Republic Records had taken the top four spots on Billboard 200 this week, the first time in 24 years, Billboard reports. Morgan Wallen’s 'Dangerous: The Double Album' (released via Big Loud/Republic) is No. 1 for a third week, Pop Smoke’s 'Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon' (Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic) is steady at No. 2, Taylor Swift’s 'Evermore' (Republic) rises 4-3 and The Weeknd’s 'After Hours' (XO/Republic) climbs 8-4. The last time a label held the top four spots was in December 1996 when Bush, Snoop Dogg, No Doubt and 2Pac ruled the world.

Stereotype City
June 08, 2020

Republic Records drops the term "urban"

One of the most powerful record labels in the US, Republic Records will stop using the word "urban" to describe music of black origin. The company, which is home to Drake, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and Taylor Swift, says it will no longer use the term to describe "departments, employee titles and music genres". "We encourage the rest of the music industry to follow suit," it added. Republic didn't announce any other term to replace it with. The term is often considered to be a generalisation that marginalizes music by black artists.