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

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No. 8
Brenda Romano

President of promotion, Interscope Geffen A&M Records
Twitter: @brendaromano

As president of promotion at Interscope Geffen A&M, Brenda Romano piloted the summer's undisputed No. 1 song, LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. "Breaking LMFAO was not only rewarding, it was so much fun for our entire company to get behind [the duo's Redfoo and SkyBlu]," she says. "These guys have so much talent as writers, producers and performers, there's just no stopping them." Propelling LMFAO to the summit was hardly the only highlight this year for Romano, who works with a diverse roster that ranges from Lady Gaga, Dr. Dre and the Black Eyed Peas to U2, No Doubt and Mary J. Blige. She also oversaw the ascent of both Gaga's "Born This Way" and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera) to the top of the Hot 100. In addition to the three chart-toppers, IGA placed nine other songs in the Hot 100's top 10. Romano started at RCA 30 years ago as a promotion assistant. She worked at Mercury and Hollywood before moving to Interscope in 1995.

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