TOM CORSON, 56
President/COO, RCA Records
Last Year's Rank: 23
Since taking over management of RCA in 2011, this duo has made short work of its mandate, as Corson says, "to break acts and establish new superstars." Sia's "Cheap Thrills" was yet another global smash for the singer-songwriter, generating 387.2 million on-demand streams in the United States alone. It also was one of three label Hot 100 No. 1s along with hits for Zayn Malik and Justin Timberlake. And Pentatonix has been the fourth-best-selling act behind Adele, Taylor Swift and Drake for the last three years. In 2016, the a cappella group racked up 619.2 million on-demand audio and video streams. "Streaming remains the most forward-moving stat you can look at," says Edge. Adds Corson: "People want their content, and they're not afraid to pay for it."
Stress-Relief Secret: Edge: "Listening to a Prince record really loud."