No. 47: Paul Rosenberg | Power 100



Chairman/CEO, Def Jam Recordings; co-founder/president, Shady Records; CEO, Goliath Artists

SEVEN TOP FIVE ALBUMS: In Rosenberg's first calendar year running Def Jam, the label scored seven Billboard 200 top five albums (Logic's Bobby Tarantino II and Kanye West's Ye both debuted at No. 1) and five Grammy nominations, including a best rap album nod for Pusha T's DAYTONA. Meanwhile, the Michigan State alum continued to manage Eminem, whose surprise release, Kamikaze, became the rapper's ninth Billboard 200 No. 1. Now, with Def Jam headed into its 35th anniversary year amid hip-hop's streaming explosion, Rosenberg sees a major opportunity for the legendary imprint: "The timing is great [for us] to return the brand to its proper identity as the greatest hip-hop label of all time."

EXECUTIVE COACH: "Lucian Grainge has encouraged me to take well-considered risks. I have a tendency to be a bit conservative."

Billboard Power 100 2019