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Here Are The 100 Most Powerful People In The Music Biz

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Billboard has released the 2012 Power 100 list, which ranks the 100 most powerful people in the music industry, and it reveals that times are changing!

No longer are the record labels in control, instead power is shifting to the artists, their managers, and the people who book them.

One top entertainment attorney who was consulted to create the list said:

"Ultimately the artists are in control. So whoever most influences the artist has the power. But the label role has diminished as they no longer can provide the established artists with as much cash as they used to."

Jay-Z, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, U2, Jon Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga are the 6 artists on the list, while there were just 21 record labels executives, but 23 managers and 10 television and movie executives. The rest of the names come from radio, music publishing, digital service providers, branding companies, trade groups, lawyers and even 2 venture capitalists.

Perez Hilton isn't there yet, but give us a couple more years! LOLz!

Check out the list that was determined by a combination of factors including market share, exclusive Billboard chart data/boxscore information and revenue, below:

1. Irving Azoff
2. Coran Capshaw
3. Lucian Grainge
4. Martin Bandier
5. Doug Morris
6. Michael Rapino
7. Rob Light
8. Len Blavatnik
9. Tim Leiweke
10. Jimmy Iovine
11. Eddy Cue and Robert Kondrk
12. John Hogan
13. Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter & Beyonce Knowles
14. Lyor Cohen
15. Randy Phillips
16. Emmanuel Seuge
17. Frank Cooper
18. Barry Weiss
19. Rob Stringer and Steve Barnett
20. Arthur Fogel
21. Marc Geiger
22. Dan Mason
23. Bob Pittman
24. Roger Faxon
25. Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams
26. Rio Caraeff
27. U2 and Paul McGuinness
28. Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman
29. Daniel Ek
30. Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald
31. Lewis W. Dickey, Jr
32. Peter Grosslight
33. Charles Attal, Charlie Jones and Charlie Walker
34. Robert Greenblatt
35. Van Toffler
36. Monte Lipman
37. Antonio "L.A." Reid
38. Joel Katz
39. Mark Campana and Bob Roux
40. Tim Westergren
41. Peter Edge and Tom Corson
42. Tom Poleman
43. Chip Hooper
44. Hartwig Masuch
45. Rob Cavallo and Todd Moscowitz
46. Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch
47. Nathan Hubbard
48. Jay Brown
49. Evan Lamberg
50. Jon Bon Jovi
51. Lia Vollack
52. Jan Jeffries
53. Steve Bartels
54. Scott Borchetta
55. Blaise D'Sylva
56. Neil Portnow
57. Dennis Arfa
58. Cameron Strang
59. Cortez Bryant/Gee Roberson
60. Sean Parker
61. Steve Moore
62. Paul Rosenberg
63. Tifanie Van Laar
64. Ryan Seacrest
65. Robert Kyncl
66. Lorne Michaels
67. John Butcher
68. Clint Higham
69. Randy Spendlove
70. Rich Lehrfeld
71. Peter Luukko
72. John Branca
73. Melissa Lonner
74. Raul Alarcon, Jr.
75. John Frankenheimer
76. Cary Sherman
77. Larry Marcus
78. Taylor Swift
79. Kevin Mayer
80. PJ Bloom
81. James L. Dolan
82. Jesus Lopez
83. Martin Karl "Max Martin" Sandberg
84. Lady Gaga
85. Mike Dungan
86. Fred Wilson
87. Jon Platt
88. Willard Ahdritz
89. John Ivey and Alex Tear
90. Jody Gerson
91. Chris Tsakalakis
92. Nigel Lythgoe
93. Richard Busch
94. Debra Lee
95. David Israelite
96. Steve Berman
97. Rich Bengloff
98. Gary Overton
99. Daniel Glass
100. Simon Cowell

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17 comments to “Here Are The 100 Most Powerful People In The Music Biz”



  1. 1

    How is Madonna not on this list?



  2. 2

    #1 his is XTINAS MANAGER …. HER NEW SONG HIPS N LIPS IS COMING SOON!!!



  3. 3

    WHERE IS MADONNA & BRITNEY ?????? XTINAS MANAGER IS #1 HE IS READY TO BRING XTINA TO THE TOP…… NEW SONG HIPS N LIPS IS COMING AND HER BIGES WORLD TOUR IS COMING WINTER 150 DATES… $ 260.000.000



  4. 4

    It is a shame to put Taylor Swift in the list, shame on American music BIZ



  5. 5

    Re: yesitstrue – To put? LMAO. You really are dumb. Apparently she has enough business smarts and talent to be there. Its based on numbers and facts. I thought she would be higher. She did have one of the highest-grossing tours of last year, 100 different endorsements, her own management company, her own bus/transport company etc. Btw perez….why is Gaga on the pic when Taylor was higher than her?



  6. 6

    Re: dodgyend – probably because no one cares much about taylor swift outside of the US.

    Re: IThoughtItFirst – madonna has done nothing this year apart from release a crap movie.



  7. 7

    And me?

  8. GIO says – reply to this


    8

    Madonna has not done anything this year that's why. She is always at the top.



  9. 9

    Congrats to Queen GaGa and Queen B ,, am not surprised they made it on this list cu they r always on forbes most powerful



  10. 10

    AND THE NUMBER 1 MAN IS AGUILERA'S MANAGER ….
    GAGA IS ON 84 ?? LOL, SHE SINKS SO FAST, THE BITCH IS OVER



  11. 11

    really taylor swift she is a good song writer but not singer and adele should be on this list she is making people buy albums again



  12. 12

    what happened to your girlfriend madonna?



  13. 13

    @IThoughtItFirst Madonna isnt on the list cuz this is a yearly list, and last year she was hardly ever on the media or had anything special about her that would give her that much power… Im sure she will be on the 2012 list though since her comeback will probably be strong



  14. 14

    @GIO Well she isnt "always" at the top, thats why she didnt top this year. Now that shes older and accomplished a lot, she kinda takes it slower and isnt always active in the media and in music like she used to be… im sure with her comeback she will be on next years list though



  15. 15

    Madonna aint taking it easy or slowing down…..she directed a full feature film, recorded an album, launched a successful clothing line, and was referenced in the press as much if not more than anyone on that list in 2011……



  16. 16

    Madonna may not be on the list, but ppl sure seem weirded out by this fact… coincidence?? anyway she sure will be on that list next year



  17. 17

    Re: GAGAlovery – u need to spice things up! your comments go on forever and no one likes u. #dronedrone