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Billboard's 2019 Power 100 List Revealed

The streaming-fueled comeback of recorded music is expanding the entire business, shaking up established hierarchies and creating new kingmakers. This year, 55 fresh faces join Billboard's annual ranking of industry influence. PLUS: Introducing the New Power Generation -- 25 disrupters who will define the future of the business.

What's Different About This Year's List

Although executives rise, fall and drop off the Power 100 every year due to performance, a handful who have perennially appeared on previous lists were not included this year due strictly to an editorial decision to refocus the Power 100 on core music-industry companies. As a result, executives from brands and branding companies, such as Citi, American Express and MAC Presents, and music bookers from the morning and late-night talk and entertainment shows were not considered for inclusion. Dick Clark Productions executives also were not considered this year because they share a parent company with Billboard.

1. Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group

2. Michael Rapino, President/CEO, Live Nation Entertainment

3. Daniel Ek, Founder/CEO, Spotify; Dawn Ostroff, Chief Content Officer, Spotify; Barry McCarthy, CFO, Spotify; Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel/VP Business and Legal Affairs, Spotify; Nick Holmstén, Global Head of Music, Spotify

4. Irving Azoff, Chairman/CEO, The Azoff Company; Jeffrey Azoff, Partner, Full Stop Management

5. Rob Stringer, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment

6. Steve Cooper, CEO, Warner Music Group; Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music, WMG

7. Oliver Schusser, VP Apple Music and International Content, Apple; Amanda Marks, Global Head of Business Development and Music Partnerships, Apple; Zane Lowe, Global Creative Director/Host, Apple Music; Larry Jackson, Global Creative Director, Apple Music; Bebhinn Gleeson, Global Director of Original Content, Apple Music; Rachel Newman, Global Director of Editorial, Apple Music

8. Jon Platt, Incoming Chairman/CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

9. Craig Kallman, Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records; Julie Greenwald, Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records; Mike Kyser, President of Black Music, Atlantic Records; Kevin Weaver, President of West Coast, Atlantic Records

10. Boyd Muir, CFO/Executive vp/President of Operations, Universal Music Group; Michele Anthony, Executive vp, UMG; Jeffrey Harleston, Executive vp Business and Legal Affairs/General Counsel, UMG; Michael Nash, Executive vp Digital Strategy, UMG

11. Monte Lipman, Co-Founder/CEO, Republic Records; Avery Lipman, Co-Founder/President, Republic Records

12. Coran Capshaw, Founder, Red Light Management

13. Steve Boom, Vice President, Amazon Music; Ryan Redington, Director, Amazon Music

14. Jody Gerson, Global Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group

15. John Janick, Chairman/CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M; Steve Berman, Vice Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M; Joie Manda, Executive vp, Interscope Geffen A&M

16. Scooter Braun, Founder, SB Projects

17. Martin Bandier, Chairman/CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

18. Steve Barnett, Chairman/CEO, Capitol Music Group; Michelle Jubelirer, COO, CMG; Ashley Newton, President, CMG; Ethiopia Habtemariam, President, Motown Records

19. Guy Oseary, 46, Co-Founder/Principal, Maverick Management

20. Jay Marciano, COO, AEG; Chairman/CEO, AEG Presents; Rick Mueller, President of North America, AEG Presents; John Meglen, Paul Gongaware, Co-CEOs, Concerts West/AEG Presents

21. Louis Messina, CEO, Messina Touring Group

22. Dennis Kooker, President of Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales, Sony Music Entertainment; Kevin Kelleher, COO, SME; Julie Swidler, Executive vp Business Affairs/General Counsel, SME

23. Stu Bergen, CEO of International and Global Commercial Services, Warner Music Group; Eric Levin, Executive vp/CFO, WMG; Ole Obermann, Executive vp Business Development/Chief Digital Officer, WMG; Paul Robinson, Executive vp/General Counsel, WMG

24. Denis Desmond, Chairman of the United Kingdom and Ireland, Live Nation; Arthur Fogel, Chairman of Global Music, President of Global Touring, Live Nation; Bob Roux, President of U.S. Concerts, Live Nation; Russell Wallach, Global President of Media and Sponsorship, Live Nation; Kathy Willard, CFO, Live Nation

25. Guy Moot, Incoming Co-Chair/CEO, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing; Carianne Marshall, Co-Chair/COO, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

26. Rob Light, Partner/Managing Director/Head of Music, Creative Artists Agency; Darryl Eaton, Mitch Rose, Rick Roskin, Co-Heads of Contemporary Music for North America, CAA

27. Marc Geiger, Partner/Head of Music, WME; Sara Newkirk Simon, Kirk Sommer, Partners/Co-Heads of Music, WME; Brent Smith, Partner, WME

28. Scott Greenstein, President/Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM Holdings Inc.

29. Elizabeth Matthews, CEO, ASCAP; Michael O'Neill, President/CEO, BMI

30. Bob Pittman, Chairman/CEO, iHeartMedia Inc.; John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia​; Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer/President of National Programming Group, iHeartMedia

31. Hartwig Masuch, CEO, BMG

32. Aaron Bay-Schuck, Co-Chairman/CEO, Warner Bros. Records; Tom Corson, Co-Chairman/COO, Warner Bros. Records

33. Peter Edge, Chairman/CEO, RCA Records; John Fleckenstein, Joe Riccitelli, Co-Presidents, RCA Records

34. Ron Perry, Chairman/CEO, Columbia Records; Jenifer Mallory, GM, Columbia Records

35. Sylvia Rhone, President, Epic Records

36. Mike Dungan, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville; Cindy Mabe, President, Universal Music Group Nashville

37. Randy Goodman, Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville

38. Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube; Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, YouTube; Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music, YouTube

39. Cussion Pang, CEO/Director, Tencent Music Entertainment; Andy Ng, Group vp, Copyright Management; Tencent Music Entertainment

40. Dave Rocco, Executive vp Creative, Universal Music Group; Celine Joshua, GM of Commercial, Content and Artist Strategy, UMG

41. Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Founder, Roc Nation; Jay Brown, CEO, Roc Nation; Desiree Perez, COO, Roc Nation

42. David Israelite, President/CEO, National Music Publishers' Association; Danielle Aguirre, Executive vp/General Counsel, NMPA

43. Elizabeth Collins, Susan Genco, Co-Presidents, The Azoff Company

44. Mitch Glazier, Chairman/CEO, RIAA

45. Randy Grimmett, Partner/CEO, Global Music Rights; John Josephson, Chairman/CEO, SESAC

46. Future The Prince, Manager, Drake; Noah "40" Shebib, Producer; Co-Founder, OVO Sound

47. Paul Rosenberg, Chairman/CEO, Def Jam Recordings; Co-Founder/President, Shady Records; CEO, Goliath Artists

48. Stuart Camp, Manager, Ed Sheeran

49. Paul Tollett, President, Goldenvoice Productions

50. Pierre "P" Thomas, CEO, Quality Control Music; Kevin "Coach K" Lee, COO, Quality Control Music

51. Scott Borchetta, Founder/President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group

52. Joel Katz, Founding Chairman of the Global Entertainment and Media Practice, Greenberg Traurig

53. Dre London, Founder, London Ent.

54. Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Ronald "Slim" Williams, Co-Founders/Co-CEOs, Cash Money Records

55. Scott Pascucci, CEO, Concord; Tom Whalley, Chief Label Executive, Concord; Jake Wisely, Chief Publishing Executive, Concord

56. Mike Caren, Founder/CEO, Artist Partner Group

57. John Branca, Partner/Head of the Music Department, Ziffren Brittenham

58. Allen Grubman, Kenny Meiselas, Senior Partners, Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks

59. Doug Morris, Founder, 12 Tone Music

60. Tamara Hrivnak, Head of Music Business Development and Partnerships, Facebook; Malika Quemerais, Head of Music Partnerships, Facebook; Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood, Head of Music Partnerships, Instagram

61. David Field, Chairman/President/CEO, Entercom​; Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom

62. Martin Mills, Founder/Chairman, Beggars Group

63. Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, Founder/CEO, Top Dawg Entertainment

64. Willard Ahdritz, Founder/CEO, Kobalt

65. Laurie Jacoby, Senior vp New York Concerts and Entertainment, Madison Square Garden

66. Marty Diamond, Corrie Christopher Martin, Matt Galle, Jonathan Levine, Music Executive Leadership Group, Paradigm Talent Agency

67. Darcus Beese, President, Island Records; Eric Wong, COO, Island Records

68. David Massey, President/CEO, Arista Records

69. John Esposito, Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville

70. Afo Verde, Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Latin Iberia

71. Mike Easterlin, Gregg Nadel, Co-Presidents, Elektra Music Group

72. Dennis Arfa, Chairman, Artist Group International; Marsha Vlasic, President, AGI; Adam Kornfeld, President of Touring for North America, AGI

73. Jesús López, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula

74. Ralph Peer II, Chairman/CEO, peermusic​; Mary Megan Peer, Deputy CEO, peermusic

75. Cliff Burnstein, Peter Mensch, Co-Founders, Q Prime

76. Marc Cimino, COO, Universal Music Publishing Group

77. Henry Cárdenas, Founder/CEO, Cárdenas Marketing Network

78. David Zedeck, Global Head of Music, United Talent Agency; Natalia Nastaskin, GM of Global Music Group, UTA; Ken Fermaglich, Partner/Agent, UTA; Cheryl Paglierani, Agent, UTA

79. Steve Levine, Rob Prinz, Partners/Co-Heads of Worldwide Concerts, ICM Partners; Mark Siegel, Partner/Head of Music, ICM Partners; Robert Gibbs, Partner/Music Agent, ICM Partners

80. Michael Huppe, President/CEO, SoundExchange

81. Charles Caldas, CEO, Merlin

82. Cara Lewis, Owner/Founder, Cara Lewis Group

83. Mary G. Berner, President/CEO, Cumulus Media

84. Daniel Glass, Founder/President, Glassnote

85. Danny Strick, Rick Krim, Co-Presidents of U.S., Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Brian Monaco, President/Global Chief Marketing Officer, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

86. Don Passman, Partner, Gang Tyre Ramer Brown & Passman

87. Jacqueline Charlesworth, Of Counsel, Covington & Burling​; Dina LaPolt, Founder/Owner, LaPolt Law

88. Jared Smith, President, North America; Ticketmaster; David Marcus, Executive vp/Head of Music, Ticketmaster

89. Gee Roberson, Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group; Partner, Maverick; Shawn Gee, President, Live Nation Urban; Partner, Maverick; Jean Nelson, President, The Blueprint Group

90. Jacqueline Saturn, President, Caroline/Harvest Records

91. Helen Murphy, CEO, ole Media Management

92. Jason Owen, President/CEO, Sandbox Entertainment; Co-President, Monument Records

93. Walter Kolm, Founder/President, WK Entertainment

94. Pasquale Rotella, Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events

95. Iñigo Zabala, President, Warner Music Latin America & Iberia

96. Russell Faibisch, Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO/Executive Producer, ULTRA Worldwide; Adam Russakoff, Executive Producer/Director of Business Affairs, ULTRA Worldwide

97. Randy Phillips, President/Director/CEO, LiveStyle

98. Raúl Alarcón Jr., President/Chairman/CEO, Spanish Broadcasting System

99. Rebeca León, CEO, Lionfish Entertainment

100. Neil Portnow, President/CEO, The Recording Academy

Methodology: A committee of Billboard editors and reporters weighed a variety of factors in determining the 2019 Power 100 ranking, including, but not limited to, Billboard’s Top Artists and Top Tours of 2018 rankings; nominations by peers, colleagues and superiors; impact on consumer behavior as measured by metrics such as chart, sales and streaming performance; social media impressions; radio and TV audiences reached; career trajectory; and overall impact in the industry, using data available as of Jan. 24. Agency rankings were based, in part, on an analysis of the top 125 grossing touring artists based on figures reported to Billboard Boxscore for the period of Jan. 1, 2018, to Jan. 24, 2019. When available, financial results are taken into consideration. U.S. record-label current market share was consulted using Nielsen Music’s market share for album plus track-equivalent and stream-equivalent album consumption units, and Billboard’s quarterly top 10 publisher rankings. Unless otherwise noted, Billboard Boxscore and Nielsen Music are the sources for tour grosses and sales/streaming data, respectively. Unless otherwise noted, album streaming figures cited represent collective U.S. on-demand audio totals for that album’s tracks. Song/artist streaming figures represent combined U.S. on-demand audio and video totals.

Contributors: Trevor Anderson, Jennifer Arnow Cathy Applefeld Olson, Megan Armstrong, Dave Brooks, Dean Budnick, Ed Christman, Leila Cobo, Camille Dodero, Thom Duffy, Chris Elsemore, Deborah Evans Price, Eric Frankenberg, Adrienne Gaffney, Bianca Gracie, Gary Graff, Jenn Haltman, Andrew Hampp, Cortney Harding, Steve Knopper, Katy Kroll, Robert Levine, Joe Levy, Melissa Malinowsky, Brooke Mazurek, Taylor Mims, Gail Mitchell, James Morgan, Melinda Newman, Paula Parisi, Dan Skelton, Eric Spitznagel, Christa Titus, Laura Tucker, Mike Vukobratovich, Christine Werthman, Deborah Wilker, Nick Williams, Chris Woods.


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