Nick Lippman is a Partner at Lippman Entertainment. He’s focused on guiding the company’s impressive artist and producer roster in today’s multi-faceted music business. His industry experience started with an internship at EMI Records at age 15. After, he enjoyed a successful stint at Interscope, before joining Lippman Entertainment in 2004. He was named a partner at Lippman Entertainment in 2014.
Combining innate “record biz” acumen, a trailblazing spirit, and an informed understanding of digital trends, he set a new paradigm for multi-platinum pop rock icons Matchbox Twenty in 2007. At Nick’s urging, the band became the first in history to sell a full-length album, Exile on Mainstream, on a USB wristband in the mass market. The record debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was quickly certified Gold. The group continues to sell wristbands at all live shows, allowing fans to purchase the audio of performance they just attended—a model soon adopted by Bruce Springsteen, George Michael, and others. Also, for that tour cycle, Nick also orchestrated a tie-in with Facebook and eHarmony where online daters went on their very first date at a show on the Exile tour.
He continued pushing the envelope with Matchbox Twenty in 2012. Initiating a groundbreaking cross-promotion between the artist, Facebook, and Spotify, he launched a campaign incorporating the concept of “Timeline” and listeners’ own memories of the group as set up for the release of their latest record North. The record would debut #1 on the Billboard Top 200—their first to do so in their 15-year career. Eventually, he helped grow the band’s social following to over 1.8 million fans in less than 10 months. The digital rollout included of a trend-setting artist app. This was the first time a band included both augmented reality and geo-fencing on tour to communicate directly with fans, an innovation lauded by Billboard in 2013.
In setting up George Michael’s 2014 album Symphonica (a #1 debut in the UK and four other countries), Nick engineered a slick roll out. The artist’s web site underwent a “black out”, inciting the fans to question his next move. Then, he launched an interactive app and unique events throughout the two weeks leading up to the album’s release.
He also developed a groundbreaking “Digital Tour Book” that reinvigorates the classic tour program and pushes it online with modern technology. It started with Matchbox Twenty and will be mass released in 2017.Nick reintroduced Ryan Cabrera into the marketplace with a highly successful 2013 tour that showcased the artist to a new younger audience. He created an online monthly charity event called “Live from Ryan’s Living Room”, which raised over $150,000 for various charities.
He also developed a groundbreaking “Digital Tour Book” that reinvigorates the classic tour program and pushes it online with modern technology. It started with Matchbox Twenty andwill be mass released in 2017.Nick reintroduced Ryan Cabrera into the marketplace with a highlysuccessful 2013 tour that showcased the artist to a new younger audience. He created an online monthly charity event called “Live from Ryan’s Living Room”, which raised over $150,000 for various charities.
In 2011, 360 Magazine included him among its “Top 100 Innovators, Intellectuals, Peacemakers, and Trendsetters” list with Bono,Jay-Z, Michelle Obama, and more. He received a 2012 nomination for Billboard Magazine’s “40 under 40′′. He built strategic partnerships with top startups like Co-Promote, one of Billboard’s “Top 10 Startups of 2011”, Daqri, one of Billboard’s “Top 10 Startups of 2013”, and 2014’s SXSW top 10 accelerators Fliptu. He also teamed with both G-TV and YouTube to create the MCN, G-TV Music
In 2015 Nick started the technology Incubator Ava Jade, LLC. Ava Jade specializes in connecting amazing technology with the entertainment world emphasizing on the music industry. Nick sits on the Board of Advisors for fast growing technology startups; Co-Promote, Crowdzilla, Ampsy, Top-Fan, Fan Flex, Gigmor,Rage-Onand Dreamchain. Dreamchain was Ava Jade’s first company working on the blockchain and in cryptocurrency. To date each one of these companies has grown exponentially since Nick joined the respective teams.
In the summer of 2016, Nick introduced the world to the First Ever Hologram Selfie Experience, where fans who purchased VIP packages will have the opportunity to sing in real time next to Rob Thomas, both in Hologram form. Within minutes, the footage is emailed to the fan to share with friends, family and on social media. This is truly a unique and once in a lifetimeexperience.This went off extremely well garnering huge press from tier one outlets as well as fan satisfaction.
As well in the summer of 2016 Nick and his business partner and father Michael, was featured in Billboard Magazine’s “From the Desk Of”.
In the summer of 2017 Nick led the incredibly successful Matchbox Twenty “A Brief History of Everything Tour” with smart marketing and the ability to maximize playing off the band’s nostalgia. The band played to over 850,000 people during this run.
In 2017 and 2018 Nick grew the career of rapper Chris Webby from what was a decline to a height greater than his initial prime. With Nick at the helm, Webby got more than 70 million streams, did a partnership with Live Nation, doubled his touring guarantee and grew the financials almost 10x in less than 2 years.
2018 was also a big year. His client, 16-year-old Noah Urrea, is the star of the Simon Fuller created, Now United who have toured the world and will continue to do so through the remainder of 2018. Juan Pablodi Pace got rave reviews singing the music of the late George Michael with an incredible symphony and was a finalist on the hit tv series Dancing with the Stars. You can also see Juan Pablo as “Fernando” on Netflix’s biggest show, Fuller House as well as on the Dancing with the Stars tour.
In 2018 Nick also expanded Ava Jade, creating the Ava Jade Producer Incubator as well as the Ava Jade Artist Incubator. Nick partnered with acclaimed neuroscientist Dak Brandon and brought in multi-talented producers and writers to create a hit making machine. Look for multiple drops in 2019 from the production side.Ava Jade also started a publishing entity and has partnered with RipTide and Urban & Lazar.
So far in January of 2019, Nick was able to secure both a record deal and publishing deal for Christian artist Jack Cassidy, whom was on team Alicia on season 15 of The Voice. Rob Thomas is also releasing his 4th solo album and going on a World tour in support of it.
Nick’s passion and acumen drives results and breeds loyalty. “It’s about understanding the transformation in the business and being proactive without being too eager,” he said. “Risk taking is inherent in show business but as managers we need to focus on taking calculated risks, that protect and impact artists, enhance the fan experience, and move the industry forward.”