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    May 27, 2011 0 Comments

    "(New York, NY- June 5, 2009) Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic and Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Records, LLC proudly announced today the formation of a new label partnership – Republic Nashville, which will be based in Nashville. The imprint will be headquartered on Music Row and utilize the combined resources of Big Machine Records and Universal Republic Records.

    Big Machine and Universal Republic first joined forces in 2007 to propel country Superstar Taylor Swift to Top 40 radio and beyond, with Taylor becoming the best-selling all-genre artist in 2008.

    Lipman and Borchetta also announced former Capitol Records Promotion executive Jimmy Harnen has been appointed President of Republic Nashville. Mr. Harnen worked with Borchetta in a previous capacity at DreamWorks Nashville.

    Monte Lipman commented: "Scott Borchetta and his great team at Big Machine and the Valory Music Co. continue to tower over the country music landscape with a tireless commitment to their artists and a visionary approach to discovering new talent that has become the benchmark of Nashville. We're thrilled to expand our relationship with them, and welcome Jimmy Harnen as he steps into this key role at a crucial juncture in our two companies' unique history together."

    "Monte and I have been searching for a way to expand our business relationship and I believe we have found the perfect compliment in the creation of Republic Nashville,” stated Borchetta. “This venture is an opportunity to utilize the best of our Nashville resources and the best of Monte’s New York resources to create a powerhouse entertainment company. It also affords me the opportunity to bring Jimmy Harnen into the family in a presidential role. Jimmy’s tireless ambition, leadership, trend-spotting, A&R tastes and shared vision for this cutting-edge new company is going to prove to be very successful and a helluva lot of fun.”

    “Reuniting with Scott is fantastic in so many ways,” stated Jimmy Harnen. “As a friend and a colleague, it's been a thrill to see him and his incredible team achieve such great success these past few years. I relish the opportunity to join the environment he has created that epitomizes the cutting edge of Nashville and the entire music scene. I'm also looking forward to working with Monte Lipman, one of the most respected executives in our entire business, as we combine our resources to make Republic Nashville a productive and unique success story."

    Previously, Harnen was Senior Vice President of Promotion for Capitol Records, Nashville. In 2006 he was Vice-President of Promotion for the company. From 2000 to 2003 Mr. Harnen was Co-National Director of Promotion for DreamWorks Records in Nashville, working closely with Mr. Borchetta, who was a DreamWorks executive at the time.

    Republic Nashville's inaugural roster includes honky tonkin' singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney and new country duo Fast Ryde and sibling artists, The Band Perry.

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    RECORD-BREAKING DUO FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ENLISTS FRIENDS FOR “THIS IS HOW WE CRUISE”

    March 28, 2014 0 Comments

    Four-Day Cruise to Include Multi-Platinum Superstar Nelly, Hot Newcomer Thomas Rhett & More

    Current Single “This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan Certified GOLD and Multi-Week #1“Stay” Certified PLATINUM

    NASHVILLE, TN - (March 27, 2014) – Award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line, in partnership with Sixthman Ltd., announced the first ever “This is How We Cruise” music festival at sea, and they are bringing along their friends multi-platinum superstar Nelly, hot newcomer Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford, The Cadillac Three, Canaan Smith and Chris Lane. Artists will perform on multiple stages throughout the ship as well as host activities, intimate fan experiences and live on-stage collaborations aboard the Norwegian Pearl from November 8-12.

    The four-day musical cruise will set sail from Miami, FL, to Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s Private Island in the Bahamas. Guests will enjoy the Norwegian Pearl’s 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, outdoor pool, hot tubs, expansive spa and fitness center and more. For more information and reservations, visit www.fglcruise.com.

    The record-breaking duo is riding high as their latest single, “This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan, has been officially certified GOLD for sales exceeding 500,000. The song is from the deluxe version of their chart-topping, PLATINUM-certified debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES (Republic Nashville).

    FGL has exploded since releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the PLATINUM-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” "Round Here," and 6X PLATINUM “Cruise,” whose sales are combined with the remix featuring Nelly. Breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold nearly 6.8 million downloads in the US alone and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time according to SoundScan.

    FGL has racked up four nominations - Vocal Duo of the Year, Album of the Year (HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES), Single of the Year (“Cruise”) and Vocal Event of the Year (“Cruise” Remix featuring Nelly) - for the ACM Awards. The talented pair will also host the ACM Fan Jam during the show, which airs April 6 at 8:00P Eastern on CBS.

    The unstoppable duo is currently on the road as direct support for Jason Aldean’s NIGHT TRAIN Tour and will turn up the heat with their headline run - THIS IS HOW WE ROLL SUMMER SERIES 2014 - featuring special guest Nelly and opening act Chris Lane. For tour dates and more, check out www.FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.

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