Mercury Records expands executive team in New York

Pictured [L-R]: Alex Coslov, Marisa Bianco and Mario Vazquez

Mercury Records has expanded its executive team in New York.

The team now includes EVP, Mercury Records, Alex Coslov and SVP, Media, Mercury Records, Marisa Bianco – both of whom had tenures at Republic Records and will transition to full-time roles at Mercury.

Additionally, Mario Vazquez will join the team as VP, of Audience and Streaming in a new dual role also reporting to Executive Vice President of Global Commerce and Digital Strategy, Republic Records, Kevin Lipson.

Mercury Records relaunched in 2022 under the helm of President, Tyler Arnold and GM, Ben Adelson.

Mercury’s latest executive announcement follows this week’s news that Universal Music Group’s East Coast-based labels, including Def Jam, Island, Mercury, and Republic have been officially restructured around a “central operational hub” called Republic Corps.

Jim Roppo has been named the President and Chief Operating Officer of Republic Corps, reporting directly to the co-chiefs of the label group, Monte Lipman and Avery Lipman.

The unveiling of Republic Corps on the East Coast followed last week’s news that UMG’s frontline West Coast label groups – Interscope, Geffen A&M, and Capitol Music Group – are now officially consolidated under the new name of Interscope Capitol Labels Group (ICLG).

Interscope Capitol Labels Group is headed up by Chairman & CEO, John Janick in Los Angeles.

Mercury Records holds the top two spots on this week’s Billboard 200 and noted in its announcement that has also achieved the top two best-selling albums of the year to date in the US with Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time, and Noah Kahan’s Stick Season, which is currently at No.2 on the Billboard 200.

Rounding out the chart’s top two is Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time, released in alliance with Big Loud, which returns to No.1 for its 19th non-consecutive week atop the chart.

Mercury noted that the album has broken the record for “the most weeks at No.1 on the Billboard 200 by a country album.”

On Wednesday (March 13), it was reported that Nashville-based independent label Big Loud Records (Morgan Wallen) has signed a multi-year distribution deal with Mercury Records/Republic, streamlining its distribution channels by bringing all Big Loud releases under the Mercury/Republic umbrella.

Other Recent Mercury artist highlights include Post Malone receiving the first first-ever RIAA Double-Diamond Single for his song Sunflower from the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

The label also highlighted new acts like Dylan Gossett, signed in partnership with Big Loud Texas, and Stephen Sanchez who Mercury said are “rapidly heating up”.

Dylan Gossett’s single Coal has been certified Gold and “is quickly climbing” the Billboard Hot 100, said Mercury.

Stephen Sanchez’s hit Until I Found You is now certified RIAA Triple-Platinum and has scored over 7 Billion global streams across all platforms.

The label will also release Zayn Malik’s fourth studio album and first with Mercury Records.

“Ben and I are thrilled to welcome Alex, Marisa & Mario to our team at Mercury Records.”

Tyler Arnold, Mercury Records 

“Ben and I are thrilled to welcome Alex, Marisa & Mario to our team at Mercury Records,” says Mercury Records President, Tyler Arnold.

“From day one, our goal has been to foster a creative, supportive, and forward-thinking home for our artists to thrive. We are incredibly grateful to expand our team with this talented group of executives who will help further that mission as we usher in our next chapter.”Music Business Worldwide