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Interscope Records
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1989
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Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location Santa Monica, California
Official website

Interscope Records is an American record label owned founded by Jimmy Iovine and Giorgio Saravia in 1989. It is based in Santa Monica, California and operates as one third of Universal Music Group's Interscope Geffen A&M. The label is home to over 146 artists.


Interscope was founded in 1989[1] by Jimmy Iovine and Interscope Communications' Ted Field with financial support from Atlantic Records, which owned a 53% stock in the label. Initially, it was distributed by the Atlantic Records subsidiary EastWest Records America. A&R Executive Tom Whalley, John McClain and producer Beau Hill A&R Joe Lee Jozwiak were also part of the original founding team. The label's first release was Mo' Ritmo by Gerardo.

PolyGram acquired Atlantic's stake in the label in 1995 due to controversy over gangsta rap, a genre which Interscope championed.


The original focus of the label was on hip-hop and urban music, but by the mid 1990s its range began to expand, to where its roster would be as wide ranging to include the industrial rock artist Nine Inch Nails under Nothing Records, shock rocker Marilyn Manson, rock band Limp Bizkit, No Doubt and later the Latin artist Kings Of Flow in a unique partnership with Los Angeles based indie Latin label.[2]

Following UMG's acquisition of PolyGram in 1998, Geffen Records and A&M Records were merged into Interscope. In 2004, DreamWorks Records was merged into the Interscope-Geffen-A&M group bringing over artists including Blink-182, Papa Roach, Rise Against, Nelly Furtado, Lifehouse, AFI, The All-American Rejects, Jimmy Eat World and Rufus Wainwright. The artists were divided between Interscope and Geffen, with most going to the latter. In 2005 Interscope launched a new imprint called Cherrytree Records, for emerging artists. This began with the group The Lovemakers and later included Far East Movement, Feist, Natalia Kills, Flipsyde, Tokio Hotel, and Robyn. Lady Gaga is with Interscope, but no longer with Cherrytree as of 2011. LMFAO and Mindless Behavior are also part of the Interscope Records Major Hits.

In May 2007 Interscope announced a joint-venture partnership with Justin Timberlake to create a new recording label called Tennman Records, with the first artist being Esmee Denters.

In 2008 A&M Records was no longer in operation in the US, making majority of its artists moving to Interscope; acts included The Pussycat Dolls,, Fergie, and their group The Black Eyed Peas.

In 2011, Interscope signed Madonna and Van Halen, the latter of which reunited with its original lead singer David Lee Roth. Both artists' albums were released in 2012.[3] A

July 2013, Shayne Pilpel joined Interscope as their first electronic music artist. Shayne Pilpel is the only DJ to sell out the Rose Bowl. Shayne currently resides in West Palm Beach, FL.


Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has criticized Universal Music Group for overcharging for his album Year Zero in Australia. When he asked why it was so much, they replied, "You've got a core audience that's gonna buy whatever we put out, so we can charge more for that [...] True fans will pay whatever."[4] Nine Inch Nails is now a part of its own record label, The Null Corporation, and no longer associates with Interscope.

About his album The Captain & the Kid (2006), Elton John explains to Cameron Crowe: I was so furious with Interscope Records because they put it out and they dropped it. I had meetings in the South of France, and I said, "I know this isn't a commercial album, I just want you to do your best," and they dropped it like a fucking turd. It's probably why I didn't make another solo record. It was pure heartbreak.[5]

In late 2011, rapper 50 Cent engaged in a feud with Interscope stating that "not everyone is not committed to releasing my new album", referencing his yet-to-be-released, fifth studio album. This album, titled Street King Immortal, is set to be released in the second quarter of 2013. Nearing the end of 2013, there is no news on the album.

Associated record labels under Interscope Records

Former associated labels under Interscope Records


See also


External links

  • Interscope A&R team contact list
  • Video Interview with Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope
  • Interview with Interscope A&R Mark Williams, HitQuarters Apr 2006
  • Discogs

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