Why: It’s been a milestone year for Bhushan Kumar, chairman and managing director of T-Series. The music label’s YouTube channel became the first in the world to hit a 100 million subscribers, edging out Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie. The 36-year-old company has ruled the music business through the era of cassettes and CDs, and now their disruptions in the digital space show the label is only going to grow from strength to strength. T-Series makes music in almost every regional language but Bollywood has always been its mainstay. Kumar is often criticised for churning out too many remixes, but you can’t deny that he’s on to something. The remix of the song ‘Aankh Marey’ from 2018’s Simmba is currently sitting at over a billion views across YouTube. Beat that!
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