No. 39: Randy Goodman | Power 100




Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville

Last Year's Rank: 44

A YEAR OF BREAKTHROUGHS: Rallying his "highly motivated, highly talented" executive team yielded big chart wins for Goodman in his second year on the job. Newcomer Kane Brown became the first artist to simultaneously top all five of Billboard's main country charts, and country upstarts Luke Combs and LANCO also released No. 1s on the Hot Country Songs chart.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SOCIAL: Goodman attributes Brown's success with "What Ifs" -- one of just three country songs to hit the Streaming Songs chart in 2017 -- and Combs' popularity in part to the artists' impact on social media. It's a potential boon for a genre that has lagged in streaming. "It's still a question of how long will it take for country streaming to scale and what actions we can take," says Goodman.

MEMORABLE CONCERT: "I was a big prog-rock fan, and I remember going to the old Municipal Auditorium in Nashville to see Yes. This unknown band opened for them called the Eagles."

Billboard Power 100 2018


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