Suddenly, the music industry is teeming with executives on the rise, the potential leaders of the music industry over the next decade. For full details on this story, see the Billboard Year-End issue.
After signing acts like Paramore, Panic At The Disco! and fun. while at the Warner Music Group and his own label Fueled By Ramen, Janick defected to become the No. 2 and heir apparent to Jimmy Iovine at Interscope/Geffen/A&M. Sources say Janick has both creative and business chops, and if he stayed at WMG might now be vying with Cameron Strang and Craig Kallman/Julie Greenwald for the top music spot.
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When Lyor Cohen anchored the Warner Music Group, Strang, chairman and CEO of Warner/ChappelMusic, was touted as the dark horse to pick up some of Cohen's responsibilities. And that has happened quicker than predicted as Strang was first placed in charge of Rhino Records and, a month later, added Warner Bros. Records to his mandate. The exec, who started out as an entertainment lawyer, is considered a serious contender for the top job one day, though maybe not in 2013.
Strang's No. 2 executive, overseeing creative for Warner/Chappell North America, is "Big Jon" Platt, who joined from EMI Music Publishing in September. Like Strang and Janick, he too is viewed as having the potential to run an entire major, not just publishing.
Lukasz Gottwald, a.k.a. Dr. Luke
Sony Music Entertainment
When Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris signed a label deal with Gottwald, he touted him as another Iovine, who helped Morris' stars shine, first at the Warner Music Group and then at UMG. Since his signing a year ago, he seems to have gotten off to a slow start, releasing a single, "Bandz A Make Her Dance," featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, from the forthcoming Juicy J album through Columbia. His other release was Ke$ha's Warrior album, through RCA Records.
McCarroll, now president of A&R at Capitol Records (where he kind of got lost in the shuffle due to the turmoil that dominated EMI during the last couple of years), is now seen as an up and coming executive within the UMG fold. He'll be reporting to new Capitol boss Steve Barnett, who joined from Columbia Records.