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One of the most respected A&R execs in the industry, Rob Stevenson has been promoted to evp of Republic Records from his prior position as evp A&R, it was announced by the label’s co-founders and chief executives, Monte and Avery Lipman.
Stevenson brings two decades of A&R experience to the new post, which extends his influence into marketing, promotions, video production and other areas. In the past year, he helped reintroduce Casablanca Records into the marketplace by launching the legendary brand as an electronic music powerhouse with Martin Garrix’s platinum-selling smash “Animals” and the signing of genre icon Tiësto, among other achievements. In addition, he oversaw the signing of James Bay, Phantogram, Gotye, Of Monsters and Men, and many other key acts. This year will see him spearheading the launch of Jessie J’s long-awaited sophomore album and the introduction of the Ruen Brothers.
Monte Lipman commented on the promotion: “Rob remains one of the industry’s most respected A&R executives. His track record and tenacity to identify and sign important artists continues to expand the foundation of our extraordinary roster. Rob’s love of music and passion for artistry is both contagious and inspiring.”
Added Avery Lipman: “This is an important evolution for the label. With his incredible insight and intuition in the A&R space and every aspect of making a record, Rob remains integral to our progression. We’re looking forward to watching him soar in this new role.”
“I want to thank Monte and Avery for this opportunity and I’m excited about my new role on the Republic team,” said Stevenson. “A&R doesn’t just happen in the studio anymore. In this new post, I have the opportunity to apply my experience working so closely with artists to other facets of the company. You have a better chance of success when you spend time cultivating what the entire package will be. I want to guide all of our acts toward achieving a cohesive and clear vision. Music and video aren’t separate in the modern age. It’s about bringing all creative aspects of an artist together.”
Stevenson joined Republic Records as evp A&R in 2011. Prior to that, he served as president of A&R at Virgin Records, where he worked on hit albums from Katy Perry, the Beastie Boys and Thirty Seconds to Mars, in addition to signing Alice in Chains. From 1998 to 2008, he worked in A&R at Island Def Jam Music Group, signing and fostering the success of the Killers, Fall Out Boy and Sum 41, among others. Entertainment Weekly dubbed him the “Must A&R Guy” on its 2006 “Must List,” while New York magazine awarded him “The Industry Award” in its 2005 Pop Culture Awards Issue.
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