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List of famous music executives, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top music executives in the world? This includes the most prominent music executives, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable music executives is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic music executives were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned music executives.

List features people like Usher, Dr. Dre and more!

From reputable, prominent, and well known music executives to the lesser known music executives of today, these are some of the best professionals in the music executive field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous music executives ever?" and "What are the names of famous music executives?" then you're in the right place. (139 items)
Usher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the ...more

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and ...more

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David Geffen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen ...more

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R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967)[8] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former semi-professional basketball player. Kelly is known for songs including ...more

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Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Gerard Arthur Way (born April 9, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the rock band My Chemical Romance from its ...more

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#194 of 265 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #409 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #679 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

Berry Gordy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Berry Gordy III (known professionally as Berry Gordy Jr., born November 28, 1929) is an American record executive, record producer, songwriter, film producer and television producer. He is best ...more

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Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record executive. He is best known for being the bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist for ...more

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Rain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Jung Ji-hoon (born June 25, 1982), better known by his stage name Rain, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor, and music producer. Rain's musical career includes seven albums (six Korean, ...more

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Clive Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is an American record producer, A&R executive, and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of ...more
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011), better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor. Myers was the former leader of Heavy D ...more

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Joseph Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Joseph Walter Jackson (July 26, 1928 – June 27, 2018) was an American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family of entertainers that includes his children Michael and Janet. He was ...more

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DJ Khaled is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Khaled Mohamed Khaled (born November 26, 1975), better known as DJ Khaled, is an American DJ, record executive, songwriter, record producer and media personality. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, ...more

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Swizz Beatz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Swizz Beatz
Kasseem Dean (born September 13, 1978), known professionally as Swizz Beatz, is an American hip hop recording artist, DJ, record producer, art collector, and entrepreneur from New York City. ...more

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#80 of 235 The Best New York Rappers #40 of 128 The Best Hip Hop Producers Right Now, Ranked #20 of 51 The Best Jamaican Rappers

Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Herb Alpert (born March 31, 1935) is an American jazz musician most associated with the group variously known as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, or TJB. Alpert ...more

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Jimmy Iovine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
James Iovine (; Italian: [ˈjoːvine]; born March 11, 1953) is an American record producer best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records. In 2006, Iovine and rapper-producer Dr. Dre founded ...more

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Chamillionaire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979), better known by his stage name Chamillionaire (), is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Houston, Texas. He began his career independently ...more

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#171 of 255 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #690 of 1,062 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Timelisted on Houston Gangsta Rappers List

Gerardo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
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Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
William "Smokey" Robinson Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and frontman of the ...more

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Kyla is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Melanie "Kyla" Alvarez (born Melanie Hernandez Calumpad on 5 January 1981), better known by her stage name Kyla, is a Filipino R&B singer-songwriter, occasional actress and ...more
Sam Phillips is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – July 30, 2003) was an American record producer who played an important role in the development of rock and roll during the 1950s. He was the founder ...more
Benzino is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Raymond Scott (born July 18, 1965), better known by his stage name Benzino, is an American hip hop media executive and record producer. He is known for having appeared on VH1 reality TV series ...more

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Shyne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Moses Michael Levi Barrow (born Jamal Michael Barrow; November 8, 1979), is a Belizean rapper better known by his stage name Shyne. Barrow was born in Belize, but moved to New York as a child to ...more

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L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Antonio Marquis "L.A." Reid (born June 7, 1956) is an American record executive, record producer, A&R representative, and panelist. He is founder and current co-chairman of Hitco ...more
Barry Josephson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Barry Josephson (born April 2, 1956) is an American film producer and former music manager.
Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Paul Blair