Jimmy Iovine

Jimmy Iovine
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Iovine in 2012
Born (1953-03-11) March 11, 1953 (age 66)
OccupationEntrepreneur, record producer
Vicki Iovine
(m. 1985; div. 2009)

Liberty Ross (m. 2016)
Partner(s)Stevie Nicks (1981–1982)
Musical career
Years active1973–present

James Iovine (n/; Italian: [ˈjoːvine]; born March 11, 1953)[1] is an American record producer best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records.[2] In 2006, Iovine and rapper-producer Dr. Dre founded Beats Electronics, 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 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[4][5][6] working-class family. His mother was a secretary and his father, Vincent "Jimmy" Iovine,[7] 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.[7][8] Iovine attended Catholic[9] 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.[5] At 19, he was a college dropout. 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.[10] Since the start of his career, Iovine has been involved in the production of more than 250 albums.[1][11][12]

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