Partners, Direct Management Group
Last Year's Rank: 78
If 2016 was an off-cycle year for DMG -- its biggest star, Katy Perry, spent most of her time campaigning for Hillary Clinton, neither touring nor releasing an album -- 2017 will swing hard in the opposite direction. Perry is expected to release her fourth studio album and tour behind it this year. And Adam Lambert, who, with the surviving members of Queen, drew 50,000 people to Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv last fall -- will hit the road with the band again for a 25-city North America arena tour in the summer. "It feels like artists are inspired right now, and maybe that has to do with politics," says Cobb. "Sometimes it takes an election to really reignite a passion."