advertisement
Latest News

Canadian Record Label Executives Featured on Billboard's 2024 International Power Players List

Kristen Burke of Warner Music Canada and multiple execs at Universal Music Canada are named amongst the music industry figures making a big international impact.

Karan Aujla at the 2024 Juno Awards in Halifax

Warner Music Canada artist Karan Aujla at the 2024 Juno Awards in Halifax. Billboard's International Power Players list features Warner Music Canada President Kristen Burke.

CARAS/James Bennett

Billboard's first Power Players in Canada is coming this June, but some of Canada's influential music industry executives are already getting recognized for their international impact.

Kristen Burke of Warner Music Canada and three executives of Universal Music Canada are named as Billboard International Power Players. Revealed today, April 29, the list highlights executives with primary responsibility for non-U.S. markets who are making their mark on the industry.


Kristen Burke, President of Warner Music Canada, has helmed the major label's move into downtown Toronto, and fostered partnerships like 91 North Records, a collaboration with Warner Music India that's helping to grow the Punjabi Wave in Canada. Warner Music Canada artist Karan Aujla, who picked up a Juno in March and will head out on his first Canadian tour this summer, is at the forefront of that movement.

advertisement

Jeffrey Remedios, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Canada, is joined on the list by UMC Executive VP Julie Adam and Senior VP of Marketing JP Boucher. Universal has had recent success in the Canadian market with American stars like Morgan Wallen and Canadian mainstays like The Weeknd — who had two songs amongst 2023's 10 biggest hits outside the U.S. — as well as fostering rising Canadian talent like Josh Ross and Preston Pablo.

Other executives featured on the list include Jiwon Park, CEO of HYBE, which last year became the first South Korean entertainment to generate 2 billion won in revenue; Catrin Drabble, CFO of Kobalt, who works with major recent success stories like Colombian singer Karol G and UK breakouts The Last Dinner Party; and Canadian Merck Mercuriadis, founder of Hipgnosis Song Management, which is currently the subject of a bidding war for acquisition.

The International Power Players list arrives ahead of Billboard Canada's inaugural Power Players celebration, which will highlight industry members advancing the Canadian music landscape. The event is set to take place on June 2, 2024.

advertisement

See the full list of International Power Players here.

advertisement
Kelly Rowland at the "Le Comte De Monte-Cristo" Red Carpet at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2024 in Cannes, France.
Michael Buckner

Kelly Rowland at the "Le Comte De Monte-Cristo" Red Carpet at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2024 in Cannes, France.

Music News

Kelly Rowland Speaks Out After Scuffle With Cannes Red Carpet Security Goes Viral: ‘I Stood My Ground’

"I have a boundary, and I stand by those boundaries," says the star.

Kelly Rowland is speaking out.

Two days after appearing to get into a heated argument with a female security guard on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, the Destiny’s Child alum opened up to the Associated Press on Thursday (May 23) about the viral video.

This article was originally published by Billboard U.S.

keep readingShow less
advertisement