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The Evening Standard Likes Rob

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — London's "quality" newspaper, the Evening Standard has rolled out its annual "London's 1000 most influential people of 2007" list.

The top five entries in the music industry are:

Lucien Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group International. The Standard had raves for the recent Universal pickups of Sanctuary and V2 holdings and waxed rapturous about the label's talent, including Amy Winehouse, Razorlight and Snow Patrol.

Composer and conductor Thomas Ades claims the number two spot. The artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival has won noteriety for, among other things, his opera on oral sex and chagrined duchesses entitled "Powder her Face."

Sir Simon Rattle, another conductor makes the list at number three and the director of the Berlin Philharmonic (Isn't this supposed to be London?) A networkorker and maestro, Rattle's influence is felt far and wide.

AEG's very own Rob Hallett storms the lofty ramparts of this list, arriving in the #4 spot. Hallett got the nod for bringing some of the biggest names in music, including Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake, Prince & Bon Jovi to AEG's newly-refurbed O2 Dome in London.

With Vladimir Jurowski at #5, one might almost think that the editors at the Evening Standard have a bias towards classical music as Vlad is the Artistic director credited with reviving the London Philharmonic along with being the scion of Marek Jurowski. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers