Guardian releases list of the 100 most influential people in the music industry
They influence the song you wake up to and the tune you whistle as you walk to work – you may not necessarily know their names but they are the among the most important music trendsetters in the country.
Today the Guardian reveals its Music Power 100 list: the most influential people creating, promoting, managing and making money from music.
Topping the list is Team Adele, an astonishing achievement for the 23-year-old singer and the crack squad behind her. Adele, the girl from London with a big voice, has rewritten the music rule book this year with the stratospheric success of her second album, 21. It has topped the US album charts seven times and has spent 15 of the last 17 weeks at number one in the UK. In an industry that increasingly struggles to sell its physical product, Adele has managed to shift no fewer than 6m copies for independent record label XL.
Label founder Richard Russell said Adele was a "special artist" who had conquered the world with talent alone. "The whole message with her is, it's just music. There's no gimmicks, there's no selling of sexuality," he said.
The choice of Team Adele – which includes manager Jonathan Dickins, publisher Paul Connolly and radio plugger Brad Hunner – to head the chart was unanimous, said Cerne Canning, part of the list's voting panel, which included experts from the music industry.
"Adele is the most powerful force in music at the moment," he said. "It is very refreshing to see something so successful done in such a sensitive way."