Billboard Reveals Inaugural List of Nashville's Top 50 Power Players
Find out who Billboard ranked as the most influential people in the country music scene.
Billboard on Thursday revealed its inaugural list of Nashville’s Top 50 Power Players.
Topping the list is Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, which counts Taylor Swift among its roster. With her 1989, the label claimed the fastest-selling album to reach the 5 million mark.
"What makes Scott powerful is his ability to separate his ego from the mix," Swift tells Billboard. "Many people in his position lose the ability to listen over time. Scott wants to hear his artists out. He knows he has a wealth of knowledge, but he also knows that the fresh creative ideas of young musicians are valuable and important in the grand scheme of things. His power comes from his ability to be humble enough to keep learning, keep listening, and as a result ... keep winning."
Other talent on the Big Machine roster are Tim McGraw and Zac Brown Band. Borchetta also acquired Republic Nashville earlier this month, adding artists like Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry to the fold.
Rounding out the top five are Mike Dungan, chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville; Brian O'Connell, president of Live Nation Country; Coran Capshaw, founder of Red Light Management; and John Dickey, executive vp content and programming at Cumulus Media.
Also among those who made the cut are Nashville creator Callie Khouri and executive music producer Buddy Miller. The duo, coming in at No. 32, "have created an engaging alternate country music universe" that has resulted in sales of 900,000 units of 13 Music of Nashville soundtracks and 4 million song downloads.
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