No. 44. Randy Goodman | Power 100
RANDY GOODMAN, 60
Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville
Last Year's Rank: 67
In 2016, Sony Nashville released six (non-Christmas) albums that debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. For stars like Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney, those No. 1s were a given, but for "outlier" freshmen Kane Brown and best new artist Grammy nominee Maren Morris, their arrivals were a huge win -- the latter a major feather in Goodman's cap since the Forest Hills, Tenn., resident took the label reins 16 months ago.
Prized Music Memorabilia: "Waylon Jennings once left me a Vodaphone message: 'Hey, Hoss. Don't you know legends don't talk to voice machines?' I still have that cassette."