Jesus Lopez: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 71

Jesus Lopez

49, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula


Last year's rank: 78

Universal Music Group Distribution's Latin albums market share dipped from 46.3 to 42 percent, but Lopez still heads Latin music's largest company, steering massive hits like Enrique Iglesias' "Bailando," which now holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 (38-plus) on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Born in Galicia, Spain, Lopez pioneered the mainstreaming of Latin rock in the '90s -- "the most visionary thing I've done," he says -- and aims to do likewise for Latin dance through Aftercluv, his new label.

MEMORABLE ARTIST ENCOUNTER: "Hanging with Bono in Madrid in 1987, listening to live flamenco music."

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