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Adele tops Forbes’ 30 Under 30 musical influencers list

By | Published on Thursday 20 December 2012


Forbes has compiled its annual lists of people younger than 30 years old who are influential in various fields. The list of the 30 most influential people under 30 years old in music is, perhaps unsurprisingly, topped by Adele. Avicii is in second place, ahead of Justin Bieber in third.

It’s also interesting to note that, apparently, Marcus Mumford on his own is more influential that all of One Direction put together. The list is mainly dominated by artists, but there are some business types in there too, led by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek at number six and Matt Jones of Crowdsurge at ten. While Sam Tarantino and Josh Greenberg of Grooveshark are at 28 – well, they’ve certainly done their bit keeping the music industry’s lawyers nice and busy this year.

The full list is as follows:

1. Adele
2. Avicii
3. Justin Beiber
4. Benny Bianco
5. Drake
6. Daniel Ek – Spotify
7. Lady Gaga
8. Skylar Grey
9. Calvin Harris
10. Matt Jones – Crowdsurge
11. Ke$ha
12. Wiz Khalifa
13. Adam Kluger – Adam Kluger PR
14. Kendrick Lamar
15. Mahbod Moghadam, Ilan Zechory, Tom Lehman – Rap Genius
16. Bruno Mars
17. Mac Miller
18. Marcus Mumford
19. Frank Ocean
20. One Direction
21. Katy Perry
22. Delta Rae
23. Rihanna
24. Elias Roman, Peter Asbill, Elliott Breece, Eric Davich – Songza
25. James Sider – BandPage
26. Skrillex
27. Taylor Swift
28. Sam Tarantino and Josh Greenberg – Grooveshark
29. Alex White – Next Big Sound
30. Sara Winter – Messina Group/AEG Live