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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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    CBS SPORTS TEAMS UP WITH SUPERSTAR DUO FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

    September 12, 2014 0 Comments

    CBS Sports has teamed up with superstar duo FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE for its SEC ON CBS broadcasts. The reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year has recorded a customized version of the song “That’s What’s Up” off a deluxe edition of their highly anticipated second album ANYTHING GOES (Republic Nashville), due out October 14. The song, along with elements from a video shoot with the duo, will be utilized as part of CBS Sports’ national coverage of Southeastern Conference football throughout the season.

    The customized song highlights the pageantry and passion around SEC football. CBS Sports also will incorporate elements from FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s massive tailgate party to kick off GEORGIA-FLORIDA weekend and headline the ANYTHING GOES TAILGATE 2014 concert at the Jacksonville shipyards on October 31 in its broadcast of the annual Florida vs. Georgia game, played the next day (Saturday, Nov. 1; 3:30PM, ET).

    SEC ON CBS kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 13 (3:30 PM, ET) with *No. 6-ranked Georgia taking on No. 24-ranked South Carolina. Getting their game on, FGL’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are playing Fantasy Football on CBSSports.com this year, competing against fans who won a spot in the duo's league.

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    RECORD-BREAKING, SUPERSTAR DUO FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE TO HOST FIRST-EVER “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS” LIVE MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, ON FOX

    September 12, 2014 0 Comments

    Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are set to host the inaugural television broadcast of the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, airing live Monday, Dec. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Broadcast live from the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, the two-hour show will honor the year’s best country music with awards, performances, special moments and additional surprises. Country music’s biggest stars will celebrate and pay tribute to the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner.

    The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” which is distributed by the Westwood One division of Cumulus and currently celebrating its 41st year. Launched in 1973, the radio show now airs on more than 280 radio stations in 155 markets, covering 90% of the country.

    “Brian and Tyler are incredible artists and friends with undeniable chemistry that will make them the perfect hosts for the first-ever AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS,” said Mark Bracco, EVP, Programing and Development, dick clark productions.

    Florida Georgia Line is continuing their record-breaking momentum with Gold-certified “Dirt,” the lead single from their highly anticipated sophomore album “Anything Goes,” slated for release on Tuesday, Oct. 14 (Republic Nashville). Already dominating with a No. 1 debut on the Country Digital Singles chart, “Dirt” shot to No. 1 on both the iTunes all-genre and Country charts in the U.S. and Canada, while also sitting atop the Country chart in Australia shortly after release. Exploding onto Country radio, Top 10-and-climbing “Dirt” earned the highest one-week add total in Country Aircheck history, in addition to rave reviews from critics nationwide embracing FGL's fresh sound. Inspired by the emotionally fueled song, the superstar duo recently launched the Dirt Campaign, partnering with the fundraising platform Omaze to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit, which creates affordable housing for low-income families. Amassing international appeal, FGL skyrocketed across genres with four consecutive, multi-week No. 1 smashes – Platinum-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here” and multi-Platinum “Cruise,” making them the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving this accolade. Breaking the record for the longest No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold more than eight million downloads 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 two-time Platinum debut “Here’s To The Good Times,” which has tallied over 17.6 million tracks sold worldwide. FGL penned more than half of the tracks on the project, including the BMI Pop Award-winning “Cruise” Remix and Platinum-certified TEEN CHOICE Award winner for Choice Country Song, “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Luke Bryan, the remix of which also features Jason Derulo. The duo has previously taken home ACA, AMA, ACM, Billboard, CMA and CMT Awards.

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