25 Facts About Jimmy Iovine


James Iovine is an American entrepreneur, record executive, and media proprietor best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records.


Jimmy Iovine has been involved in the production of more than 250 albums.


Jimmy Iovine was purchased by Apple Inc for $3 billion in May 2014.


James Jimmy Iovine was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an Italian working-class family.


Jimmy Iovine's mother was a secretary and his father, Vincent "Jimmy" Iovine, worked on the docks as a longshoreman.


Jimmy Iovine attended Catholic school in Brooklyn, graduating from the since-closed Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School and went on to attend New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Jimmy Iovine was introduced to music production after he met a songwriter who got him a job cleaning a recording studio, and he soon began working as an engineer.


Jimmy Iovine came to prominence via his work on the 1978 Patti Smith album Easter, which included her Top 40 hit "Because the Night".


Jimmy Iovine teamed with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Damn the Torpedoes and U2 on Rattle and Hum.


Jimmy Iovine produced Bella Donna, Making Movies for Dire Straits, and Get Close for The Pretenders.


Jimmy 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.


Jimmy Iovine was responsible for supervising the music used in the 1984 romance film Sixteen Candles, Streets of Fire and the 1988 comedy film Scrooged.


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


Jimmy Iovine was responsible for providing distribution, initial funding and financial oversight for the highly successful Death Row Records hip-hop label in the 1990s.


Additionally, Jimmy Iovine executive produced the 2009 LeBron James documentary More than a Game and 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin'.


In 2008, Jimmy Iovine teamed up with Dr Dre to co-found Beats By Dr Dre, a headphones brand.


Jimmy Iovine had captured 20 percent market share of the headphones industry by 2012.


In January 2013, Jimmy 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.


Jimmy Iovine was hired to assume an undisclosed position at Apple where he helped in the creation of Apple Music.


In 2005, Jimmy 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, Jimmy Iovine was a mentor on Fox's American Idol.


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


In 2022, Jimmy Iovine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Ahmet Ertegun Award category.


New York rock radio DJ Carol Miller and Jimmy Iovine had a two-year relationship in the late 1970s.


Jimmy Iovine was married for 24 years to writer, lawyer, and model Vicki Jimmy Iovine before divorcing; the couple have four children.