Billboard has released their “Women In Music 2015: The 50 Most Powerful Executives in the Industry” list! Congratulations to the Tower’s Michelle Jubelirer, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Jacqueline Saturn & all the other honorees!
Learn about Capitol Music Group’s honorees:
Michelle Jubelirer: COO, Capitol Music Group
Michelle was promoted from executive vp to COO in May, and CMG artists racked up 49 Grammy nominations and 12 wins. “We’re an artist-development company; that’s at the heart of every decision we make,” says the attorney-turned-label executive, who points to the successes of Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer and Bastille as proof. Jubelirer credits colleagues Jody Gerson and Michele Anthony with teaching her that “it’s possible to be a strong leader by taking charge and taking care at the same time.”
Ethiopia Habtemariam: President, Motown Records; president of urban music/co-head of creative, Universal Music Publishing Group
Habtemariam re-upped global publishing deals with J. Cole, Big Sean, Childish Gambino and Nicki Minaj — and watched signees R. City (“Locked Away”) and Sebastian Kole (Alessia Cara’s “Here”) enjoy chart breakthroughs. Following Ne-Yo’s No. 1 album, Non-Fiction, in 2015, Motown is ramping up newcomer BJ the Chicago Kid’s hotly anticipated LP for 2016.
Jacqueline Saturn: GM, Harvest Records
Saturn continued to revitalize the storied label that featured Pink Floyd in the 1970s and Duran Duran in the 1980s with successful releases by upstart artists Banks, who, says Saturn, has “amassed 200 million streams”; Glass Animals, which had a No. 1 Spotify track with “Gooey”; and the New Basement Tapesproject, producer T Bone Burnett’s all-star-band take on Bob Dylan and The Band’s classic 1975 album. The Los Angeles-based mother of two is an avid runner. And as she says, “The music game is a marathon, not a sprint.”