When Billboard magazine put together their annual “Power 100 List,” Hip Hop took a few prominent positions in the form of Jay-Z (listed with wife Beyonce) and “Birdman” (listed with co-founder/co-CEO Ronald “Slim” Williams). Jay-Z and Beyonce took the highest spot of any Hip Hop/R&B contributors by being listed together at the number 13 slot. And Brian and Ronald Williams weren’t far behind at the number 25 spot.
The Williams Brothers have been responsible for selling over 75 million records since signing a $30 million pressing and distribution deal with Universal back in 1998. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Drake, DJ Khaled and Nicki Minaj all record under either the Cash Money or YMCMB umbrella. The pair have also negotiated book deals and a YMCMB debit card all while eyeing a bigger haul.
“We dominate Rap, but we need to dominate R&B,” Birdman told Billboard. “We need to dominate Pop, Gospel, Country—we’re a brand so we should be able to put out all these types of music. We just got to keep grinding.”
Meanwhile, Jay-Z and Beyonce produced the youngest person to appear on the pop charts, as their daughter Blue Ivy Carter is listed as a performer on the Pharrell produced track, “Glory.” As an artist, Beyonce has moved over 29 million units both as a soloist and a member of Destiny’s Child. On the business side of things, Mrs. Carter has endorsement deals with L’Oreal, Target and her own House of Dereon imprint. And Jay-Z adds 12 number one albums 28 million albums sold and his own deals with Roc-a-wear, Roc Nation, HP and other companies.
The full Power 100 issue, which is on news stands now, also includes Lyor Cohen, Antonio L.A. Reid and others.