Owner, Chop Shop Muisc Group & CEO, EMI Music U.K.
'Twilight' And More
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 is the final chapter in one of the most successful soundtrack series in history, and each of the five albums has been supervised by Chop Shop Music Group owner Alexandra Patsavas. With tracks from Green Day, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Feist and others, Breaking Dawn-Part 2 debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and sold 93,000 units in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's following the successful path of the first four installments.
| My Mentor: "I've had so many. Being a music supervisor, you sit in the middle of the film and music industry, so I've worked with amazing creatives like Josh Schwartz, Shonda Rhimes and Matt Weiner. The first music supervisor who showed me the ropes was Paul DeFranco and I learned a great deal from him."
Last year's Breaking Dawn-Part 1 has sold more than 560,000 copies, while 2010's Eclipse is up to 619,000 following 2009's New Moon at 1.3 million and 2008's Twilight with 2.8 million in sales. Patsavas considers it a privilege to work on the series and "follow [author] Stephenie Meyer's lead," but the "Twilight" albums are only one part of Patsavas' accomplishments. Other recent films include the alt-leaning "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "Fun Size," while she continues to exert her influence in TV music with "Gossip Girl," "Scandal," "The Carrie Diaries" and more. Patsavas also keeps nurturing new acts-such as Milo Greene, Scars on 45 and Anya Marina-on her Chop Shop imprint. - Craig Rosen
Success And Change
By her own admission, 2012 has been "a strange year" for EMI Music U.K. CEO Andria Vidler. While the EMI-Universal merger put an undeniable strain on operations, the label reports that its domestic market share grew to its highest level in four years and its artist album share is at a five-year high.
| My Mentor: "Having [previously] worked in media, radio, television and advertising, I have benefited from being able to work with some other very successful women: Jenny Abramsky, who used to run BBC Radio; Sue Farr [former director of marketing at BBC], who I worked with as a client and then as an employee; Cilla Snowball [Abbott Mead Vickers group chairman and group CEO]… They all had great leadership skills and motivational skills, which I have been able to learn from and take advice from."
"I am incredibly proud of what the team achieved," Vidler says. "We have been able to put what's been going on around us corporately to one side." She cites landing three of the year's top 10 best-selling albums in the United Kingdom-Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto, David Guetta's Nothing but the Beat 2.0 and Emeli Sandé's Our Version of Events-among her proudest achievements. Other accomplishments include increasing EMI's catalog market share (from 14.8% to 15.3%) and sustained growth in revenue from new income streams. More than one-third of EMI U.K.'s gross margin is now generated from areas outside music sales, according to the label. "I've been lucky enough to have a fantastic team that is loyal to EMI, loyal to me and above all else loyal to our artists," Vidler says. - Richard Smirke