For the first time, leaders from the international music business are honored with a Billboard Power Players report, presented here (being rolled out over three days Jan 29 -31) in association with MIDEM, the leading international event for the global music business.
Nearly two-thirds of the trade value of music sold in physical form, and more than 40% sold through digital channels, is generated outside the United States, according to IFPI, the global music business trade group. Seven of the top ten live music promoters of 2013, according to Billboard Boxscore data, are based outside the United States. When it comes to market growth, IFPI in 2013 reported increases in nine of the world’s top 20 international markets, while the United States had a modest slide.
Billboard’s Power Players series highlights the achievements of executives who drive our business forward with their artistic and business vision. To compile this list, Billboard reached out to numerous sources with international perspective and experience, and also tapped our global team of contributing writers. We asked them to identify executives who have substantial responsibility for business outside the United States (in some cases in addition to domestic responsibilities) and who have had the most power to drive change in their area of business.