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Monte Lipman
Monte Lipman Headshot Cropped.jpg
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity at Albany
OccupationMusic industry executive
Years active1986–present
EmployerUniversal Music Group
Known forFounder - Republic Records
TitleChairman and CEO
RelativesAvery Lipman

Monte Lipman is an American music industry executive. He is the founder and current CEO of Republic Records. Over the course of his career, he has worked with a wide range of artists, including James Blake, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse, and numerous others. He is the brother of Avery Lipman.

Early life and education

Lipman grew up partially in Montclair, New Jersey and graduated from Montclair High School.[1][2] After high school, Lipman went to college at the University at Albany where he served on the university's concert board. There, he was in charge of finding acts to perform on campus and setting up concert events.[3] He graduated in 1986 with a degree in communication and rhetoric.[1]

Career

1986–2000: Career beginnings and first Republic Records run

After college, Lipman worked at a variety of record labels over the course of 9 years.[4][5][6] In 1995,[7] Lipman co-founded Republic Records with his younger brother, Avery. The first act they signed was Bloodhound Gang. KROQ in Los Angeles picked up the band's record, "Fire Water Burn."[1] Their next client was Chumbawumba. After listening to a demo of the band's album, Tubthumper, the Lipman brothers immediately offered to sign them to a deal on their imprint, a co-venture with Universal Records. The band's album went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.[3][8] This began the Lipmans' long-term relationship with Universal Music in which they have held positions at the organization in one form or another since then.[9] Other major acts signed in Republic's early years included 3 Doors Down and Godsmack (among others).[5][7][10][11]

2000–2012: President of Universal Records and Universal Republic

In January 2000, Lipman was named the President of Universal Records, and Republic Records was folded into that company.[5][12] Early in his tenure, Lipman oversaw Universal Records' first Billboard 200 number one album with Nelly's Country Grammar.[13] In his first six years there, Lipman oversaw acts like Big Tymers,[14] Jack Johnson,[15] Lil Wayne,[10] Hinder, and Damien Marley along with Republic holdovers, 3 Doors Down and Godsmack.[16]

In 2006, Universal Records was merged into Republic, forming the label Universal Republic Records.[4][17] Lipman became the President and CEO of that new entity.[18] In that role, Lipman signed artists like Amy Winehouse, Colbie Caillat, India Arie, Mika, Enrique Iglesias, and Florence + the Machine by 2011.[18][19][20] Lipman also formed strategic alliances with other labels in order to cross-promote musicians, including Taylor Swift and The Band Perry with Big Machine Records and Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne with Cash Money Records.[19][21]

2012–present: Return to Republic name

In 2012, Lipman helped produce the soundtrack for the film, The Hunger Games.[22] That year, his record company returned to its original name, Republic Records. By 2013, Lipman had added artists like Gotye, PSY, and The Weeknd to the Republic fold. In February 2013, Lipman signed another new contract to remain with Republic Records and was also given the new title of Chairman and CEO of the company.[23][24][25] A friend of Lipman's came across videos of Ariana Grande singing cover songs on YouTube. Impressed by her vocals, he sent the links to Lipman, who signed her to a recording contract.[26]

In 2014, releases from Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift along with a variety of soundtracks led Republic to become Nielsen's number 1 label in market share.[27] In 2015, Lipman led Republic Records to topping Billboard lists for Top Label and Top Hot 100 Label (among others).[28][29] In July 2018, Republic held the top three spots on the Billboard 200 list, a feat that had not been accomplished in 15 years. Drake's Scorpion was number 1, Florence + the Machine's High as Hope number 2, and Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys number 3.[30] In November 2018, Lipman signed Taylor Swift to Republic Records. Her music had been released by Big Machine Records in partnership with Republic since 2007.[31]

Philanthropy

Outside of music, Lipman is engaged in numerous philanthropic causes. He sits on the boards of the Amy Winehouse Foundation;[32] the T.J. Martell Foundation (which honored him with the "Humanitarian of the Year" award in 2010);[33] the UJA-Federation of New York (which named him 2015's "Music Visionary of the Year");[34] and DKMS (Delete Blood Cancer).[35][36] In 2016, Lipman and his wife Angelina were honored at the 10th Annual DKMS Gala for their contributions to the organization.[37] Among other honors, Lipman also received the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's "Spirit of Hope Award" in 2017[38] and was one of four honorees at the 2018 Angel Ball.[39]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Monte and Avery Lipman, '86, '88 - A Shared Musical Passion". University at Albany. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Lipman-Davis". Tampa Bay Times. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Mason, Justin (20 May 2013). "Brothers share success with UAlbany's grads". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Monte and Avery Lipman,'86,'88 Run Universal Republic Records". University at Albany. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Taylor, Chuck (15 January 2000). "Lipman to Head Up Universal Records". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  6. ^ Dan Charnas (2011). The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. Penguin Books. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Oppelaar, Justin (7 January 2001). "UMG labels Lipman as Republic prexy". Variety. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  8. ^ Crowe, Jerry (19 October 1997). "Po(p)litical". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  9. ^ Pakinkis, Tom (February 5, 2013). "Republic Records' Lipman brothers sign new agreement with Universal". Music Week. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  10. ^ a b 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 21 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Chumbawumba's Pop Rocks". Daily News. 1 December 1999. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  12. ^ Philips, Chuck (6 January 2000). "Universal Records Gets New President". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  13. ^ Conniff, Tamara (18 August 2000). "At No. 1, Nelly gives lesson in 'Grammar'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  14. ^ Leeds, Jeff (29 December 2002). "After a Rocky Year, Time to Face the Music". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  15. ^ Hochman, Steve (8 December 2002). "Grammy ads may result in a showdown". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  16. ^ Paoletta, Michael (19 August 2006). "Seeing the Light". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Universal Music Label to Be Split Into Two". Los Angeles Times. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  18. ^ a b Walsh, Chris M. (8 January 2008). "Uni Republic taps Lipman co-president". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  19. ^ a b Mitchell, Gail (26 January 2012). "Billboard Power 100: Monte Lipman". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  20. ^ Morris, Chris (4 January 2011). "Monte and Avery Lipman re-up with UMG". Variety. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  21. ^ Halperin, Shirley (4 January 2011). "Universal Republic's Lipman Brothers Re-Sign With UMG". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  22. ^ Smith, Ethan (21 March 2012). "'Hunger Games' Steps In to Save the Soundtrack". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  23. ^ Morris, Chris (4 February 2013). "Lipman brothers re-up with UMG". Variety. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  24. ^ Chepurny, Gabi (5 February 2013). "Universal Signs New Agreement With Republic's Monte and Avery Lipman". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  25. ^ Hampp, Andrew (15 January 2014). "Monte Lipman & Avery Lipman: The 2014 Billboard Power 100". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  26. ^ Goodman, Lizzy (15 August 2014). "Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  27. ^ "Avery Lipman & Monte Lipman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100". Billboard. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  28. ^ "No. 15: Avery & Monte Lipman | Power 100". Billboard. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  29. ^ Halperin, Shirley (21 November 2017). "Hitmakers: From 'Despacito' to Post Malone, Republic Records Had (Another) Very Good Year". Variety. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  30. ^ Caulfield, Keith (12 July 2018). "Republic Records Rules Top 3 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Led by Drake, Florence + The Machine & Post Malone". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  31. ^ Spanos, Brittany (21 December 2018). "Taylor Swift Signs With Republic Records and UMG, Her First New Home in 13 Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  32. ^ "Amy's Dad: Mitch Winehouse's Second Life". Spin Magazine. November 8, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  33. ^ Brandon Deroche (November 5, 2010). "TJ Martell Foundation celebrates 35 years". Huffington Post . Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  34. ^ "Dedicated Brothers, Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman, Honored at Music Visionary Luncheon". UJA-Federation of New York. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  35. ^ "DKMS - Leaders". DKMS. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  36. ^ "Republic Records Founders Monte Lipman, '86 and Avery Lipman, '88 to Deliver 2013 UAlbany Undergraduate Commencement Address". University at Albany. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  37. ^ Grinnell, Sunhee (9 May 2016). "Ariana Grande Gives Big Love for DKMS's Celebrating 25 Years of Lifesaving Missions". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  38. ^ "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 21 December 2018.
  39. ^ "Gabrielle's Angel Foundation To Host Angel Ball 2018 Honoring Dottie Herman, Monte Lipman, Avery Lipman And Harvey Spevak". Broadway World. 19 September 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.