Michele Anthony & Boyd Muir: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 12

Michele Anthony & Boyd Muir

Anthony: 58, Executive vp U.S. recorded music, Universal Music Group


Muir: 55, Executive vp/CFO, Universal Music Group

Last year's rank: 37

Lucian Grainge's primary consiglieri had their powers greatly expanded in 2014 as the world's largest music company restructured its distribution division, changed publishing CEOs and unbundled labels Island, Def Jam and Motown. "It has been great to return these incredible brands to the glory with which they were started," says Anthony. The duo also helped implement such new initiatives as the Global Music Data Alliance with Havas and hiring GroupM's Mike Tunnicliffe to head business development that should see UMG increase its industry-leading 38.7 percent market share. "If there is a rallying cry," says Muir, who this year temporarily ran Universal Music Publishing Group, "it is to grab hold of what's new and make it happen."

MOST STARSTRUCK MOMENT: "Meeting Taylor Swift. She's a force of nature." -- Muir

OVERUSED WORD: "'Julllliiiieeee!' My assistant. She's outside my door." -- Anthony