Adam Sandler

Clive Davis


It's good to be the king. Seven years ago, when Clive Davis was forced out of Arista Records -- the label he ran since 1974 -- in a bungled succession plan by BMG execs, few doubted he would return…

Jeff Kwatinetz


Jeff Kwatinetz wants to fix the music business. To do this, the high-profile manager and chief exec of the Firm has structured a spate of deals that strive for a more equitable split between label…

Kelly Clarkson


Kelly Clarkson has silenced any doubters. As the first winner of "American Idol" in 2002, skeptics wondered if her career had staying power once the "Idol" spotlight turned elsewhere. But her 2003…



Buoyed by her hit "Hips Don't Lie," Shakira has conquered the Latin music crossover universe. A domain once owned by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin, the 28-year-old Shakira Isabel…

Michael Cohl


When Michael Cohl first uttered the phrase "global tour," regional promoters around the country blanched. The concept meant Cohl would deal directly with the acts and the venues, circumventing…

Michael W. Smith


If there were a poster artist for Contemporary Christian music, it would undoubtedly be Michael W. Smith. His reign as the industry leader has continued uninterrupted for nearly 25 years and shows no…

George Wein


Widely dubbed the "Father of Festivals," jazz impresario and professional pianist George Wein filled a void when he bowed the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1970. When jazz enthusiasts and…

John Huie


With a who's-who client list including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay and others, John Huie has established himself as the CCM go-to guy. Already a veteran music agent, Huie moved to…

Guy Laliberte


Guy Laliberte wants to someday travel into space. Right now, he's busy defying gravity on Earth. The 47-year former performer-turned-billionaire quickly created an empire after he brought the first…

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