Elvis 44 On Music's Most Powerful List

U2 singer Bono is rated as the most powerful man in music and not just because of his soaring vocals, according to a poll of top music industry executives. Irishman Bono tops the list, to be published in British music magazine "Q" next week, because of his high-profile pronouncements on political issues ranging from Third World debt to the enlargement of the European Union. Runner-up in the poll was Doug Morris, 64, head of the world's largest record company Universal. Third was controversial rapper Eminem -- seen as influential for his challenging song lyrics -- while at number 4 is L Lowry Mays the founder of U.S. entertainment giant Clear Channel. Also in the top 10 are the late Kurt Cobain (who was seen to have taken underground rock into the mainstream) Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and Simon Fuller -- creator of the Spice Girls. Elvis Presley, whose songs are still topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic 25 years after he died, was ranked at 44, one behind the Gallagher brothers of Oasis fame.
Updated: Oct 3, 2002 
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