MIKE CAREN, 41
Founder/CEO, Artist Partner Group
34 HOT 100 HITS: Caren's Artist Partner Group placed a whopping 34 singles on the Hot 100 in 2018 (up from 22 in 2017), netting 1.7 percent of the year's total streaming market share. The publishing side reaped hits with Amy Allen, who co-wrote Halsey's recent Hot 100 No. 1 "Without Me," and Madison Love, who co-penned Ava Max's U.K. No. 1 "Sweet but Psycho." On the A&R side, Caren oversaw breakthroughs across "every genre," including highlights like Lil Skies' debut LP, Life of a Dark Rose, which went RIAA-certified gold in November, and pop artist Bazzi, whose viral crossover "Mine" led to opening tour slots with Justin Timberlake and Camila Cabello. " 'Mine' broke like records should in this era," says Caren about the song's six-month build from Snapchat meme to Mainstream Top 40 chart-topper. "People love surprises."