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.