No. 36: Mike Dungan & Cindy Mabe | Power 100



Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville


President, Universal Music Group Nashville

THE NO. 1 COUNTRY LABEL FOR SIX YEARS: The dynamic duo of Dungan and Mabe led Universal Music Group Nashville to its sixth consecutive title as Billboard's Top Country Label in 2018. "We had solid performance across the board," says Dungan, who credits Mabe, an "extremely focused yin" to his "looser yang," for playing a crucial role in UMGN's performance. Chris Stapleton landed the No. 4, 7 and 9 Top Country Albums of 2018 with, respectively, Traveller and From A Room, Volume 2 and Volume 1; Luke Bryan took No. 6 with What Makes You Country; and Jon Pardi's breakthrough, California Sunrise, finished at No. 11. For the coming year, Dungan hopes Sam Hunt will deliver an album. "Just give it to me, please!" he says with a laugh.

MOVIE TITLE THAT DESCRIBES HIS LIFE: (Dungan) "Stop the World: I Want to Get Off."

Billboard Power 100 2019