No matter what you may believe, no matter what e-mail you think we may or may not answer or tweet you think we should reply to, we are not as big as the people listed on Billboard’s 2014 Power List. We’re probably on their other other power list but that’s not why we’re here right now.

Why we are here? To highlight the most powerful people in the music industry and Billboard was kind enough to do the hard work and pull down the cream of the crop. Or in other words, the people you really need to get to in order to possibly succeed and survive in this industry.

The Carters, our own version of the royal family sit at #1 because of brand name, corporate deals, #serfbordt and a host of other reasons and everybody below them has to bow down — just a bit anyway. In terms of the hip-hop/rap class, Roc Nation co-founder Jay Brown comes in at No. 43, both Ronald “Slim” Williams & Bryan “Birdman” Williams clock positions at No. 50, Warner Bros. President of Creative Jon Platt at No. 51, L.A. Reid lands at No. 56 and Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg hits at No. 85. Other big names such as Lyor Cohen, Simon Cowell, Pepsi’s Frank Cooper and the usual suspects of Jimmy Iovine, Doug Morris & Lorne Michaels all make appearances. To see the full list, click here.

Billboard 2014 Power List Top 10:
01. Jay Z and Beyoncé, artists
02. Lucian Grainge, CEO and chairman, Universal Music Group
03. Coran Capshaw, founder and owner, Red Light Management
04. Michael Rapino, CEO, Live Nation Entertainment
05. Martin Bandier, chairman and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
06. Doug Morris, chairman and CEO, Sony Music Entertainment
07. Irving Azoff, chairman and CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment
08. Len Blavatnik, vice-chairman and owner, Warner Music Group
09. Rob Light, managing partner/head of music, Creative Artists Agency
10. Jimmy Iovine, chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M; co-founder and CEO, Beats Electronics