No. 27: John Janick | Power 100
JOHN JANICK, 38
Chairman/CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M
Last Year's Rank: 25
The Starke, Miss., native started 2016 with Kendrick Lamar's 11 Grammy nominations -- one shy of Michael Jackson's record -- and ended it with Rae Sremmurd topping the Hot 100 for seven weeks with its smash "Black Beatles." The 1975 hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its second full-length album, and the soundtrack to La La Land, which the label secured before filming began, reached No. 2. "I read a quote where [director] Damien Chazelle said classic Hollywood musicals were like experimental movies in mainstream packaging," says Janick. "That is what I think Interscope has always tried to do with our artists."
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