A fierce advocate for industry underdogs, the British-born Oxford grad is head of the world's largest independent label group: Beggars, which includes 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade and Adele's home, XL. His business adds up to 0.47 percent of U.S. album market share -- impressive for an indie -- and in 2016 enjoyed ongoing Adele sales and cut a deal for Radiohead's catalog. Highlights for 2017 include new albums from The xx and Spoon. "The challenge for indies is to make sure we get the same terms as the big guys," he says. "Our music is worth every cent as much as theirs."
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