NASHVILLE, TENN. (February 24, 2014) – Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta announced today that BMLG EVP/Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen has signed a new multi-year deal with the company. Under the agreement, Harnen will continue to oversee all three labels which includes Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co. and Republic Nashville – a joint venture with NY-based Republic Records.
Harnen’s leadership, business acumen and critical ear for music has helped the label discover and develop some of the most successful acts in music since he joined the company in 2009.
"The leadership and musical vision that Jimmy has brought to the Big Machine Label Group has helped propel us to heights I honestly hadn't imagined,” said Borchetta. “What he has done with Republic Nashville is historic and many of his initiatives have spread across the entire BMLG platform to make the Machine run even smoother and faster. I'm thrilled that he has made a long-term commitment to continue his great work with the BMLG!"
"BMLG continues to create and deliver historic accomplishments in the music business on all levels,” said Harnen. “It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a ground breaking company and to have so much fun in the process!"
Harnen has had tremendous success in developing and launching record-breaking superstar duo Florida Georgia Line, multi-platinum trio The Band Perry, breaking Eli Young Band to mainstream Country audiences and presenting newcomer Cassadee Pope as a female powerhouse.
Under his leadership, Republic Nashville has scored 11 #1 hits, 17 Top 10 singles and released eight albums that have sold over five million copies and 33 million tracks, all solidifying Republic Nashville as a major player even beyond Music Row. "Cruise" is the best-selling digital Country single of all time and secured FGL as the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes.
The talented roster has also garnered a plethora of awards and nominations, including ACM Song of the Year, AMA Single of the Year, CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year, CMA Group/Duo of the Year, among others.
Republic Nashville artists have appeared on virtually every awards show and major national TV outlet – American Idol, Good Morning America, TODAY Show, Ellen, The Talk, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and more.