Billboard releases its 2015 Power 100 issue. Topping this year’s list is Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grange, who graces the cover alongside his artists, Kanye West and Lana Del Rey.
“Lucian has such an extensive knowledge of music history, yet his eye is always on the future. As artists, we’re lucky he’s at the helm,” Del Rey said of the label head.
At #2 is Live Nation CEO, Michael Rapino. The company is responsible 22 of 2014’s top 25 tours; #3 is Irving Azoff, who controls a massive publishing rights organization with a roster of 40 artists and 20,000 songs; Sony Music CEO Martin Bandier lands at #4; and former Interscope head/Apple executive Jimmy Iovine.
Others on the list is Roc Nation’s Jay Brown, Epic Records’ L.A. Reid and Sylvia Rhone, and Cash Money’s Birdman and Slim.
Check out the full Billboard 2015 Power 100 at Billboard.com.