Jimmy Iovine
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Jimmy Iovine
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Born (1953-03-11) March 11, 1953 (age 64)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Entrepreneur, record producer
Vicki Iovine (m. 1985; div. 2009)
Liberty Ross (m. 2016)
Children 4
Musical career
1973-present

James Iovine (; 'jovine; born March 11, 1953)[1] is a record producer best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records.[2] In 2006, Iovine teamed with Dr. Dre to found Beats Electronics (formerly known as Beats by Dr. Dre), a company which produces audio products and operated a now defunct music streaming service. The company was purchased by Apple Inc. for $3 billion in May 2014.[3]

Prior to the Apple acquisition of Beats in 2014, Iovine became chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, an umbrella unit merged together by the then-newly-reincarnated Universal Music Group in 1999.

Early life and training

James Iovine was born in Brooklyn, New York to an Italian-American[4][5] working-class family. His mother was a secretary and his father, Vincent "Jimmy" Iovine,[6] worked in the docks as a longshoreman. His father's passing and his love for Christmas inspired Jimmy to record A Very Special Christmas in 1985.[6][7] Iovine attended Catholic[5] school in Brooklyn and went onto attend New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice.[4] At 19 he was a college dropout when 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.[8] Since the start of his career, Iovine has been involved in the production of more than 250 albums.[1][9][10]

Career

Music and film engineering and production career

In the early 1970s, Iovine became a recording engineer, working with John Lennon[11] and Bruce Springsteen, among others. By 1973, Iovine was on staff at the New York studio the Record Plant,[12] 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 and Hum. Iovine also produced Bella Donna (the first solo album for Stevie Nicks), Making Movies for Dire Straits, and Get Close for The Pretenders.

Iovine served as sound engineer for the Voyager Golden Records, a pair of phonograph records which were launched aboard the Voyager space probes in 1977.[13]

Iovine was also responsible for supervising the music used in the 1984 romance film Sixteen Candles and the 1988 comedy film Scrooged.

In 1990, Iovine co-founded Interscope Records, which became Interscope Geffen A&M after a merger in 1999.[14]

Iovine signed Tupac Shakur to a recording contract as one of the first hip-hop acts on the Interscope label in 1991.

Iovine was also responsible for providing distribution, initial funding and financial oversight for the highly successful Death Row Records hip-hop label in the 1990s. Death Row operated as a subsidiary of his company Interscope, and was largely responsible for Interscope's initial platinum selling chart successes throughout the 1990s, which later launched the company into greater success in the 2000s with platinum artists like Eminem and Lady Gaga.

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 worldwide.[15] Additionally, Iovine executive produced the 2009 LeBron James documentary More than a Game[16][17] and 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin'.[18]

Business career

In 2008, Iovine teamed up with Dr. Dre to co-found Beats By Dr. Dre, 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.[19][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 frontman Trent Reznor were said to be involved.[21]

On May 28, 2014, Apple Inc. announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics. Iovine was hired to assume an undisclosed position at Apple[22] where he helped in the creation of Apple Music.[23]

Television career

In 2005, Iovine made a guest appearance as himself on "Don't Make Me Over", an episode of Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy.

From 2011 to 2013, Iovine was a mentor on Fox's American Idol.[24][25][26] Iovine's protégés--Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, and Candice Glover--release their music through Interscope.[27] Iovine stopped working with the show in mid-2013.[28]

Philanthropy

In May 2013, Iovine and Dr. Dre donated a $70 million endowment to the University of Southern California to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.[29] The goal of the Academy has been stated as "to shape the future by nurturing the talents, passions, leadership and risk-taking of uniquely qualified students who are motivated to explore and create new art forms, technologies, and business models".[30] The first class of the Academy began in September 2014 with 31 students.[31]

Honors and recognitions

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.[32]

On May 17, 2013, Iovine received an honorary Doctor of Music degree[33] from the University of Southern California and gave the 2013 USC commencement address.[34]

Personal life

While producing her album Bella Donna, Iovine entered a relationship with singer Stevie Nicks. The two split in 1982. Nicks wrote the song "Straight Back", included in the Fleetwood Mac album Mirage, about him.

Iovine was married 24 years to model and writer Vicki Iovine before divorcing; the couple have four children.[35] In 2014 he started dating Liberty Ross.[36] They got married in front of their Malibu beach house on Valentine's Day, 2016, with friends and family in attendance. Sean Combs remarked that the wedding was "the blackest wedding with a Rabbi [he had] ever seen!"[37]

Selected discography

Discography

Filmography

References

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  2. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (December 22, 2011). "Jimmy Iovine To Be Honored By Recording Academy". Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ Moore, Heidi (May 28, 2014). "Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats for $3bn as company returns to music industry". theguardian.com. 
  4. ^ a b "Jimmy Iovine: The Man With the Magic Ears". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "merchants of cool". Pbs.org. 27 February 2001. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-21. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Jimmy Iovine". Biography.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ Salamone, Gina (May 22, 2012). "Brooklyn-born 'American Idol' Mentor Preps Contestants For Finale". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ Hillburn, Robert and, Phillips, Chuck (October 24, 1993). "They Sure Figured Something Out". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013. 
  10. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Profile: Jimmy Iovine". About.com. Retrieved 2013. 
  11. ^ Hochman, Steve (October 28, 2001). "Jimmy Iovine Is Hot On The Trail Of The Dead". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Record Plant". The Record Plant. Archived from the original on 17 August 2012. Retrieved 2013. 
  13. ^ Ferris, Timothy (20 August 2017). "How the Voyager Golden Record Was Made". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ "Corporate Profile: Interscope Geffen A&M". Profile Engine. Retrieved 2013. 
  15. ^ "8 Mile Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013. 
  16. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "More Than A Game". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013. 
  17. ^ "Jimmy Iovine at IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2013. 
  18. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (November 8, 2005). "Has He Got Next?". Retrieved 2013. 
  19. ^ Sanborn, Josh (January 16, 2013). "How Dr. Dre Made $300 Headphones a Must-Have Accessory". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2013. 
  20. ^ Fricke, David (April 12, 2012). "The Man With The Magic Ears". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013. 
  21. ^ "Trent Reznor Named Creative Chief of Beats' Daisy Music Service". Rolling Stone. January 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  22. ^ "It's Official: Apple Buys Beats Electronics for $3 Billion". MacLife. Retrieved 2014. 
  23. ^ Parsons, Jeff (June 8, 2015). "WWDC 2015: Apple Music from Beats is Tim Cook and Jimmy Iovine's 'one more thing...'". The Mirror. Retrieved 2015. 
  24. ^ McKinley, Jr., James C. "Straight Shots on Idol, At Last, Courtesy of Jimmy Iovine". New York Times. Retrieved 2013. 
  25. ^ "Episode Guide, American Idol". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013. 
  26. ^ Ribeiro Truman, Gabriela (May 25, 2012). "Jimmy Iovine: From Music Icon To Mentor". Morton Report. Retrieved 2013. 
  27. ^ Mansfield, Brian (November 19, 2012). "Phillip Phillips Looks Beyond Home With Debut Album". USA Today. Retrieved 2013. 
  28. ^ Jimmy Iovine Out Of 'American Idol', Randy Jackson Poised To Replace Him As Mentor Deadline, Retrieved August 23, 2013
  29. ^ Wortham, Jenna (14 May 2013). "Two Musical Minds Seek a Different Kind of Mogul". The New York Times. 
  30. ^ Lacovara, Dan (15 May 2013). "Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre give $70 million to create new academy at USC". University Of Southern California. 
  31. ^ "Current Students". University of Southern California. 
  32. ^ "Jimmy Iovine To Be Honored". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 2013. 
  33. ^ "Past Recipients · Honorary Degrees". University of Southern California. Retrieved 2014. 
  34. ^ "2013 Commencement Speaker". University of Southern California. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  35. ^ Iovine, Vicki (May 8, 2009). "Divorce Is Trite, But Everyone's Is Special". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on June 29, 2015. Retrieved 2009. 
  36. ^ De Bertadano, Helena. "Liberty at last: Liberty Ross on moving on and falling in love again after THAT affair". standard.co.uk/. London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2014. 
  37. ^ "The Defiant Ones". HBO. Retrieved 2017. 

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