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Revealed: Billboard’s 2021 International Power Players

Chris Cannon
Head of international strategy, Secretly Distribution
Irene Lydon
Head of project management, Secretly Distribution

London-based Cannon and Lydon are key players abroad for Secretly Distribution, a division of Secretly Group, one of the largest independent label companies, and home to artists such as Bon Iver, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Whitney, Jamila Woods and Phoebe Bridgers. Cannon launched a neighboring rights division for the distribution company, while Lydon built and manages INTL Project Management, which works with over 75 independent label and artist clients.

Priya Dewan
VP South Korea and Southeast Asia, The Orchard
Laura Tesoriero
VP Latin America, The Orchard
Albert Torres
VP Latin, The Orchard

For The Orchard, the digital distributor for independent artists and labels in 45 territories, these three colleagues have responsibility for some of the world’s fastest-growing markets. Based in Singapore, Dewan oversees Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Korea. She has worked with The Orchard’s Asian catalog, which includes artists like ITZY, GOT7, Kiana Valenciano, Inigo Pascal, DPR Live — and BTS, from early in its career. When The Orchard acquired Argentina label EPSA Music, the deal also brought into the fold Tesoriero, now vp Latin America. In Spain and Mexico, Torres and his team have grown The Orchard’s digital and overall market share to double digits, according to the company.

Arthur Fitzgibbon
Managing director, Brazil, ONErpm

With livestreams driving consumption, digital music distributor ONErpm reports over 70 sales certification awards for its artists in Brazil in 2020 under Fitzgibbon’s leadership. A former artist, producer and manager, Fitzgibbon invested in adding staff — and personally called members of his team to check on them during the pandemic. “It has been an unbelievable and a challenging year full of livestream performances and awards,” he says. “Our years of commitment resulted in a solid strategy for thousands of artists that we love.”

Andreea Gleeson
Co-head/chief revenue officer, TuneCore

Gleeson has made international expansion a priority for TuneCore during the past year. Previously operating in eight countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany and Italy), the digital distributor is now in 43 countries, including Russia, South Africa and markets in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Through a partnership with the artificial intelligence-driven translation service Unbabel, TuneCore now offers artist support in 29 languages. The company reports partnerships with over 150 digital streaming and online store partners, and independent artists on the platform can be heard in more than 200 countries.