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…

Kevin Lyman


As the architect of the Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman is credited with creating the industry's top alternative music fest, now in its 12th year. "My heart and soul is in punk rock," says Lyman, who also…


Sean Moriarty


It's not your father's Ticketmaster. Under prexy-chief operating officer Sean Moriarty, the once derisively called Ticketmonster -- because of heavy-handed tactics and its perceived monopoly in the…

Randy Phillips


As chief of AEG Live, Randy Phillips oversees the nation's second-largest concert promoter, responsible for Bon Jovi's Have a Nice Day tour, the industry's No. 7 tour; Celine Dion's "A New Day" show…

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…

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