No. 73: Jesús López | Power 100
JESÚS LÓPEZ, 63
Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula
100 WEEKS ON HOT LATIN SONGS: "Despacito" may be remembered as a 2017 phenomenon, but its success continued through 2018 as the single reached 100 weeks on the Hot Latin Songs chart in December. Other 2018 milestones under López include J Balvin becoming the first Latin music artist to reach 1 billion streams on Apple Music, Karol G's best new artist Latin Grammy win and the company's involvement in the successful reboot of Spain's music competition, Operación Triunfo, which has since launched singer-songwriter Aitana and Ana Guerra. On an operational level, López is proud that 46 percent of his executive team are women. "People always say Latinos are machista" -- male chauvinists -- "but for the past 10 years, women in my organization have reached the highest positions," he says.
FIRST SONG THAT RESONATED: "When I was 12 years old, ‘L.A. Woman' was one of the songs that made me want to work in music."