ANTHONY SALEH, 31
CEO, Emagen Entertainment Group; partner, WNDRCO
Last Year’s Rank: New
FUTURE HISTORY: The artist manager helped marquee client Future make history as the first artist to score back-to-back No. 1 album debuts in the span of two weeks, FUTURE and HNDRXX, on the Billboard 200. At the risk of cannibalizing Future’s work, says Saleh, “we decided to play the long game and give consumers more stuff to bite on.”
THE YEAR AHEAD: Saleh is readying the release of new albums by Nas and new singer Alina Baraz. He’s also working with Future to build out his Freebandz clothing line. “We think it deserves to be put on a higher pedestal,” he says.
POTENTIAL INDUSTRY PITFALL: “I’m starting to feel the consumer’s mind space dwindle by the second. Artists need to do a better job of being impactful versus just being in consumers’ faces. Every single song, video, everything you do, should be designed for the most impact. Kendrick Lamar is a prime example. He delivered a 14-song album and only dropped incredible visuals.”