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No. 25: John Janick | Power 100

John Janick, Chairman/CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M

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JOHN JANICK, 37

Chairman/CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M
Last Year's Rank: 24

Jimmy Iovine's hand-picked successor has a big baseball cap to fill but continued to put his own stamp on Interscope after taking over in late May 2014. The label released Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly (11 Grammy nods, ­massive ­critical praise and ­inspiration for David Bowie's final album, Blackstar) and nurtured breakthrough LPs from Selena Gomez and Tame Impala. It also benefited from Dr. Dre's Compton, which has ­generated more than 61 million on-demand audio streams.

Issue Facing the Recording Industry: "We should be able to get people to spend $10 [for a monthly subscription], but when they can get music for free on YouTube, we have to figure out how we're going to engage better."