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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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    FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE GOT THEIR SLIME ON FOR NICKELODEON'S KIDS' CHOICE SPORTS AWARDS 2014

    July 21, 2014 0 Comments

    Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line performed a mashup of their fifth consecutive Platinum-certified hit “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan) and 7X Platinum smash “Cruise” on Nickelodeon's first-ever Kids' Choice Sports Awards last Thursday (7/17) at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. Adding to the fun, FGL got their slime on as they launched the signature green goo into the crowd while closing out their appearance. Earlier in the week, FGL's brand new single "Dirt" piled high, landing at #1 on the Country Digital Singles chart and #2 on Top Digital Songs for sales of 182,929 tracks in the first week. The record-breaking track is from their forthcoming sophomore album on Republic Nashville slated for release this fall.

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    FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE PLOWS TO THE TOP WITH “DIRT”

    July 16, 2014 0 Comments

    New Single Debuts at #1 Country Digital Singles Chart & #2 Top Digital Songs Selling 182,929 Tracks in First Week

    Breaks Record for Highest One-Week Add Total

    It’s full-steam ahead for superstar duo Florida Georgia Line whose momentum continues with a top spot debut of “Dirt” at #1 on the Country Digital Singles chart and #2 on Top Digital Songs for sales of 182,929 tracks in the first week. Additionally, “Dirt” scored the #1 spot on both the all genre Digital Songs and Country charts in Canada. The lead track from their forthcoming sophomore album on Republic Nashville shot to #1 on both the iTunes all genre and Country charts in the US and Canada, while also sitting atop the Country chart in Australia shortly after release.

    Making a record-breaking splash at Country radio, “Dirt” earned the highest one-week add total in Country Aircheck history with 130 stations on in the US. In Canada, "Dirt" was the #1 Most Added song at Country on Mediabase and tied for #1 Most Added for all genres.

    Inspired by the emotionally-fueled song, FGL recently launched the Dirt Campaign, partnering with the fundraising platform Omaze to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit which creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. The official “Dirt” music video and Entertainment Tonight’s exclusive behind-the-scenes footage bring even more life with tender lyrics like “you know you came from it and some day you’ll return to it.”

    Music critics across the country have embraced FGL’s fresh sound with rave reviews:

    "’Dirt’ is arguably the country duo's most sentimental — and definitely the most traditional — song to date. It connects dirt with everything from birth to death to falling in love...” ROLLING STONE

    “Country music's party boys start thinking about settling down […] a plot of land tugs hard on Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley’s souls in this pensive ballad…” USA TODAY (“Song of the Week”)

    “The heartfelt song is a sound unlike anything we’ve heard from the duo before, and the clip it has quite the cameo [JD Souther].” TASTE OF COUNTRY

    "Florida Georgia Line sets a career-high bow on Country Airplay, as "Dirt" debuts with Hot Shot Debut stripes at No. 16 – the chart's highest launch this year." BILLBOARD

    The nostalgic yet inspiring material covers new ground for FGL, who skyrocketed across genres with four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes – the PLATINUM-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” "Round Here" and 7X PLATINUM “Cruise,” which broke the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time (SoundScan). Producer Joey Moi is once again at the helm of the new music, following up FGL’s 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, which has tallied over 15 million tracks sold worldwide.

    The ACM Vocal Duo of the Year is slated to perform a mashup of hits at Nickelodeon’s inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports Awards this Thursday, July 17. A continual favorite among the younger crowds, FGL is nominated for Choice Country Group at the August 10 TEEN CHOICE Awards on FOX and fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day via teenchoiceawards.com. The plethora of previous industry honors includes ACA, AMA, ACM, Billboard, CMA and CMT Music Awards.

    Currently on the road as direct support for Jason Aldean’s BURN IT DOWN Tour, FGL will host “This is How We Cruise” aboard the Norwegian Pearl in November.

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