No. 67: Darcus Beese & Eric Wong | Power 100

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DARCUS BEESE

President, Island Records

ERIC WONG

COO, Island Records

BUILDING ON 4.5 BILLION MENDES STREAMS: In July 2018, Beese moved from the top job at Island Records U.K. to the U.S. equivalent, joining Wong, who was promoted to COO in August. Their mandate: to build on the label's roster of veteran acts -- including Bon Jovi and Fall Out Boy -- and its current phenom Shawn Mendes, who has generated 4.5 billion career streams and sold 1.2 million albums. Beese -- whose A&R talent benchmark remains the late Amy Winehouse, whom he signed in 2002 -- counts rising R&B singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez as the label's next priority. "I hadn't come across someone that moved me in an emotional way since Amy," says Beese, who is teeing up Reyez's debut LP later this year. "She has the potential to be one of the greats."

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