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News - Jan 15, 2002


picture The most successful A&R’s in the world have been awarded by, the leading industry publication for new progressive artists and musicians. The Top 100 chart is based on all the available sales charts of the world in 2001, focusing on the ability to break new artists.

Clive Davis, A&R at J Records in USA, has been awarded No.1 in the world in 2001 by this community of rising popstars. Clive has proven to give priority and success to upcoming artists, by breaking Alicia Keys, Dido etc. worldwide. He is awarded as being the person with most power and updated knowledge to help innovative artists achieve their highest goals. He also spent 41 weeks on top of the weekly “World Top 20 A&R Chart”.

World Top 100 A&R Chart
A&R Chart by Country, Genre, Record Label, Area
Women Top 5

Within the Top 100, 9 out of the Top 10 are based in USA, and within the Top 50 only two are women. No.2 is Jeff Blue, A&R at Warner Brothers USA for Linkin Park, No.3 is Kevin Law, A&R at Universal USA for Nelly, No.4 is Teresa La Barbera Whites at Columbia Texas for Destiny’s Child and Jessica Simpson, and at No.5 is the best European, Miles Leonard, A&R at Parlophone UK for Gorillaz.

New York is the A&R-capital of the world. It hosts A&R offices that are credited for 37,7% of the success with new artists. California offices are credited for 26,1% and London offices 18,9%. The most successful label is J Records, No.2 is Columbia, No.3 Universal, No.4 Dreamworks and No.5 is Warner. As major and label-host, Universal scores big time and are credited for 41,1% for their various labels. This is more than No.2 BMG (19,7%) and No.3 Sony (19,0%) together.

The genre of the year is Pop with 37,6%. Rock has 21,0% and Hip Hop 15,3%. The No.1 Dance & Club A&R is Niclas Anker at Universal Denmark for signing Safri Duo. The No.1 independent A&R’s are Colin Lester & Ian McAndrew at Wildstar in the UK for signing Craig David.

The most successful A&R’s are approached daily by hundreds of wanting musicians in search for a record deal, but they do not generally accept unsolicited material. However, at there is a chance for new artists to get their songs presented directly to a panel of the most prominent A&R’s in the world. Many of them within the world’s Top 10.