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Billboard's 2017 Power 100 List Revealed

If the music industry is indeed in turnaround, that’s in no small part due to the digital disrupter at No. 1, the live titan at No. 3, Alexa’s mastermind at No. 12 and the visionary label bosses, tech gurus, artist managers and media moguls (including 41 first-timers!) who comprise Billboard’s annual ranking of executive excellence.

1. Daniel Ek, Chairman/CEO, Spotify

98. Michelle Jubelirer, COO, Capitol Music Group

99. Jeffrey Azoff, Full Stop Management

100. Kevin Kusatsu & Andrew McInnes, Founders, TMWRK

2017 Power 100

Methodology: A committee of Billboard editors and reporters weighed a variety of factors in determining the Power 100 rankings, including but not limited to: impact on consumer behavior, as measured by metrics such as chart performance, social media impressions and radio and TV audiences reached; company growth; career trajectory; reputation among peers; and overall impact in the industry. Where required, record-label market share was calculated using Nielsen Music U.S. total album plus track-equivalent album (TEA) sales, and U.S. current album plus TEA market share, which Billboard computed using Nielsen Music data. Unless otherwise noted, Billboard Boxscore and Nielsen Music are the sources for tour grosses and sales and streaming data, respectively.

Contributors: Michele Angermiller, Jem Aswad, Steve Baltin, Dean Budnick, William Chipps, Edward Christman, Leila Cobo, Matt Diehl, Frank DiGiacomo, Thom Duffy, Camille Dodero, Adrienne Gaffney, Andy Gensler, Shirley Halperin, Andrew Hampp, Lyndsey Havens, Steven J. Horowitz, Steve Knopper, Robert Levine, Joe Levy, Craig Marks, Brooke Mazurek, Matt Medved, Gail Mitchell, Melinda Newman, Paula Parisi, Adelle Platon, Cynthia Puleo, Dan Rys, Richard Smirke, Phyllis Stark, Andrew Unterberger, Deborah Wilker, Chris Willman