Variety’s 2018 Hitmakers Revealed

We’d call the industry heavy hitters that Variety has included on our list of 2018’s biggest records “behind-the-scenes” players … except, does that term even apply anymore? In an era in which the producer is decidedly king, most fans have probably at least heard of a Benny Blanco, and plenty pay close enough attention to know that Frank Dukes is a point of commonality between the Camila Cabello and Post Malone tunes they love. Executives working in A&R, publishing and promotion may never be at such risk of becoming household names — unless, of course, you’re a Variety-reading household, in which all these movers and shakers are fair game for fame. The industry is closing in on $9 billion in annual recorded music revenue in the U.S., and with this second annual list of Hitmakers, we salute those who contributed in no small part to the biz’s rebound, and certainly to the soundtrack of the last year.

See the full list of Hitmakers below and head over to the gallery to read individual capsules.

CategoryHitmakerArtistSong
SongwriterSarah AaronsZedd, Grey & Maren Morris“The Middle”
Producer-SongwriterAlex Da Kid Imagine Dragons“Thunder”
Producer-SongwriterLouis BellCamila Cabello

Post Malone

“Havana”
“Never Be the Same”
“Better Now” “Psycho”
“Rockstar”
Producer-SongwriterBenny BlancoEd Sheeran“Perfect”
ProducerBlaqNmildDrake“Nice for What”
“In My Feelings”
Producer-SongwriterBoi-1daDrake“God’s Plan”
SongwriterBlake Anthony “Shy” CarterKane Brown“Heaven”
Producer-SongwriterDavid GarciaBebe Rexha f. Florida Georgia Line“Meant To Be”
Producer-SongwriterFrank DukesCamila Cabello“Havana”
“Never Be the Same”
ProducerJ KashMaroon 5 f. Cardi B.“Girls Like You”
ProducerJ White Cardi B, J Balvin & Bad Bunny“I Like It”
Producer-SongwriterJohn CunninghamXXXTentacion“Sad!”
SongwriterPardison Fontaine Cardi B“I Like It”
Producer-SongwriterTay KeithBlocboy JB f. Drake
Drake
Travis Scott
“Look Alive”
“Nonstop”
“Sicko Mode”
SongwriterMatt McGinnKane Brown“Heaven”
Producers-SongwritersThe Monsters & StrangerzZedd, Grey & Maren Morris“The Middle”
Producer-SongwriterMurda BeatzDrake
6ix9ine f. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz
“Nice for What”
“FEFE”
Producers-SongwritersOG Parker and DekoMigos f. Drake“Walk It Talk It”
Producer-SongwriterNoah “40” ShebibDrake“God’s Plan”
“In My Feelings”
“Nice for What”
SongwriterStarrahMaroon 5“Girls Like You”
Producer-SongwriterPharrell WilliamsCamila Cabello
Migos
“Havana”
“Stir Fry”
A&RJoey Arbagey, Epic Records Camila Cabello“Havana”
“Never Be the Same”
A&RTyler Arnold, RepublicPost Malone“I Fall Apart,” “Rockstar,” “Psycho” and “Better Now”
A&RTunji Balogun, RCA RecordsKhalid & Normani“Love Lies”
A&RBrooklyn Johnny & Darrale Jones, Atlantic RecordsCardi B“I Like It”
“Bartier Cardi”
A&RJim Catino, RCA NashvilleKane Brown“Heaven”
A&RTizita Makuria, Artist Partner GroupBazzi“Mine”
A&RJean Nelson G-Eazy
Rich the Kid
“No Limit”
“Plug Walk”
A&RSickamore, InterscopeTravis Scott“Sicko Mode”
A&RManny Smith, Interscope Rich the Kid“Plug Walk”
A&RMr. Morgan, OVO Sound/Warner Bros.BlocBoy JB f. Drake“Look Alive”
A&RRob Stevenson, RepublicPost Malone“I Fall Apart”
LabelMike Caren, Artist Partner GroupBazzi“Mine”
LabelEthiopia Habtemariam, MotownMigos“Walk It Talk It”
“Stir Fry”
LabelJimmy Harnen, Big Machine Label GroupBebe Rexha f. Florida Georgia Line“Meant To Be”
LabelCraig Kallman, Atlantic RecordsCardi B“I Like It”
LabelMichael Kyser, Atlantic RecordsCardi B“I Like It”
“Bartier Cardi”
LabelBrad O’Donnell, Capitol Christian Music GroupNF“Let You Down”
LabelDennis Reese, RCA NashvilleKane Brown“Heaven”
LabelJoe Riccitelli, RCA RecordsKhalid & Normani“Love Lies”
LabelJim Roppo, RepublicPost Malone

Drake

“I Fall Apart”
“Better Now”
“Psycho”
“Rockstar”
“God’s Plan”
“Nice for What”
“In My Feelings”
“Nonstop””
LabelJacqueline Saturn, Caroline RecordsNF
6ix9ine
XXXTentacion
“Let You Down”
“FEFE”
“Sad!”
ManagementSeth England, Big Loud ManagementBebe Rexha f. Florida Georgia Line“Meant To Be”
ManagementRoger Gold, Gold Music ManagementCamila Cabello“Havana”
“Never Be the Same”
ManagementKevin “Coach K” Lee + Pierre “Pee” Thomas, Quality ControlMigos“Walk It Talk It”
“Stir Fry”
ManagementLil Bibby, Grade A ProductionsJuice WRLD“Lucid Dreams”
ManagementDre London, London Entertainment Post Malone“Lucid Dreams”
ManagementAdam Mersel, First Access EntertainmentBebe Rexha f. Florida Georgia Line“Meant To Be”
ManagementDave ReneZedd, Grey & Maren Morris“The Middle”
ManagementSolomon SobandeXXXTentacion“Sad!”
ManagementCourtney Stewart, Keep Cool RecordsKhalid & Normani“Love Lies”
ManagementDavid StrombergTravis Scott“Sicko Mode”
PromotionAndrea Ganis and Deborah Urbont, AtlanticEd Sheeran“Perfect”
PromotionMarni Halpern, Caroline/CMGNF“Let You Down”
PromotionJuliette Jones, AtlanticCardi B“Bartier Cardi”
PromotionLarry Khan, InterscopeRich the Kid“Plug Walk”
PromotionLee L’Heureux, Warner Bros.Blocboy JB f. Drake“Look Alive”
PromotionGreg Marella, Bill Evans and Dixie Tipton, CapitolMigos

6ix9ine

“Walk It Talk It”
“Stir Fry”
“FEFE”
PromotionJohn McMann, AtlanticBazzi“Mine”
PromotionBrenda Romano, InterscopeImagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Zedd, Grey & Maren Morris
“Thunder”
“Girls Like You”
“The Middle”
PromotionRick Sackheim, Sandra Afloarei & Charlie Foster, EpicCamila Cabello“Havana”
“Never Be the Same
PromotionRick Sackheim, Traci Adams & Dontay Thompson, EpicTravis Scott“Sicko Mode”
PromotionSam Selolwane, RCA RecordsG-Eazy“No Limit”
PromotionGary Spangler, David ‘Davey Dee’ Ingenloff & Mike Horton, Republic RecordsPost Malone

Drake

“I Fall Apart,”
“Better Now,” “Psycho”
“Rockstar”
“God’s Plan”
“Nice for What”
“In My Feelings” “Nonstop”
PublishingShani Gonzales, BMGBebe Rexha f. Florida Georgia Line“Meant to Be”
PublishingAmanda Hill, Sony/ATV Zedd, Grey & Maren Morris“The Middle”
PublishingShawn Holiday, Sony/ATVMaroon 5
Travis Scott
“Girls Like You”
“Sicko Mode”
PublishingSam Taylor, KobaltDrake“Nice for What”
“In My Feelings””
PublishingKaty Wolaver, Warner/Chappell
Camila Cabello“Never Be the Same”
MixingManny Marroquin
Post Malone“Better Now,” “Pyscho,” “Rockstar” and “I Fall Apart””
MixingTony Maserati
Ed Sheeran & Beyonce“Perfect Duet”

 

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