No. 18: Steve Barnett, Michelle Jubelirer, Ashley Newton & Ethiopia Habtemariam
STEVE BARNETT, 66
Chairman/CEO, Capitol Music Group
MICHELLE JUBELIRER, 44
President, Motown Records
1.7 PERCENT MARKET-SHARE GAIN: Earning the largest market-share increase of any label group in 2018, Capitol finished the year with a 7.9 percent total market share, up from 6.2 percent in 2017. Wins from all sectors accounted for the boost, as evidenced by the three CMG albums to top the Billboard 200: Migos' Culture II on Motown and, from the flagship imprint, 5 Seconds of Summer's Youngblood and Paul McCartney's Egypt Station, the Beatle's first solo LP to debut at No. 1. "To gain 1.7 percent in market share really encapsulates everything," says Barnett, who has overseen the growth with lieutenants Newton and Jubelirer. At Motown, Habtemariam continued to build success through the label's partnership with Quality Control Music, which has yielded Migos, as well as the breakthrough of Lil Baby and Gunna's joint project, Drip Harder. Her objective, she says, is to guide the label toward greater diversity: "The goal of labels is to be multicultural, to have every genre covered and to amplify the great music that's there."
EXECUTIVE COACH: (Barnett) "I'm privileged to have [former NFL coach] Dick Vermeil as my father-in-law."