Adele tops Guardian's Music Power 100

Adele tops Guardian's Music Power 100

Singer-songwriter Adele and her record label boss, publisher and plugger have topped the Guardian's Music Power 100.

The list, compiled by a panel of industry experts, names those that exert the greatest influence over the UK's music listening habits.

The top ten of the Guardian's Music Power 100 is:

Team Adele - Adele, Richard Russell XL Recordings, manager Jonathan Dickins, publisher Paul Connolly, radio plugger Brad Hunner
Lucian Grainge, chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group International and David Joseph, chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK
Simon Cowell
Nigel Harding, music policy executive, Radio 1
Person or persons unknown, iTunes UK
Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, founders, YouTube
George Ergoutadis, head of music, Radio 1 and 1Xtra
Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, Google
Simon Moran, managing director, SJM promotions
Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon

At only 23, Adele has sold millions of records worldwide. Her second album, 21, has topped the US chart seven times and it has been No 1 in the UK for the last five weeks, having previously been No 1 for 11 weeks. In February she became the first artist since The Beatles to have two top five singles and two top five albums at the same time.

Those on the advisory panel were: Geoff Travis, founder Rough Trade records; Paul Scaife, MD/publisher, Record of the Day; Terri Hall, managing director, Hall or Nothing PR; Cerne Canning, Supervision Management; and Jonathan Morrish, director of corporate comms, PPL.

The Guardian's inaugural Music Power 100 list is published in the Guardian's Film & Music supplement as part of a summer-long season, Music Loves Summer, in the Guardian and Observer. The season continues over the weekend with a Glastonbury ticket giveaway on Saturday and an exclusive interview with the Arctic Monkeys on Sunday in The Observer.

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