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Power Players

No. 99
Daniel Glass

Founder
Glassnote Entertainment Group
Twitter: @DGGlassnote
Indie Hero...

Daniel Glass is the industry's comeback kid. His power includes the ability to usher indie folk into the mainstream: Think Mumford & Sons. The veteran label executive, who had headed Artemis Records and Universal Records and served as a senior executive at SBK and Chrysalis, launched Glassnote Records in 2007. After extensive experience at both majors and indies, Glass' goal at his own label was to keep things simple and small and to do right by his artists. That philosophy paid off in spades for the label, which scored immediately with Secondhand Serenade's single "Fall for You": It sold 2.1 million digital tracks, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Another milestone for the young label was Phoenix's 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which has sold 659,000 units and won a Grammy Award for best alternative music album. Then came the label's true commercial breakthrough: Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 2 million units.

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