Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj under the Republic fold.[11][23] In February 2013, Universal Music Group signed both Avery and Monte Lipman to long-term contracts, giving Avery the title of sole president and COO of Republic. By that point, the label's roster had expanded to include The Weeknd, Gotye, and PSY, among others. The label officially returned to its original Republic moniker around that time.[15][11] Ariana Grande was signed to the label later that year.[24]

The success of releases from Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Florence + the Machine, and others led to Republic being the number one label in market share in 2014.[25][26] The following year, it was Billboard's "Top Label," "Top Hot 100 Label," and "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Label," among other plaudits.[27] In 2017, Republic had two of Billboard's top 10 most-streamed songs in "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and "Congratulations" by Post Malone.[28] In November 2018, Lipman helped officially bring Taylor Swift to Republic. Swift had previously released music through a partnership with Republic and Big Machine Records.[29]


Lipman is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. He sits on the board of the T.J. Martell Foundation, which honored him and his brother with the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2010.[30][31] He and his brother were collectively honored as the "Music Visionaries of the Year" by the UJA-Federation of New York for their contributions to the organization.[32] In 2017, Lipman was given the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's "Spirit of Hope Award" for his contributions to that organization.[33] In 2018, Lipman was among four honorees at the Angel Ball, a fundraising event for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.[34] Lipman has also noted that he is involved with the organization, Hope for Heroism, which assists Israeli soldiers who were wounded in combat.[35]


  1. ^ a b "Monte and Avery Lipman, '86, '88 - A Shared Musical Passion". University at Albany. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
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  3. ^ "Wardlaw-Hartridge defeats Pennington". The Courier-News. 9 April 1984. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
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  9. ^ a b "Monte and Avery Lipman,'86,'88 Run Universal Republic Records". University at Albany. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Republic Records Founders Monte Lipman, '86 and Avery Lipman, '88 to Deliver 2013 UAlbany Undergraduate Commencement Address". University at Albany. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Chepurny, Gabi (5 February 2013). "Universal Signs New Agreement With Republic's Monte and Avery Lipman". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
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  14. ^ Rosen, Craig (17 January 1998). "Lipmans' Republic Label Signs With Universal For Distribution". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  15. ^ a b Morris, Chris (4 February 2013). "Lipman brothers re-up with UMG". Variety. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  16. ^ Hay, Carla (26 November 1999). "Godsmack wins fans in Boston before making national impact". Florida Today. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  17. ^ Shustack, Mary (24 June 2001). "Unspun hopes to spin a hit". The Journal News. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
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  19. ^ Oppelaar, Justin (7 January 2001). "UMG labels Lipman as Republic prexy". Variety. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Universal Music Label to Be Split Into Two". Los Angeles Times. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  21. ^ Walsh, Chris M. (8 January 2008). "Uni Republic taps Lipman co-president". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  22. ^ Morris, Chris (4 January 2011). "Monte and Avery Lipman re-up with UMG". Variety. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Universal Republic's Preisdent & CEO Monte Lipman Signs New Long-Term Contract With UMG". Billboard. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  24. ^ Hampp, Andrew (15 January 2014). "Monte Lipman & Avery Lipman: The 2014 Billboard Power 100". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  25. ^ Hampp, Andrew (15 December 2014). "Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  26. ^ "Avery Lipman & Monte Lipman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100". Billboard. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  27. ^ "No. 15: Avery & Monte Lipman | Power 100". Billboard. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  28. ^ "No. 14: Monte Lipman & Avery Lipman | Power 100". Billboard. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  29. ^ Spanos, Brittany (21 December 2018). "Taylor Swift Signs With Republic Records and UMG, Her First New Home in 13 Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  30. ^ Bennett, Brad (11 January 2019). "The T.J. Martell Foundation-Music's Promise for a Cure-Looks Back on 2018-Partners with Music Industry VIPs to Help Find a Cure". The Daily Telescope. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  31. ^ Deroche, Brandon (5 November 2010). "T.J. Martell Foundation Celebrates 35 Years (VIDEO)". HuffPost. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  32. ^ "Dedicated Brothers, Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman, Honored at Music Visionary Luncheon". UJA-Federation of New York. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  33. ^ "Tony Bennett to Perform at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Annual Fall Gala to Benefit Groundbreaking Cancer Research". Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  34. ^ Greer, Carlos (23 October 2018). "Denise Rich's cancer foundation holds starry 20th anniversary ball". Page Six. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  35. ^ Rogers, Ray (15 October 2015). "17 Top Music Execs On Giving Back, The Charities They Support and Their Love For UJA". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2019.

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