118 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS: During his decade-plus tenure running music's biggest publishing company, Bandier became a sort of George Steinbrenner of the songwriting business, signing a dream team of creators that includes Drake, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. In 2018 alone, Sony/ATV completed its purchase of EMI Music Publishing (which Bandier ran for 17 years), saw its writers nab 118 Grammy nominations and boasted major stakes in A Star Is Born and Golden Globe winner Bohemian Rhapsody. Now the industry's No. 1 publisher is heading to its best fiscal year ever, according to Bandier, who will step down at the end of March.
HE'LL BE BACK: "It's impossible to [have been] at the forefront of the music-publishing business for so long and not feel a deep obligation to continue my life's work," he says.