No. 68: David Massey | Power 100
DAVID MASSEY, 61
President/CEO, Arista Records
A LABEL REBORN WITH 15 SIGNINGS: With 15 artists signed and counting, Massey's reboot of Arista Records is in full deployment. The former Island Records chief is reviving Clive Davis' legendary label with an eye to Gen Z artist development. "We want career-driven artists, diversity and quality," says Massey, whose three-tier partnership with Sony Music includes his own management and publishing companies under the moniker Work of Art. Officially launched in July, Arista 2.0 has already borne fruit with Stephen Puth (Charlie's younger brother), Tel Aviv native Dennis Lloyd and Lithuanian producer Dynoro, whose breakout hit, "In My Mind" (with Gigi D'Agostino), hit No. 4 on the Dance Mixshow/Airplay chart and, according to Massey, generated over 850 million global on-demand streams.
EXECUTIVE COACH: "David Geffen. He taught me integrity and to always put the artist first, above anything else."