For the first time in the eight-year history of the Billboard Power Players series, we present 40 Under 40, an elite list of the young executives who are propelling our industry with their artistic and business vision. continues below
This report is an expansion of our Power Players special feature 30 Under 30. By revising the age criteria, we present profiles here of a greater number of established executives. But these honorees, who have achieved impressive clout, are still at an early stage in their careers. Once again, our readers helped create this list, submitting nominations online at Billboard.biz.
With the additional exposure of our call for nominations via Twitter and Facebook, we received a record-setting number of responses. Billboard editors then set about reviewing those nominations in detail, more than 400 in all. From those nominations, we selected 40 honorees. We recognize that we could easily print a tally of the top 100 -- or more -- accomplished young executives in our industry. However, this list represents the collective judgment of Billboard's editors. Our honorees, listed here unranked and alphabetically, affirm the depth of young executive talent in the music business, undeniably a positive sign for the future. -- Thom Duffy