The Top 40 Music Industry Social Media Influencers Of 2015

The Top 40 Music Industry Social Media Influencers Of 2015

At Three Sixty Deal, the mission is to serve artists by providing useful and actionable information.

For the first time, we’ve compiled a list highlighting The Top 40 Music Industry Social Media Influencers of 2015.

Social Media is a transformative medium for artists. It’s also changed the way the music industry conducts business. Since the launch of Myspace, artists sought out and accessed industry professionals through their online profiles. Those same industry execs use social media as a way to discover and monitor new talent.

 

THE INFLUENCERS

There are many artists with abundant social media followers and strong engagement.

In an effort to provide something unique and to set this list of social media influencers apart, we focused on executives in the industry, not artists.

The list was compiled by reviewing dozens, maybe hundreds, of various professionals in the music industry. The forty people featured below had at least one profile with a significant number of followers as well as frequent or interesting content. 

It’s important to note that there are many influential and relevant people across the industry, this list focuses on those who are influential on social media.

The list is in no particular ranking or order, so please don’t view the names as hierarchal.

Enjoy list and be sure to check out each of these people by clicking on their social media links.

And finally, if you’d like to recommend someone for the next list, please let us know in the comments!

 

*** THE TOP 40 MUSIC INDUSTRY SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS OF 2015 ***


Allison K Scarinzi

ALLISON K SCARINZI
GM – SB Projects

Home to artists such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Cody Simpson, and Martin Garrix, SB Projects is one of the hottest entertainment companies in the business. Allison handles all the day-to-day operations of the company.
Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter
Instagram

 

MikeCarenMIKE CAREN
President A&R – Warner Music Group

Mike Caren is the head of A&R for Warner Music Group which also includes Atlantic Records. He’s also the founder and CEO of Artist Publishing Group.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 


Capitol-Records-Logo.svg ALEX WILHELM
Senior Director A&R – Capitol Music Group

Alex Wilhelm started his career by launching the independent A&R company, Crazed Hits. He currently serves as Senior Director of A&R for Capitol Music Group

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

Sharon Dastur

SHARON DASTUR
SVP Programming – iHeartMedia

Sharon Dastur is one of the most influential figures in commercial radio as the SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia, formerly known as Clear Channel. Prior to this role she served as program director for Z100 in New York.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

DallasMartinDALLAS MARTIN
SVP A&R – Atlantic Records

Dallas Martin is the Senior Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records. He’s also the CEO of Blueprint Entertainment and involved with Rock Ross’s Maybach Music Group.

Hottest Social Media Profiles:
Twitter
Instagram

 

 

SandiBorchetta

SANDI SPIKA BORCHETTA
SVP – Big Machine Label Group

As the creative lead for BMLG, Sandi Borchetta oversees the images of artists like Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw and Cassadee Pope.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

JOHN EHMANN
VP A&R – Interscope Records

The A&R executive responsible for Lana Del Rey, Aloe Blacc and Carly Rae Jepsen, John Ehmann, is the VP of A&R for Interscope Records.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter 

 

 

TYLER BROWN
Head of A&R – Syco

Tyler Brown is the Head of A&R for Syco Music, a Sony label based in London. He’s worked with artists like Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and One Direction.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

SCOOTER BRAUN
CEO – SB Projects

Perhaps the king of music industry social media, manager and entrepreneur, Scooter Braun, has nearly 6 million followers between his Twitter and Instagram profiles.

Hottest Social Media Profiles:
Twitter
Instagram

 

 

Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA HABTERMARIAM
President, Urban Music/Co-Head, Creative – Universal Music Publishing Group

Ethiopia Habtermariam oversees an impressive roster of urban songwriters at UMPG like Chris Brown, J Cole and Hit Boy as well as oversees the creative staff.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

KennyHamilton

KENNY HAMILTON

Kenny Hamilton started his career in Atlanta radio. He later became Justin Bieber’s road manger. Now he is a partner of H.Wood Group, a TV producer and overall creative entrepreneur. He has nearly 3 million followers between his Twitter and Instagram profiles.
Hottest Social Media Profiles:
Twitter
Instagram

 

 

BillyClarkBILLY CLARK

Billy Clark, or as he is known around the industry as “Big” Billy Clark, was the former head of A&R for Def Jam on the West Coast. He is currently a talent manager, TV producer and founder of musicolio.com, a music industry networking site.

Hottest Social Media Profiles:
Twitter
Instagram

 

 

MichaelRapinoMICHAEL RAPINO
CEO – Live Nation

As the President and CEO of Live Nation since 2005, Michael Rapino led the transformation of the company into the number one live music brand in the world with operations in over 45 countries.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

sylviarhone

SYLVIA RHONE
President – Epic Records

Sylvia Rhone first served as president of Universal Motown Records before forming Vested In Culture (VIC) a label imprint with Epic Records. She was named president of Epic in 2014.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

AtonATON BEN-HORIN
Global Director, A&R – Warner Music Group

Aton Ben-Horin is a true multi-hyphenate. He currently serves as Global Director of A&R for all of Warner Music Group’s labels. He’s also a manager, writer, producer and musician.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

73-brandon-creed-power-100-2015-billboard-300x300BRANDON CREED
CEO – The Creed Co.

As an A&R exec for Epic he signed Bruno Mars to a record deal. He later left the label to take over management duties for Mars as well as Mark Ronson among others.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

TyStiklorius

TY STIKLORIUS
Founder – Friends At Work

Ty Stiklorius recently established her management firm, Friends At Work, after departing Atom Factory where she served as co-president. She represents John Legend and Lindsey Sterling among others

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

AaronReidAARON REID
A&R – Epic Records

Aaron Reid, son of Epic Records chief L.A. Reid, is making his mark at Epic Records as an A&R executive. In between signing and developing artists such as Vinny Cha$e and Jude, he works on his own music.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter
Instagram

 

BobbyCambellBOBBY CAMPBELL
Manager – Artist Nation

Bobby Campbell made waves in the industry when he became Lady Gaga’s manager in 2013. Since then, he’s joined the Artist Nation (talent management) division of Live Nation.

Hottest Social Media Profiles:
Twitter
Instagram

 

 

IrvingIRVING AZOFF

As one of the most powerful executives in the music business, Irving Azoff manages the careers of icons such as the Eagles and Christina Aguilera. His social media activity is poignant, direct and insightful.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

AlexandraPatsavas

ALEXANDRA PATSAVAS
CEO – Chop Shop Music

As CEO of Chop Shop Music, Alexandra Patsavas has overseen the music supervision for properties like Twilight, The OC, Gossip Girl, and Mad Men – breaking hundreds of new artists in the process.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guy_Bio_Photo_cropGUY OSEARY
Manager – Maverick/Artist Nation

Guy Oseary got his start in the music business at 17 at what became Maverick Records, later to rise to the role of Chairman. He is now the manager for Madonna and U2.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter
Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

JESSICAHOPPER

JESSICA HOPPER
Senior Editor – Pitchfork

In addition to being named in Best Music Writing in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011 – Jessica Hopper is also the author of The Girls Guide To Rocking.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

 

DanielEkDANIEL EK
CEO – Spotify

As the founder of Spotify, Daniel Ek is a powerful and influential figure in the music business.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

PasqualePASQUALE ROTELLA
CEO – Insomniac

One of the godfathers of the modern EDM movement, Pasquale Rotella is the founder and CEO of Insomniac – the producer of festivals such as EDC, Nocturnal Wonderland and many others.

Hottest Social Media Profiles:
Twitter

Instagram
Facebook

 

 

 

LA ReidL.A. REID
Chairman & CEO – Epic Records

He is the current chairman and CEO of Epic Records, but L.A. Reid also has a rich history as a musician, producer, and TV music competition judge.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

Anya Grundmann

ANYA GRUNDMANN
Executive Director, Music – NPR

NPR produces music programming such as the features and podcasts All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts. Anya Grundmann is not only in charge of all music programming, she also leads all of NPR’s program acquisition.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

Aaron_Bay-SchuckAARON BAY-SCHUCK
President, A&R – Atlantic Records

After spending 10 years as an A&R executive at Atlantic records, Aaron Bay-Schuck was announced as the president of A&R for Interscope Geffen A&M Records in 2014.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

Cortez-Bryant-300x232CORTEZ BRYANT
Co-head – Blueprint Group 

As the manager for Lil’ Wayne, G-Eazy and others, Cortez Bryant is a leader in the hip hop industry.

Hottest Social Media Profiles:
Twitter

Instagram

 

110210-alex_da_kid_617_409ALEX DA KID
CEO – KIDinaKORNER Records

Alex Da Kid didn’t stop at producing hit songs for Dr. Dre, Eminem, Imagine Dragons and others – he founded and runs KIDinaKORNER Records with an artist roster that includes Skylar Grey and X Ambassadors.
Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

Evan BogartEVAN BOGART

Evan “Kidd” Bogart is a Grammy winning songwriter, music executive, TV producer, and music publisher.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

 

Ron-PerryRON PERRY
President – SONGS Publishing

Ron Perry has been with SONGS publishing since its founding in 2004. He was named president in 2012.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter
Instagram

 

 

 

MonaMONA SCOTT-YOUNG
CEO/Founder – Monami Entertainment

The founder of Monami Entertainment, Mona Scott-Young produces the VH1 franchise, “Love & Hip Hop” and manages the artist Missy Elliot.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

 

JermaineJERMAINE DUPRI
Owner – So So Def Records

Jermaine Dupri is a Grammy Award winning record producer, songwriter and rapper. He’s also the owner of So So Def Records.

Hottest Social Media Profiles:
Twitter

Facebook
Instagram

 

 

russell_simmons_youtube-600x369RUSSELL SIMMONS

Russell Simmons co-founded the hip hop label DefJam Records and remains an influential figure in music and business.

Hottest Social Media Profiles:
Twitter

Instagram

 

 

ericalperERIC ALPER

Eric Alper is the director of media relations at eOne Music Canada. Few people also know that he was chosen by Billboard Magazine, Paste Magazine and the National Post as the “best on Twitter.”

Hottest Social Media Profiles:
Twitter

 

 

randy jacksonRANDY JACKSON

Randy Jackson is a Grammy award winning producer, but he is best known for his work as a judge on early seasons of American Idol.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

AlexanderLjungALEXANDER LJUNG
CEO/Founder – Soundcloud

When Alexander Ljung founded Soundcloud, he created a music streaming platform that attracts 175 million unique monthly listeners.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

DebraLee

DEBRA LEE
CEO – BET Network

Debra Lee is named one of “The 100 Most Powerful Women In Hollywood.” Her career at BET has spanned 25 years.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 

 

 

 

adamleberADAM LEBER
Co-Owner – Reign Deer Entertainment

Adam Leber is co-owener of Reign Deer Entertainment, long-time partners with Larry Rudolph. Together they manage the careers of Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and others.

Hottest Social Media Profile:
Twitter

 


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