‘Billboard’ Reveals 2018 Power 100 List

Billboard has named its 2018 Power 100 List, ranking the top influencers in the music industry.  This year’s top 10 includes:

  1. Live Nation Entertainment CEO Michael Rapino
  2. Universal Music Group CEO/Chairman Lucian Grainge
  3. Spotify Founder/CEO Daniel Ek
  4. Azoff MSG Entertainment Chairman/CEO and Full Stop Management Chairman Irving Azoff
  5. Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer
  6. Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper; Warner Music Group CEO of Recorded Music Max Lousada
  7. Apple Senior VP, Internet and Software Services Eddy Cue; Apple Senior Director David Dorn; Apple Executive Jimmy Iovine; iTunes/Apple Music Head of Content Larry Jackson; Apple Vice President Robert Kondrk
  8. Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman/CEO Jody Gerson
  9. Red Light Management Founder Coran Capshaw
  10. Universal Music Group CFO/Executive VP/President of Operations Boyd Muir; Universal Music Group Executive VP Michele Anthony

Nashville-based executives in the 2018 Power 100 List include (by ranking):

29: Brian O’Connell, President of Country Music Touring Live Nation (in addition to Arthur Fogel, Chairman of Global Music/President of Global Touring, Live Nation Entertainment; Denis Desmond, Chairman, United Kingdom and Ireland, Live Nation; Bob Roux, President of U.S. Concerts, Live Nation; Russell Wallach, Global President of Media and Sponsorship, Live Nation Entertainment)

37: Mike Dungan, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville; Cindy Mabe, President, Universal Music Group Nashville

39: Randy Goodman, Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville

46: Scott Borchetta, President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group

48: John Esposito, Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville

77: Marcie Allen, President, Founder, MAC Presents; Cara Lewis, Owner/Founder, Cara Lewis Group

87: Sarah Trahern, CEO, Country Music Association

Women made up 17 percent of the 2018 Billboard Power 100 list (up from 10 percent in 2017), while men still hold the majority of top jobs in the industry. The labels sector made up 27 percent of the list, while live music execs held 24 percent of the Power 100 list (up from 20 percent in 2017).


Powered by Facebook Comments

Follow MusicRow on Twitter

Category: Featured

About the Author

Jessica Nicholson serves as the Managing Editor for MusicRow magazine. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]

View Author Profile