Romano is relentless, driven by her determination to see songs from Interscope Geffen A&M artists scale the Billboard airplay charts. And this year that attitude has yielded plenty of results for her efforts. As of the Dec. 6 charts, she and her team have logged the most songs -- 12 -- of any label in the top 10 of the Mainstream Top 40 chart with hits from such diverse acts as Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Aloe Blacc, Ellie Goulding and Maroon 5.
IGA's deep artist bench -- which also includes OneRepublic, Disclosure and Rixton -- similarly sewed up nine top 10s on the Adult Top 40 chart, which tied the label for first place. And Romano feels just as passionate about songs from the newcomers as the label's veterans.
"I can't really say that one is more fulfilling than the other," she says. "Whenever [success] happens, though, you feel enormous pride in your artist and in your staff. It's equally satisfying to break Imagine Dragons and Zedd as it is to have a hand in another No. 1 song by Eminem or Maroon 5."
"Brenda is simply the best head of promotion out there," says Interscope Records chairman/CEO John Janick. "There's nobody like her. Her energy, drive and passion for her job cannot be overstated. She's a phenomenon."