No. 17: Steve Barnett | Power 100

Steve Barnett, Chairman/CEO, Capitol Music Group



Chairman/CEO, Capitol Music Group
Last Year’s Rank: 16

Capitol Music Group started 2015 with a Grammy sweep of the top four categories by Sam Smith and Beck and ended the year with strong breakthroughs by ­developing artists like Silento, best new ­artist Grammy nominee Tori Kelly and Halsey, who already has sold out her date at New York's Madison Square Garden in August. "There's a ­tremendous focus on our A&R," says Barnett. He has increased Capitol's market share in each of his three years at the helm, ­bringing it to 8.1 percent in 2015. With former Columbia Records colleague Ashley Newton onboard as CMG president, Barnett will focus more on ­marketing in the coming year, which, he says, "is really at the heart of what I always did."