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No. 56: David Massey | Power 100

David Massey, President/CEO, Island Records

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DAVID MASSEY, 58

President/CEO, Island Records
Last Year's Rank: 53

The conscious uncoupling of Island and Def Jam in 2014 energized Massey and his team. "I wanted to go back to the idea of Chris Blackwell-era Island: an artist-driven label that was a major, but in an intimate manner," he says. Island's 2014 hot streak (Nick Jonas, Tove Lo) continued in 2015 with Fall Out Boy's and Shawn Mendes' albums debuting at No. 1 and Demi Lovato's Confident at No. 2. Island also formed SafeHouse Records with Lovato, Jonas and their ­manager Phil McIntyre.