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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.

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.