President/global chief marketing officer, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
NO. 1 MUSIC PUBLISHER OF 2018: Sony/ATV benefited from the biggest deal in the history of music publishing when parent Sony Corp. shelled out $2.6 billion to buy the 70 percent of EMI Music Publishing that it didn't already own. Meanwhile, the publishing giant finished atop all four of Billboard's Publishers Quarterly 2018 charts. "We have a great combination of writer/artists and songwriter/producers that has been very powerful for us," says Strick, who oversees Sony/ATV's Nashville and Latin divisions. The latter took home publisher of the year awards from BMI, SESAC and Billboard. Meanwhile, Krim's Los Angeles team landed Ella Mai, Daniel Caesar and Lil Skies. Synch specialist Monaco says he "grew revenue by double digits" and was publishing's 2018 Super Bowl MVP for the sixth consecutive year, with 17 synch licenses.
MUSIC TREND HE'D LIKE TO SEE: (Krim) "The album restored to its place as an important artistic statement by an act."