Every year, Forbes releases a list of 30 people under the age of 30 that have made significant business impact on the music industry. Past lists have featured the likes of A$AP Rocky, Drake, and Nicki Minaj, setting the bar high for the futures of whoever makes the list. This year’s group featured more managers and creative directors than usual, but nevertheless featured the likes of Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez, Lil Yachty, and Desiigner. Other notables include G-Eazy, Troye Sivan, Jeremih, Logic, Alessia Cara, and Gallant. The Weeknd’s creative director, La Mar Taylor made it, along with Chance the Rapper’s manager, Patrick Corcoran. You can check out the full list here.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 Music had under a 4% acceptance rate, making it more competitive than getting into Harvard or Stanford. The list was assembled by top reporters from Forbes along with “all star” judges Jason Derulo, Halsey, and QueensBridge Venture Partners founder, Anthony Saleh.
An interesting addition to this year’s list is Korean Kpop superstar group Big Bang. The group has been together for over 10 years, and currently stands as Asia’s all-time best selling artist. Big Bang’s current valuation sits around $40 million, significantly higher than any other artist or manager on the list, yet only made the list this year. Whether this is the result of a lack of influence within the United States, the superstar group certainly stands as an outlier in terms of success compared to the rest of the 30 under 30 list.
Nevertheless, the Forbes 30 Under 30 Music presents a look at those we expect to have significant impact on the business side of the music industry in years to come. With several artists on the list expected to drop albums in 2017, only time will tell who becomes the next big thing after the likes of Drake and Kanye West.