Scott Borchetta: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 23

Scott Borchetta

52, President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group


Last year's rank: 40

Borchetta scored the best-selling album of 2014 with just two weeks of sales -- Taylor Swift's 1989, which has moved 3.7 million copies to date -- but he's still losing sleep on how he can sustainably sign the next Swift. Discussing his top artist's famous standoff with Spotify, Borchetta says, "We're reaching a point where unsigned artists can't afford to get a record deal, and that's the conversation we want to be at the center of." In addition to overseeing a thriving country roster that includes Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert and forthcoming full-lengths from Reba McEntire and Maddie & Tae, Borchetta is open to adding some more pop sounds to the label, too, in his new role as mentor on this season's American Idol.

OVERUSED WORD: "'Dominate,' or 'DOMIN8,' which I've been signing in internal emails for as long as I can remember."