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

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No. 5
Alexandra Patsavas

Owner, Chop Shop Music Group
Twitter: @chopshopmusic

The opening weekend of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" was preceded by two hit singles from the film's soundtrack, once more supervised by Chop Shop Music Group owner Alexandra Patsavas, with Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" and Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" both rising on the Billboard Hot 100. But then, past projects have proven Patsavas has great taste. Her picks have been heard on TV's "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Mad Men" and "Gossip Girl." For a film soundtrack to succeed, "it really must increase the drama of the film. 'Breaking Dawn' is a wedding film, and a more pop flavor is perfect for a wedding," Patsavas says of the album's pop edge. Last year's soundtrack to "Eclipse" has sold 578,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while 2009's companion album to "New Moon" racked up 1.3 million in sales and 2008's "Twilight" soundtrack has sold more than 2.7 million. That success led to the launching of Patsavas' Atlantic-affiliated Chop Shop Records, which is off to an impressive start with such releases as Marina & the Diamonds' The Family Jewels, which reached No. 2 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart with sales of 24,000.

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