George Ergatoudis. Head of music BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
Chairman: Ted Cockle
The UK music industry has undergone a transformation over the last decade, with the shift from CDs to digital downloads hugely affecting the way music is bought and sold, and filesharing impacting on retail sales. There has also been a new British invasion of the US, which is a notoriously tricky market to break for UK recording artists. Our list shines a light on the people who are making the most impact on this fast-changing industry, from the recording artists and record label executives, to the radio playlist-setters, music critics and the people changing the face of the music industry in this digital age.
Ted Cockle is president of Virgin EMI Records, which finished 2013 as the UK's number one record label for both singles and albums in Virgin's 40th anniversary year. Cockle was previously co-president at Island Records, Virgin EMI's sister label at Universal Music, where most recently he worked with artists including Mumford & Sons, Robbie Williams and Florence + The Machine. He joined Island in 2005 as head of marketing after ten years at Sony Music, becoming marketing director a year later. In that role he worked with Amy Winehouse, The Sugababes as well as steering an award-winning launch campaign for Mika.
- Chairman and CEO Universal Music Group
- Chairman and chief executive officer Universal Music UK
- Chairman and chief executive Sony Music UK
- Head of music BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra
- Simon Cowell
- Co-founder and chief executive Songkick
- Chief executive UK Music
- Head rock and pop critic The Guardian and music editor GQ
- Editor Music Week
- Head of music television BBC
- Director of programming and content VEVO
- DJ and music producer
- Concert Promoter
- Senior director iTunes International
- Manager of contents partnership YouTube
- Head of European label relations Spotify
- Co-organiser Glastonbury Festival
- Musician and television presenter