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Nick Jarjour
Maverick Management; 31
The youngest partner at Maverick, the consortium headed by Madonna and U2 manager Guy Oseary, Jarjour is a musical matchmaker of sorts. The Toronto native reps producers and songwriters (Cirkut, Alex Da Kid and Starrah) and teams them up with artists like the Weeknd, Calvin Harris and Maroon 5. Songs he’s had a hand in have been consumed more than 250 million times. He credits his success to the collaborative nature of Maverick, where he is free to work with any of the collective’s managers or acts. “I can supply all of the artists with hits. Using music as a thread can bring us together.” An ear for hooks and a brain for business, he’s eyeing a digital venture “that bridges the gap between brands, music and social media.”

Steven Victor
EVP and Head of A&R, Def Jam Recordings; 37
At Universal Music Group, Victor has been making waves as an A&R savant of sorts, working across multiple labels and, by proxy, lending his creative advice to artists of every stripe. It’s one reason why incoming Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg honed in on the 37-year-old for a new position as head of A&R and EVP. The East-coast-based Victor made his name shepherding GOOD Music, the collective launched by Kanye West and featuring releases by rappers including Desiigner and Pusha T, but says, “Working in the center allowed me to see what Universal as a company is capable of.” Of Def Jam’s future, Victor says hip-hop is “culture” and the label has to be cutting edge. “We’re sold on artists being expressive.”