Billboard's 2011 Women In Music Honorees
Billboard's 2011 Women In Music Honorees

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No. 18
Andria Vidler

CEO, EMI Music U.K. & Ireland
Twitter: @emiworldwide

Under CEO Andria Vidler, EMI Music U.K. & Ireland reports that the past year has been its most successful since the era of Spice Girls in the mid-'90s. This year saw home-grown artists Professor Green, Laura Marling and Emeli Sande all break big domestically, while Vidler's team helped Tinie Tempah land a hit single in the United States with "Written in the Stars," which has sold 1.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and became the theme of the 2011 Major League Baseball post-season in the United States. This fall, Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto hit No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, EMI-signed artists have scored 12 top 10 singles and 16 top 10 albums in the United Kingdom, according to the label. "We have really improved our strike rate in breaking new British acts," Vidler says. Her leadership has also helped EMI achieve substantial growth in its label services division through deals with Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel. EMI says that its brand partnership division has more than doubled its income since 2009, contributing to a 65% year-on-year growth in new income streams. "The balancing act for every creative business is balancing profit with the creative product," Vidler says. "We've managed both exceptionally well."

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