In 2005, Motown Records was merged with the urban artists on
Universal Records to create Universal Motown Records, headed by former CEO of
Sylvia Rhone, and placed under the newly created umbrella division of
Universal Motown Republic Group. Motown Records began celebrating its fiftieth anniversary (January 12, 2009) in late 2008, including the release of a The Complete No. 1's boxset containing Motown #1 hits from Billboard's pop, R&B, and disco charts, reissues of classic-era Motown albums on CD, and other planned events, which were released in collaboration with
Universal Music Group's catalog division.
Changes were made at Universal Motown Republic Group in 2011, and Motown Records was separated from Universal Motown Records and the umbrella label and merged into
The Island Def Jam Music Group, making
Universal Republic Records (now shortened back to
Republic Records as of late 2012) a stand-alone label and shutting down Universal Motown Republic Group.