No. 46. Steve Bartels | Power 100



CEO, Def Jam Recordings

Last Year's Rank: 48

Justin Bieber's all-Purpose comeback -- culminating in three Hot 100 No. 1 singles and a Grammy nod for album of the year -- wasn't Def Jam's only cheerleading moment from 2016. Kanye West and Rihanna earned Grammy nods, respectively, for The Life of Pablo and Anti, with the latter's Drake-featuring "Work" and "Needed Me" finishing as two of the year's five most-streamed songs. The label also scored breakthroughs with Desiigner (whose "Panda" hit No. 1 on the Hot 100), Alessia Cara and Bibi Bourelly. "While taking care of our many established acts, we're also developing invigorating emerging artists," says Bartels, who's closing in on his third anniversary as CEO.

2017 Power 100