Billboard's 2017 Power 100 List Revealed

Billboard's 2017 Power 100 List Revealed

If the music industry is indeed in turnaround, that’s in no small part due to the digital disrupter at No. 1, the live titan at No. 3, Alexa’s mastermind at No. 12 and the visionary label bosses, tech gurus, artist managers and media moguls (including 41 first-timers!) who comprise Billboard’s annual ranking of executive excellence.

1. Daniel Ek, Chairman/CEO, Spotify

2. Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group

3. Michael Rapino, President/CEO, Live Nation Entertainment

4. Eddy Cue, Senior vp Internet and software services, Apple; Jimmy Iovine, Executive, Apple; Robert Kondrk, Vp media apps and content, Apple

5. Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO, Columbia Records

6. Irving Azoff, Chairman/chief executive officer, Azoff MSG Entertainment

7. Martin Bandier, Chairman/CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

8. Stephen Cooper, CEO, Warner Music Group

9. Rob Light, Partner/managing director/head of music, Creative Artists Agency; Darryl Eaton, Mitch Rose & Rick Roskin, Co-heads of contemporary music for North America, CAA

10. Doug Morris, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment

11. Coran Capshaw, Founder, Red Light Management

12. Jeff Bezos, Founder/CEO, Amazon; Steve Boom, Vice president, Amazon Music

13. Michele Anthony, Executive vp, Universal Music Group; Boyd Muir, Executive vp/CFO, UMG

14. Monte Lipman, Chairman/CEO, Republic Records; Avery Lipman, President/COO, Republic Records

15. Craig Kallman, Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records; Julie Greenwald, Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records

16. Marc Geiger, Partner/worldwide head of music, William Morris Endeavor; Sara Newkirk Simon & Kirk Sommer, Partners/co-heads of music, WME; Rob Beckham, Partner, WME/co-head, WME Nashville

17. Jody Gerson, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group

18. Guy Oseary, Co-founder, Maverick Management

19. Bob Pittman, Chairman/CEO, iHeartMedia; John Sykes, President of entertainment enterprises, iHeartMedia; Tom Poleman, President of the national programming group, iHeartMedia

20. Steve Barnett, Chairman/CEO, Capitol Music Group

21. Jay Marciano, COO, Anschutz Entertainment Group; chairman/CEO, AEG Live

22. Peter Edge, Chairman/CEO, RCA Records; Tom Corson, President/COO, RCA Records

23. Scooter Braun, Founder, SB Projects

24. Arthur Fogel, Chairman of global music/president of global touring, Live Nation Entertainment; Mark Campana & Bob Roux, Co-presidents of North America concerts, LNE; Brian O'Connell, President of country music touring, LNE; David Zedeck, Executive vp/president of global talent and artist development, LNE

25. Allen ShapIro, CEO, Dick Clark Productions; Michael Mahan, President, DCP

26. Cameron Strang, Chairman/CEO, Warner Bros. Records

27. John Janick, Chairman/CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M

28. Jon Platt, Chairman/CEO, Warner/Chappell Music

29. Jennifer Breithaupt, Managing director of media, advertising and global entertainment, Citi

30. Robert Kyncl, Chief business officer, YouTube; Lyor Cohen, Global head of music partnerships, YouTube

31. Marty Diamond, Paul Morris, Dan Weiner, Tom Windish, Music Leadership Group, Paradigm Talent Agency

32. Joel Katz, Chairman of the global entertainment and media practice, Greenberg Traurig

33. Scott Greenstein, President/chief content officer, SiriusXM

34. Tim Westergren, Co-founder/CEO, Pandora Media

35. Mike Dungan, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville

36. Hartwig Masuch, CEO, BMG

37. Kevin Kelleher, Executive vp/CFO, Sony Music Entertainment

38. Jonathan Dickins, Founder, September Management

39. Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman/CEO, Epic Records; Sylvia Rhone, President, Epic Records

40. Paul Tollett, President/CEO, Goldenvoice

41. Oliver El-Khatib, Founder, OVO; co-manager, Drake

42. Russell Wallach, President of media and sponsorship, Live Nation Entertainment

43. Allen Grubman, Senior partner, Grubman Shire & Meiselas; Kenny Meiselas, Named partner, Grubman Shire & Meiselas

44. Randy Goodman, Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville

45. Neil Portnow, President/CEO, The Recording Academy

46. Steve Bartels, CEO, Def Jam Recordings

47. John Branca, Partner, Ziffren Brittenham

48. Jeremy Zimmer, CEO, United Talent Agency; Ken Fermaglich, Jbeau Lewis & Natalia Nastaskin, Music Leadership Team, UTA

49. Scott Borchetta, President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group

50. Stefan Blom, Chief content officer/chief strategy officer, Spotify; Troy Carter, Global head of creator services, Spotify

51. Jay Brown, CEO, Roc Nation

52. Wassim "Sal" Slaiby, CEO, SAL&CO/XO

53. Andre J. Fernandez, President/CEO, CBS Radio

54. Jonathan Hull, Head of music partnerships, Facebook

55. Adam Harter, Vp marketing and cultural connections, PepsiCo

56. Pasquale Rotella, Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events

57. Dennis Arfa, Chairman, Artist Group International

58. David Massey, President/CEO, Island Records

59. Deborah Curtis, Vp global experiential marketing and partnerships, American Express

60. Dennis Kooker, President of global digital business and U.S. sales, Sony Music Entertainment; Julie Swidler, Executive vp business affairs/general counsel, SME

61. Jeffrey Harleston, General counsel/executive vp business and legal affairs, Universal Music Group; Michael Nash, Executive vp digital strategy, UMG

62. John Esposito, Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville

63. Rich Riley, CEO, Shazam

64. Martin Mills, Founder/chairman, Beggars Group

65. Larry Rudolph & Adam Leber, Partners, Maverick

66. Jon Landau, President, Jon Landau Management

67. Larry Jackson, Head of original content, iTunes/Apple Music; Bozoma Saint John, Head of global consumer marketing, iTunes/Apple Music

68. Michael O'Neill, President/CEO, BMI; Elizabeth Matthews, CEO, ASCAP; Michael Huppe, President/CEO, SoundExchange; John Josephson, Chairman/CEO, SESAC

69. Cliff Burnstein & Peter Mensch, Co-founders, Q Prime

70. Charlie Walk, President, Republic Group

71. Willard Ahdritz, Founder/CEO, Kobalt

72. Steve Levine, Partner/co-head of worldwide concerts, ICM Partners; Rob Prinz, Partner/co-head of worldwide concerts, ICM Partners; Mark Siegel, Partner/head of music, ICM Partners

73. Erik Huggers, CEO, Vevo

74. Louis Messina, CEO, Messina Touring Group

75. Afo Verde, Chairman/CEO, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; Sony Music Entertainment

76. Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment; Lorne Michaels, Creator/executive producer, Saturday Night Live/The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

77. Evan Spiegel, Co-founder/CEO, Snap; Nick Bell, Vp content, Snap

78. Bradford Cobb, Steven Jensen, Martin Kirkup, Partners, Direct Management Group

79. Stu Bergen, CEO of international and global commercial services, Warner Music Group; Eric Levin, CFO/executive vp, WMG; Paul Robinson, Executive vp/general counsel/secretary, WMG

80. Jesus Lopez, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula

81. Scott Pascucci, CEO, Concord Bicycle Music; Steve Smith, Chairman, Concord Bicycle Music

82. Debra Lee, Chairman/CEO, BET Networks; Stephen Hill, President of programming, BET Networks

83. Joel Klaiman, Executive vp/GM, Columbia Records

84. Danny Strick & Rick Krim, Co-presidents of the U.S., Sony/ATV Music Publishing

85. Mike Caren, CEO, Artist Partner Group/Artist Publishing Group; creative officer, Warner Music Group A&R

86. L. Londell McMillan & Charles Koppelman, Special entertainment advisers to the estate of Prince Rogers Nelson

87. Sarah Trahern, CEO, Country Music Association

88. Daniel Glass, Founder/president, Glassnote Entertainment Group/Insieme Music

89. Ken Ehrlich, President, Ken Ehrlich Productions

90. Steve Berman, Vice chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M

91. Phil McIntyre, CEO, Philymack

92. Matt Pincus, Founder/CEO, SONGS Music Publishing; Ron Perry, President, SONGS Music Publishing

93. Adam Alpert, CEO, Disruptor Records/Selector Songs

94. Mary Berner, President/CEO, Cumulus Media

95. David Israelite, President/CEO, National Music Publishers' Association; Cary Sherman, Chairman/CEO, RIAA

96. Jorge "Pepo" Ferradas, President of music, Univision Communications

97. Bernie Cahill, Co-founder/head of music division, ROAR

98. Michelle Jubelirer, COO, Capitol Music Group

99. Jeffrey Azoff, Full Stop Management

100. Kevin Kusatsu & Andrew McInnes, Founders, TMWRK

2017 Power 100

Methodology: A committee of Billboard editors and reporters weighed a variety of factors in determining the Power 100 rankings, including but not limited to: impact on consumer behavior, as measured by metrics such as chart performance, social media impressions and radio and TV audiences reached; company growth; career trajectory; reputation among peers; and overall impact in the industry. Where required, record-label market share was calculated using Nielsen Music U.S. total album plus track-equivalent album (TEA) sales, and U.S. current album plus TEA market share, which Billboard computed using Nielsen Music data. Unless otherwise noted, Billboard Boxscore and Nielsen Music are the sources for tour grosses and sales and streaming data, respectively.

Contributors: Michele Angermiller, Jem Aswad, Steve Baltin, Dean Budnick, William Chipps, Edward Christman, Leila Cobo, Matt Diehl, Frank DiGiacomo, Thom Duffy, Camille Dodero, Adrienne Gaffney, Andy Gensler, Shirley Halperin, Andrew Hampp, Lyndsey Havens, Steven J. Horowitz, Steve Knopper, Robert Levine, Joe Levy, Craig Marks, Brooke Mazurek, Matt Medved, Gail Mitchell, Melinda Newman, Paula Parisi, Adelle Platon, Cynthia Puleo, Dan Rys, Richard Smirke, Phyllis Stark, Andrew Unterberger, Deborah Wilker, Chris Willman