Jay-Z , Beyonce, Taylor Swift & Lady GaGa Make the Billboard Power 100

Irving Azoff topped the Billboard Power 100 list as the most powerful person in the music industry. Who is Irving Azoff? Only the chairman of Live Nation, the world’s largest promoter, ticketing, and artist management group.

Where did your favorite artist end up? Billboard revealed the power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z as No. 13, ranked collectively rather than singly. This of course should come as no big surprise since Jay currently has the record for the most No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and has sold 28 million units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Beyonce is no slouch either with sales of more than 29 million units from sales of her solo albums and from her days with the super group Destiny’s Child.

Taylor Swift snatched the 78th position on the list, which is truly a special achievement for any 21-year old. Maybe all that power will help her cope with her break-up with Jake Gyllenhaal.

U2 and their manager Paul McGuinness rank at No. 27 on the list. According to Billboard Boxscore, U2’s 360° tour grossed $736,421,586, making it the most successful concert tour in history.

“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest came in at No. 64, due in part to his syndicated Clear Channel radio show “On Air.” His production company at NBC Universal and his hosting “American Top 40 also weighed in his ranking, of course.

Lady GaGa sits proud at No. 84. The ‘Marry the Night’ pop star has been recognized for her branding deals and, essentially, revolutionizing the way people see other people. With 18.4 million twitter followers, it’s not hard to see that people goo goo for GaGa.

The list was comprised by looking at factors such as market share, exclusive Billboard chart data/boxscore information, and revenue, which were later analyzed by a team of 15 magazine editors. The list includes not only recording artists but also executives in television, movies and recording company.


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