RON PERRY, 40
Chairman/CEO, Columbia Records
GM, Columbia Records
TWO CHAINSMOKERS AND ONE SICK ROLLOUT: Just over a year ago, Perry transitioned from running SONGS Music Publishing to running Columbia and soon promoted Mallory from executive vp international marketing to be his deputy. This year saw the signing of Labrinth, Sia and Diplo‘s group, LSD, and a distribution deal with BTS’s label, BigHit. “I think our developing-artist story is incredible,” says Perry. Mallory says her 2018 highlight was working on The Chainsmokers‘ second LP, Sick Boy, which collected singles released steadily during the year. “It allows you to monetize a project over 18 months versus a traditional three-month release schedule,” she says.
MUSIC STORY OF 2018: (Mallory) “Childish Gambino‘s ‘This Is America’ video captured a darkness in American culture that reverberated around the globe.”