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Bono’s music most powerful

London, Oct. 3 (Reuters): U2 front man 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. The 42-year-old singer, real name Paul Hewson, has used his fame to gain access to the world’s political leaders and has even met the Pope.

Earlier this year Time magazine’s cover had the banner headline: “Can Bono Save the World'”

The singer, usually seen with his trademark wraparound blue sunglasses, not only makes a success of lobbying politicians but his band continues to enjoy worldwide hits 25-years after it was formed. 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 four is L Lowry Mays the founder of US entertainment giant Clear Channel.

Also in the top ten are the late Kurt Cobain who was seen to have taken underground rock into the mainstream, Sir Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono and Simon Fuller — creator of the Spice Girls. At number 11 is Dr Dre, well ahead of Robbie Williams at 24.

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