Billboard Urban Power Players List 2012
Billboard Urban Power Players List 2012
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Defining power and who possesses it is an ever-changing equation. It's a challenge that Billboard editors revisit each year with the Power Players series, which includes Women in Music, Latin Power Players, this year's inaugural Power 100 and the upcoming 40 Under 40. To that roster, add this issue's inaugural Urban Power List, profiling the 25 biggest players in the industry. The unranked tally targets executives whose concentration is urban, not executives who have oversight of urban music but also substantial responsibilities with other genres.

Rounding out the list: salutes to Urban Power Cities and the first Hall of Fame inductee. As with any such tally, numerous accomplished executives didn't make the cut. However, the selected honorees represent the collective judgment of Billboard's editors. Deal makers, rule breakers, beat creators -- these are the 25 most powerful players in the space, the men and women who define the game, direct its flow and determine its outcome. Congratulations to the 25 game-changing executives who comprise our first Urban Power List.

Urban Power Players Honorees (In Alphabetical Order):
Click on honoree's photo, name or title to read biographical information and more.

cortez
Cortez Bryant & Gee Roberson
Co-CEOs, Blueprint Group

diddy
Sean "Diddy Combs
Founder/CEO, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group; brand manager, Ciroc

dre
Dr. Dre
Co-Founder/Beats By Dr. Dre
Founder, Aftermath Entertainment

gee
Shawn Gee
President of Music and Entertainment, SEFG

benjy
Benjy Grinberg
President, Rostrum Records

ethiopia
Ethiopia Habtemariam
Sr VP of Motown,
Exec VP/Head of Urban, UMPG

jayz
Jay-Z, Jay Brown, John Meneilly, Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith
Roc Nation

magic
Magic Johnson
Owner, Magic Johnson Enterprises

kyser
Michael Kyser
President, Black Music, Atlantic

leach
Bryan Leach
CEO, Polo Grounds Music

debra
Debra Lee & Stephen Hill
Chairman/CEO, BET Networks
President of Music Programming & Specials, BET Networks

cara
Cara Lewis
Agent, CAA

manda
Joie Manda
President, Def Jam Recordings

lighty
Larry Mestel, Chris Lighty & Michael "Blue" Williams
Chairman/CEO Primary Violator
COO, Primary Violator; President, Primary Violator

pitts
Mark Pitts
President, RCA Urban Music
CEO, Bystorm Entertainment

rosenberg
Paul Rosenberg
Co-Founder, Shady Records
CEO, Goliath Artist Management

rozay
Rick Ross
Founder, Maybach Music Group

rouse
Reggie Rouse

VP of Urban Programming, CBS Radio PD, WVEE Atlanta


stevens
Jay Stevens
SVP Programming, Radio One

stoute
Steve Stoute
CEO/Founder, Translation

n9ne
Tech N9ne
Founder, Strange Music

hustle
TI & Jason Geter
Grand Hustle

chang
Chang Weisberg
Principal, Guerilla Union

birdman
Ronald "Slim" Williams & Bryan "Birdman" Williams
Co-founders/Co-CEOs, Cash Money Records Group

wynter
Doc Wynter
Brand Manager for Urban/Urban AC, Clear Channel


URBAN POWER LIST HALL OF FAME: CLARENCE AVANT
President, Avant Garde and Interior Music
avant

URBAN POWER CITIES:
MIAMI
LOS ANGELES