Lana Del Rey, "Ultraviolence"
The edgy chanteuse recovered from a cringe-inducing "SNL" performance and an avalanche of too-early hype. Cedric Gervais' dance remix of "Summertime Sadness" became an unexpected hit, and fans' sense of discovery around it helped win back skeptics for Del Rey's No. 1-selling follow-up, "Ultraviolence."
Kendrick Lamar, "good kid, m.A.A.d. city"
Interscope has long been revered for its hip-hop prowess (Eminem, Dr. Dre). While Janick's background was in rock and pop, he saw the local energy around Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment as a...