Execs With Nashville Ties Featured in ‘Billboard’ Power 100


Pictured (clockwise from top left): Brian O’Connell, Mike Dungan, Clint Higham, Scott Borchetta and Gary Overton.

Several music industry executives with Nashville ties have been included in Billboard‘s Power 100 roundup.

The top 10 on the Power 100 list included:

1. Jay-Z and Beyonce
2. Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group
3. Coran Capshaw, Founder/owner, Red Light Management, Starr Hill Presents; Partner, ATO Records, TBD Records
4. Michael Rapino, CEO Live Nation
5. Martin Bandier, Chairman/CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
6. Doug Morris, Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Entertainment
7. Irving Azoff, Chairman/CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment
8. Len Blavatnik, Vice chairman/owner, Warner Music Group Founder/chairman, Access Industries
9. Rob Light, Managing partner/head of music, Creative Artists Agency
10. Jimmy Iovine, Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M; 
Co-founder/CEO, Beats Electronics

Among those with Nashville ties include:

Red Light Management’s Coran Capshaw ranks in the Top 10 at No. 3. His management company oversees careers of artists including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, and others.

Live Nation’s Brian O’Connell lands at No. 34. He oversees country touring operations, where he promotes tours for artists including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and others.

Joel Katz ranked at No. 39. Katz, Chairman of Global Entertainment and Media Practice, began his practice in 1971 with his first client James Brown. His client roster has included artists such as Gary Allan, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Brad Paisley, George Strait and more. His corporate clients have included Country Music Association, BMG Rights Management, Dick Clark Productions, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and more.

BMLG founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta was included at No. 40. The label group encompasses Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (2007) and Republic Nashville. His artist roster includes Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert and others.

Mike Dungan, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, ranked at No. 41 on the list. After 12 years at the helm of Capitol Nashville, Dungan took the reins at UMG Nashville in 2012. UMG Nashville is the home of imprints MCA, Capitol Nashville, Mercury and EMI Nashville. The roster includes Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, and many others.

Clint Higham is listed at No. 75 in the Power 100. As President of Morris Artists Management, Higham has been with the company for 18 years, where he manages artists including Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen and others.

Gary Overton is ranked at No. 84 on the list. As Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Nashville, Overton’s artist roster includes Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, and others. Overton arrived at Sony in 2010 after 15 years as Exec. VP and GM of EMI Music Publishing.


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