CAMERON STRANG, 50
Chairman/CEO, Warner Bros. Records
Last Year’s Rank: 35
Strang did not let rumors about his job security get in the way of leading Warner Bros. Records to a resurgent year, thanks in part to new talent. Lukas Graham‘s No. 2 Hot 100 hit, “7 Years,” reigned as 2016’s best-selling freshman single (more than 2.1 million digital downloads) and scored Grammy nods for record and song of the year. The label also broke Andra Day, which, along with posthumous sales of Prince‘s music — more than 5 million digital downloads and 2.1 million albums sold — helped boost its total market share from 5.9 percent in 2014 to 7.3 percent in 2016.
“The first time we played some of our new music for Cam, we had a long talk about our musical direction. He told me that every choice will have consequences — everything we put into the lyrics and music, but also all the things we don’t.” — Lukas Forchhammer of Lukas Graham on Cameron Strang