RANDY GOODMAN, 62
Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville
EIGHT NO. 1 SONGS ON COUNTRY AIRPLAY: Goodman's focus on breaking new artists since taking the top job at Sony Nashville in 2015 led to major momentum in 2018. The division scored eight No. 1 songs on the Country Airplay chart, including Kane Brown's "Lose It" and "Heaven," the chart's top track for the year; Maren Morris' "I Could Use a Love Song"; and Luke Combs' "One Number Away" and "She Got the Best of Me." Combs and Brown also scored the No. 1 and No. 2 Top Country Albums for 2018, respectively, with Combs' This One's for You spending 17 weeks at No. 1 in the calendar year. Goodman's focus on streaming also paid off: SMN landed three of the top 10 tracks on the year-end Country Streaming Songs chart. "Being agile" is key to Sony's momentum, he says. "We have to be able to evolve quickly."