HITS Daily Double

I.B. on Rubin

AMERICAN REPUBLIC: Rick Rubin’s label deal is said to be going to Monte Lipman’s Universal Republic, a la Tom Whalley’s new deal with the label, as Lipman beefs up his hitmaking team, having also recently brought in Rob Stevenson. This according to the latest column from our own industry insider I.B. Bad, coming tomorrow morning. (2/23a)