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Billboard publishes its latest Power 100

By | Published on Friday 8 February 2013

Billboard Power 100

Billboard has published its Power 100 list for 2013, with the two big EMI deals completed last year having an impact at the top. Universal’s successful acquisition of much of the EMI record company pushing its boss man Lucian Grainge up from third place last year to number one this, while Marty Bandier, now in charge of a combined Sony/ATV/EMI on the music publishing side, is at number three. Coran Capshaw, though, remains in second place, showing that – in Billboard’s view at least – leading artist managers still wield a lot of power, and no more than the boss of Red Light.

Last year’s Power 100 list topper Irving Azoff has disappeared from the chart, following his decision to quit Live Nation on the last day of 2012, and it still not being totally clear what his next moves will be, beyond continuing to manage the careers of his core clients. His co-chief at Live Nation, though, Michael Rapino, is at number four ahead of Sony Music boss Doug Morris at five. The digital music chiefs do appear in the list, but not in the upper echelons – VEVO boss Rio Caraeff is at 23 and Spotify top man Daniel Ek at 25.

You can see the full list on the Billboard site. Go, digest, enjoy, and maybe even ask yourself whether the American music industry has some serious diversity issues – what an awful lot of aging white men appear. Julie Greenwald is the highest listed woman at 19, though she shares the spot with her Atlantic Records co-chief Craig Kallman.