Jimmy Iovine

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Jimmy Iovine
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Background information
Born(1953-03-11) March 11, 1953 (age 60)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationsCo-founder, Interscope, and chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M, co-founder Beats By Dr. Dre, Record Producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer
Years active1973–present
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Jimmy Iovine
JimmyIovineMaryJBligeJan10 Cropped.jpg
Background information
Born(1953-03-11) March 11, 1953 (age 60)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationsCo-founder, Interscope, and chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M, co-founder Beats By Dr. Dre, Record Producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer
Years active1973–present

James "Jimmy" Iovine (/ˈ.əvn/; Italian pronunciation: [ˈjovine]; born March 11, 1953) is an American music producer and entrepreneur, the co-founder of Interscope Records and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M.[1] Iovine is currently developing a digital music subscription service, Daisy, in conjunction with Beats By Dr. Dre, the company he founded with Dr. Dre in 2006.[2] He recently served as a mentor on American Idol.


Iovine was born in Brooklyn, the son of James Iovine, Sr., a longshoreman.[3] As a teenager, he was introduced to music production after he met a songwriter who got him a job cleaning a recording studio, and began working as a studio professional in 1972.[4] Since the start of his career, Iovine has been involved in the production of more than 250 albums and is considered one of the music industry's most accomplished producers.[5][6][7]

In the early 1970s, Iovine became a recording engineer, working with John Lennon[8] and Bruce Springsteen, among others. By 1973, Iovine was on staff at the renowned New York studio the Record Plant,[9] where he worked on seminal albums such as Springsteen's Born to Run and Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell. He came to prominence via his work on the 1978 Patti Smith album Easter, which included her Top 40 hit, "Because the Night", and teamed with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Damn the Torpedoes and U2 on Rattle & Hum. Iovine also produced Bella Donna, the first solo album for Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, Making Movies for Dire Straits, and Get Close for The Pretenders, in addition to many others.

In 1990, Iovine co-founded Interscope Records, which became Interscope Geffen A&M after a merger in 1999.[10] Interscope Geffen A&M, which is now part of Universal Music Group, has been described as "shining like a supernova in the musical universe.".[11] The label is regarded as a major force in global music, developing chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres including rock, rap, pop and alternative.[12] Under Iovine's auspices, Interscope Geffen A&M have released albums by many of the most popular and acclaimed artists in the world, including Dr. Dre, Nine Inch Nails, U2, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Marilyn Manson, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Lady Gaga.[13]

In 2002, Iovine co-produced the Academy Award-winning Eminem movie, 8 Mile, which opened at #1 at the box office and went on to gross more than $240,000,000 worldwide.[14] Additionally, Iovine executive produced the "knockout" 2009 LeBron James documentary, More Than A Game[15][16] and 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin.'[17]

In 2006, Iovine teamed up with Dr. Dre to co-found Beats By Dre,[18] high-performance headphones. Due in part to the design of its headphones and an expansion into smartphones and automotive audio systems, the company has become the industry leader, capturing 40 percent market share of the entire billion-dollar headphones industry.[19] Despite the company's tremendous success, Iovine stated that “Beats is just us knowing sound and what a good product is." [20]

In January 2013, Iovine announced the expansion of the Beats brand into the online digital music world with Daisy, a new service slated to launch in late 2013. Former Topspin Media executive Ian Rogers and Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor will work alongside Iovine.[21]

From 2011-2013 he was a mentor on Fox's American Idol.[22][23][24] Iovine's standout performers, including Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, and Candice Glover now release their music through Interscope.[25] In August 2013, it was confirmed that Iovine would not return to the show for its thirteenth season.[26]

In 2011, Iovine was honored by The Producers & Engineers Wing of the Grammy Awards. "This year we pay tribute to an industry leader, Jimmy Iovine, who has made an indelible impact as a recording engineer, producer, founder of Interscope Records, and now, entrepreneur focused on audio quality," Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the governing body of the Grammy Awards, said in presenting the award.[27]

On May 17, 2013, Iovine received an honorary PhD from the University of Southern California and gave the 2013 USC commencement address.

Selected discography[edit]

Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run
Bruce SpringsteenTunnel of Love
Bruce SpringsteenThe River
Bruce SpringsteenDarkness On the Edge of Town
Dire StraitsMaking Movies
Gwen StefaniLove.Angel.Music.Baby
Graham Parker and the RumourThe Up Escalator
John LennonMenlove Ave
KansasThe Classic Albums Collection: 1974–1983
Lady GagaBorn This Way, The Collection
Meat LoafBat Out Of Hell
Patti SmithEaster
PretendersGet Close
Stevie NicksBella Donna
Tom PettyDamn The Torpedoes
U2Under A Blood Red Sky
U2Rattle and Hum



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  1. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (December 22, 2011). "Jimmy Iovine To Be Honored By Recording Academy". Hollywood Reporter. 
  2. ^ True, James (January 10, 2013). "Beats Electronics Announces Daisy Music Service". Engadget. 
  3. ^ "Merchants of Cool". Frontline (PBS). 2001. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Salamone, Gina (May 22, 2012). "Brooklyn-born 'American Idol' Mentor Preps Contestants For Finale". New York Daily News. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Hillburn, Robert and, Phillips, Chuck (October 24, 1993). "They Sure Figured Something Out". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Profile: Jimmy Iovine". About.com. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jimmy Iovine at All Music". All Music Guide. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Hochman, Steve (October 28, 2001). "Jimmy Iovine Is Hot On The Trail Of The Dead". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Record Plant". The Record Plant. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Corporate Profile: Interscope Geffen A&M". Profile Engine. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Corporate Profile: Interscope Geffen A&M". Hoover's. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "NME Overview". NME. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Artist Roster". Interscope Records. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "8 Mile Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  15. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "More Than A Game". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Jimmy Iovine at IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (November 8, 2005). "Has He Got Next?". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Rolling Stone". November 23, 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Sanborn, Josh (January 16, 2013). "How Dr. Dre Mad $300 Headphones a Must-Have Essential". Time Magazine. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  20. ^ Fricke, David (April 12, 2012). "The Man With The Magic Ears". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Trent Reznor Named Creative Chief of Beats' Daisy Music Service". Rolling Stone. January 12, 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  22. ^ McKinley, Jr., James C. "Straight Shots on Idol, At Last, Courtesy of Jimmy Iovine". New York Times. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Episode Guide, American Idol". TV Guide. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  24. ^ Ribiero Truman, Gabriela (May 25, 2012). "Jimmy Iovine: From Music Icon To Mentor". Morton Report. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  25. ^ Mansfield, Brian (November 19, 2012). "Phillip Phillips Looks Beyond Home With Debut Album". USA Today. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  26. ^ Jimmy Iovine Out Of ‘American Idol’, Randy Jackson Poised To Replace Him As Mentor Deadline, Retrieved August 23, 2013
  27. ^ "Jimmy Iovine To Be Honored". The Recording Academay. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  28. ^ Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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