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No. 48: Steve Bartels | Power 100

Steve Bartels, CEO, Def Jam Recordings

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STEVE BARTELS, 52

CEO, Def Jam Recordings
Last Year's Rank: 51

Anticipated albums from Kanye West and Frank Ocean didn't ­materialize in 2015, but Bartels still had a power year thanks to Justin Bieber, Big Sean and Alessia Cara. Comeback kid Bieber scored his first Hot 100 No. 1 with "What Do You Mean?" and broke the record for most simultaneous Hot 100 hits (17). The new year started strong with Cara's "Here" hitting No. 5 on the Hot 100 and West's new album finally scheduled for a Feb. 11 release.