Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 21

Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman

Greenwald: Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records

 

Kallman: 49, Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records Group


Last year's rank: 22

The company marked 2014 with five No. 1 album debuts -- Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz and Slipknot -- and Grammy nods for most of the aforementioned as well as Charli XCX, Paramore, Alt-J, Hunter Hayes and others. Yet more impressive than the numbers (Atlantic came in fourth in market share with 6.8 percent) is the roster's diversity. Def Jam vet Greenwald says the highlight of her year was "receiving Grammy nominations in almost every genre." The rainbow coalition continues in 2015 with releases from recent country signing Sturgill Simpson; rappers Wale, Action Bronson, Ty Dolla Sign and Flo Rida; R&B artists Jill Scott and Sevyn Streeter; and established rockers Rob Thomas, Death Cab for Cutie and, possibly, Coldplay.

"Julie is a badass. I love how she scares the shit out of me, but she's in my corner and fights harder than anyone I know in the industry to get shit right. Craig's knowledge on everything is illuminating, and he has fantastic advice. A great team, and it's a pleasure working with them." -- Ed Sheeran

DEFINITION OF POWER: "Being able to break an act." -- Greenwald

PRIZED POSSESSION: "My vinyl collection, which is now about three-quarters of a million records." --  Kallman