Jimmy Iovine

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Jimmy Iovine
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Background information
Born (1953-03-11) March 11, 1953 (age 61)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupations Co-founder, Interscope, and chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M, co-founder Beats By Dr. Dre, Record Producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer
Years active 1973–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, Beats Music, 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. He began working as a studio professional around 1972.[4] Since the start of his career, Iovine has been involved in the production of more than 250 albums.[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 New York studio the Record Plant,[9] where he worked on Springsteen's Born to Run and Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell albums. He came to prominence via his work on the 1978 Patti Smith album Easter, which included her Top 40 hit, "Because the Night". He 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 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]

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 million dollars worldwide.[11] Additionally, Iovine executive produced the 2009 LeBron James documentary, More Than A Game[12][13] and 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin'.[14]

In 2006, Iovine teamed up with Dr. Dre to co-found Beats By Dre,[15] a headphones brand. Due in part to the design of its headphones and an expansion into smartphones and automotive audio systems, the company has captured 40 percent market share of the headphones industry.[16][17]

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 were said to be involved.[18]

From 2011 to 2013 Iovine was a mentor on Fox's American Idol.[19][20][21] Iovine's protégés—Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, and Candice Glover—release their music through Interscope.[22] Iovine stopped working with the show in mid-2013.[23]

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.[24]

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

Selected discography[edit]

Artist Album
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen The River
Bruce Springsteen Darkness On the Edge of Town
Dire Straits Making Movies
Gwen Stefani Love.Angel.Music.Baby
Graham Parker and the Rumour The Up Escalator
John Lennon Menlove Ave
Kansas The Classic Albums Collection: 1974–1983
Lady Gaga Born This Way, The Collection
Meat Loaf Bat Out Of Hell
Patti Smith Easter
Pretenders Get Close
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna
Tom Petty Damn The Torpedoes
U2 Under A Blood Red Sky
U2 Rattle and Hum



In popular culture[edit]

  • Macklemore's track titled "Jimmy Iovine" is intensely critical of Iovine's business practices, but Macklemore has said that the song is totally fictional and he never met Jimmy Iovine.
  • Die Antwoord references Jimmy of Interscope Records multiple times particularly on Ten$Ion album track Uncle Jimmy (Skit).
  • Lyric in Bruce Springsteen's "Ain't Good Enough for You": "And babe I tried to make the latest scene; Hitting cool just like Jimmy Iovine"[25]
  • Chief Keef references Jimmy Iovine in his track titled "Kobe"
  • The Game references Jimmy on City of Angels, "I still owe Jimmy one more album, best the west has ever seen, no disrespect to Calvin."
  • Machine Gun Kelly (rapper) references Jimmy in his track "Home Soon".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (December 22, 2011). "Jimmy Iovine To Be Honored By Recording Academy". Hollywood Reporter. 
  2. ^ Sisario, Ben (January 14, 2014). "Algorithm for Your Personal Rhythm Beats Music Enters Online Streaming Market". New York Times. 
  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. ^ "8 Mile Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "More Than A Game". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jimmy Iovine at IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (November 8, 2005). "Has He Got Next?". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Rolling Stone". November 23, 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  16. ^ Sanborn, Josh (January 16, 2013). "How Dr. Dre Mad $300 Headphones a Must-Have Essential". Time Magazine. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Fricke, David (April 12, 2012). "The Man With The Magic Ears". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Trent Reznor Named Creative Chief of Beats' Daisy Music Service". Rolling Stone. January 12, 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  19. ^ McKinley, Jr., James C. "Straight Shots on Idol, At Last, Courtesy of Jimmy Iovine". New York Times. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Episode Guide, American Idol". TV Guide. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  21. ^ Ribeiro Truman, Gabriela (May 25, 2012). "Jimmy Iovine: From Music Icon To Mentor". Morton Report. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  22. ^ Mansfield, Brian (November 19, 2012). "Phillip Phillips Looks Beyond Home With Debut Album". USA Today. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  23. ^ Jimmy Iovine Out Of ‘American Idol’, Randy Jackson Poised To Replace Him As Mentor Deadline, Retrieved August 23, 2013
  24. ^ "Jimmy Iovine To Be Honored". The Recording Academay. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  25. ^ Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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