The First Celebrities To Claim The No. 1 Spot On The Magazine’s List
Mr. and Mrs. Carter reign number #1 on the annual list of the most influential people in the music business.
Queen Bey was recognized for her super secret self-titled visual album, which unexpectedly arrived at midnight in December and has sold more tan 1.5 million copies in the U.S.
“She took a high risk and was highly rewarded for it,” said Guy Oseary, who manages Madonna and U2. “I love what she did. Thank you, Beyoncé—it brings much-needed excitement and buzz to our industry.”
Jay Z teamed up with Samsung for the release of his album Magna Carta Holy Grail. Samsung purchased 1 million copies before the album went on sale to the public and gave it away for free to their users.
“Artists have always had the power but courage is in short supply. It’s just that the hip-hop generation believes in the possibilities,” says Lyor Cohen, a longtime business associate of Jay Z and former executive at Def Jam. “Jay and Beyonce don’t listen to the noise — they make the noise.”
The prestigious list includes Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams, L.A. Reid, Ryan Seacrest, and Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.