Antonio 'L.A.' Reid & Sylvia Rhone: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 61

L.A. Reid & Sylvia Rhone

Reid: 58, Chairman/CEO, Epic Records


Last year's rank: 56

 

Rhone: 62, President, Epic Records


Last year's rank: --

In 2014, Reid declared, "Folks better watch out. We're cooking." And -- together with Rhone, who was appointed president last March -- he made good on that declaration. The pair piloted newcomer Meghan Trainor to a multiplatinum breakthrough and Grammy nods with two top-selling singles ("All About That Bass," with 4.7 million sold, and "Lips Are Movin'," at 1.6 million, according to Nielsen Music). Additional breakthroughs -- Bobby Shmurda, A Great Big World, Kongos -- coupled with strong sales by established acts (Michael Jackson and Sara Bareilles) were instrumental in "turning Epic around," says Reid.

LAST KINDLE PURCHASE: "A book by Michael Eisner called Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed." -- Reid

PRIZED POSSESSION: "My reputation. No one can take that away from me." -- Rhone