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List of Famous Music Executives

Updated February 11, 2020 44.5k views139 items

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. {#nodes}
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  • Dr. Dre
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  • David Geffen
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  • R. Kelly
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  • Gerard Way
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  • Pete Wentz
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  • Rain
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  • Clive Davis
    Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is an American record producer, A&R executive, and music...  more
  • Heavy D
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  • Joseph Jackson
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  • Swizz Beatz

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  • Herb Alpert
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  • Smokey Robinson
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  • Kyla
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  • Shyne
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  • L.A. Reid
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