Monte Lipman
Courtesy of Universal Music Group
United States

Republic Records


Chairman / CEO

No other label held the No. 1 spot on the Albums chart in 2021 for as many weeks as Republic — 20 to be specific — with three Taylor Swift sets and ones from Drake, Morgan Wallen and the late Pop Smoke stitching that winning streak. It’s no wonder the label Lipman founded back in 1995 led market share for current album sales in 2021. Swift became the first female artist to score three No. 1 albums in less than a year’s time, but she wasn’t the only Republic act breaking records. The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” marked the most weeks charting on the Billboard Hot 100, while Drake became the first artist to see three songs simultaneously debut across that chart’s top three slots. Furthermore, Republic brought John Legend to its roster in November after the artist’s 17-year stay with Sony Music.


  • Universal Music Group
  • Republic Records
  • Big Machine Label Group


  • State University of New York Albany (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Hitmakers
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Republic Records Names Dave Rocco Chief Creative Officer

Republic Records Names Dave Rocco Chief Creative Officer

Republic Records has named Dave Rocco to the newly created role of chief creative officer, label founders Monte Lipman and Avery Lipman announced on Wedesday. According to the announcement, Rocco “will bring his creative vision, innovative thinking and strategic expertise to Republic and its world-class roster of artists.”“In many ways, Dave is an artist trapped in an executive’s body,” said Monte Lipman. “He’s an amazing storyteller with a vivid imagination and an ability to break boundaries and completely rewrite the rules. He brings an inimitable spirit to the table. I...


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