The business of music is once again booming — and as the playing field has become all the more competitive, the longtime leaders of live, tech, management and recorded music have been joined by 41 new faces disrupting old models on Billboard‘s annual ranking of industry influence.
7. Eddy Cue, Senior vp, Internet and Software Services, Apple; David Dorn, Senior Director, Apple; Jimmy Iovine, Executive, Apple; Larry Jackson, Head of Content, iTunes/Apple Music; Robert Kondrk, Vice President, Apple
16. Rob Light, Partner/Managing Director/Head of Music, Creative Artists Agency; Darryl Eaton, Co-Head of Contemporary Music North America, Creative Artists Agency; Mitch Rose, Co-Head of Contemporary Music North America, Creative Artists Agency; Rick Roskin, Co-Head of Contemporary Music North America, Creative Artists Agency
29. Arthur Fogel, Chairman of Global Music/President of Global Touring, Live Nation Entertainment; Denis Desmond, Chairman, United Kingdom and Ireland, Live Nation; Brian O’Connell, President of Country Music Touring, Live Nation; Bob Roux, President of U.S. Concerts, Live Nation; Russell Wallach, Global President of Media and Sponsorship, Live Nation Entertainment
78. Eric Levin, Executive vp/CFO, Warner Music Group; Ole Obermann, Executive vp Business Development/Chief Digital Officer, Warner Music Group; Paul Robinson, Executive vp/General Counsel, Warner Music Group
Methodology: A committee of Billboard editors and reporters weighed a variety of factors in determining the 2018 Power 100 ranking, including, but not limited to, Billboard’s Top Artists and Top Tours of 2017 rankings, nominations by peers, colleagues and superiors; impact on consumer behavior as measured by such metrics as chart, sales and streaming performance; social media impressions, and radio and TV audiences reached; career trajectory; and overall impact in the industry. When available, financial results are taken into consideration. Where required, U.S. record-label market share was consulted using Nielsen Music’s market share for album plus track-equivalent and stream-equivalent album consumption units, and Billboard’s quarterly top 10 publisher rankings. Unless otherwise noted, Billboard Boxscore and Nielsen Music are the sources for tour grosses and sales/streaming data, respectively. Unless otherwise noted, streaming figures cited represented combined U.S. on-demand audio and video totals.
Contributors: Bob Allen, Trevor Anderson, Jim Asker, Dave Brooks, Dean Budnick, Keith Caulfield, Ed Christman, Leila Cobo, Camille Dodero, Thom Duffy, Adrienne Gaffney, Fred Goodman, Gary Graff, Jenn Haltman, Andrew Hampp, Hannah Karp, Steve Knopper, Robert Levine, Brooke Mazurek, Gail Mitchell, Melinda Newman, Paula Parisi, Dan Rys, Richard Smirke, Eric Spitznagel, Jay Stowe, Jack Tregoning, Deborah Wilker, Nick Williams.