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Lucian Grainge

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Music Producer

The Resume

    (February 29, 1960- )
    Born in North London, United Kingdom
    Middle name is Charles
    Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group
    Signed Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Drake

Why he might be annoying:

    He has been critical of streaming services on several occasions.
    He once turned the lights off for a whole meeting with his executive team, with the warning: ‘That’s what it looks like when you don’t have any hit records.’
    He was seen smiling in a selfie with Lyor Cohen and a MAGA hat-wearing Kanye West (April 25, 2018).
    He later had a falling out with Kanye after the pop star demanded he be let out of his Universal contract, tweeting: ‘[I] was told to speak with Lucian Grange . . . I said I don’t speak with non-billionaire employees.’
    He was accused of not being transparent about the extent of damage caused by the 2008 Universal Studios fire, which is speculated to have destroyed over 500,000 master recordings from artists, leading to a class-action lawsuit against Universal a decade later (the case was dismissed in 2020).

Why he might not be annoying:

    He has been praised for prioritizing artists’ creative freedom over making money.
    He manages to evade typical ‘culture vulture’ appropriation accusations.
    His first wife slipped into a coma while giving birth to their son and passed away 14 years later.
    He was Knighted by the Queen Elizabeth in 2006 for services to British business and inward investment.
    Billboard magazine named him the most powerful person in the music business four times in the 2010s, and the first-ever Executive of the Decade.
    He was awarded the President's Merit Award (‘Icon Award’) Grammy in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry.
    He led the 2017 multi-year global license agreement between UMG and Spotify.
    He was one of the earliest celebrities to be hospitalized with Coronavirus at the start of the pandemic in 2020.

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Year In Review:

    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying