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Aside from indulging in its own ratchetness like a relapsing alcoholic at an open bar full of top shelf liquor, there’s a obvious reason Empire is drawing millions of viewers in each week.

The men of "Empire"

photo: WENN

You can see some pretty clear influences from actual players in the music industry. They’ve might be dressed up and knee-deep in soap opera style plotlines, but if you analyze these 10 music industry pros who inspired Empire characters, the Lyon family doesn’t seem so fictional.

Photo: WENN

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