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Encyclopedia > Interscope Records
Interscope Records
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1990
Founder(s) Jimmy Iovine
Ted Field
Tom Whalley
Distributing label Interscope-Geffen-A&M (US)
Polydor Records (UK)
Genre(s) Various
Country of origin US
Location Santa Monica, California
Official Website Official website of Interscope Records

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Contents

History

Beginnings

Interscope was formed in 1990 by Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field with financial support from Atlantic Records (which owned a 50% stock in the label). Upon its creation, it was initially distributed by Atlantic Records' subsidiary East West Records America. MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Jimmy Iovine was born on March 11, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York. ... Ted Field (1953 - ), music producer, movie producer, and heir to the Marshall Fields department store fortune. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... East West Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, and operates under WMGs Independent Label Group. ...


The label's first release was Latin-rapper Gerardo, who scored a top 5, gold hit with "Rico Suave" in the spring of 1991. More early success came later in the year when the label released the debut album from Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, which went platinum in early 1992. During this time, Interscope also signed rapper Tupac Shakur, Primus, No Doubt and Nine Inch Nails. They also released Bad4Good's album, Refugee in 1992, yet it was a commercial flop. Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... Gerardo or la Pelota (born Gerardo Mejía on April 16, 1965 in Guayaquil, Ecuador) is a rapper and singer who later became a recording-industry executive. ... The RIAA Logo. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch was a hip-hop group led by Mark Wahlberg. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ... Primus was a Grammy-nominated American rock band formed in California in the mid-1980s. ... No Doubt is a third wave ska band from Anaheim, California, United States. ... “NIN” redirects here. ... Bad4Good (l to r) Zack Young, Thomas McRocklin, Brooks Wackerman and Danny Cooksey Bad4Good was a heavy metal band formed in 1991 by guitarist virtuoso Steve Vai. ...


Death Row Records

Death Row Records
Death Row Records

Though Interscope seemed to be on a roll with its first few releases, the label was faced with criticism for manufacturing what was considered cookie-cutter hip-hop that many did not take seriously. That changed when, in 1992, Iovine financially assisted Suge Knight and Dr. Dre in the creation of Death Row Records, and arranged for Interscope to distribute its records. The arrangement hit paydirt when Death Row and Interscope released The Chronic, the solo debut album from rapper/producer Dr. Dre. The album was distributed by Priority Records and released in December, became a seminal hit into the new year, eventually going triple platinum, and introduced the world to an up and coming Snoop Dogg—whose own debut album Doggystyle was released in late 1993 and became a monstrous success as well. Image File history File linksMetadata Deathrowlogobig. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Deathrowlogobig. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row Records Marion Suge Knight, a. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Death Row Records is a record company that was founded in 1991 by Suge Knight and Dr. Dre, and was once home to some of raps biggest names, including: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt & Daz). ... The Chronic is the highly influential debut album from American rap producer Dr. Dre. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Priority Records is an American based record label, owned and operated by EMI, and has made a name for itself dealing primarily in hip hop music. ... Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ... Doggystyle is the debut album by American West Coast (g-funk) hip hop artist Snoop Doggy Dogg, released on November 23, 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


Following the success of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Death Row and Interscope became powerful labels in the industry, both collectively and respectively. With this acclaim, however, came criticism from various sources over the gangsta rap image that was being perpetuated. Feeling the heat from activist groups, Time Warner (Interscope's parent company) refused to distribute Death Row's next release, Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound, which was originally scheduled for release in June 1995. The album was subsequently pushed back, while Death Row and Interscope made an outside deal with Priority Records to distribute that album upon its release. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Time Warner Inc. ... Dogg Food is the debut album by the Tha Dogg Pound. ... Tha Dogg Pound, also known as D.P.G. (Dogg Pound Gangstaz), is a rap group made up of Kurupt and Daz Dillinger. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Priority Records is an American based record label, owned and operated by EMI, and has made a name for itself dealing primarily in hip hop music. ...


The controversy swirling around Death Row and Interscope made Time Warner's shareholders nervous, so much so that in late 1995, the company sold all of its stake in Interscope Records to MCA Music Entertainment (later renamed Universal Music Group). Not wanting to take on the scrutiny that plagued Time Warner, MCA too initially refused to distribute many of Interscope's Death Row releases; including All Eyez on Me, the much anticipated forthcoming Death Row debut album by Tupac Shakur. This forced Death Row and Interscope to strike a deal with Island Records to distribute that particular album outside of its home base. The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment Group, is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... All Eyez on Me is a double album by rapper Tupac Shakur. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ... Island Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group and is operated through The Island Def Jam Music Group. ...


Death Row began to collapse in 1996 following the death of Tupac Shakur, the incarceration of Knight, and departure of Dr. Dre. In August of 1997, Interscope (under pressure from Universal Music Group) made the decision to sell off all of its share in the label. However, they continue to join forces when it comes to releasing posthumous albums by Shakur with Amaru Entertainment. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Amaru Entertainment was founded by Tupac Shakurs mother, Afeni Shakur, in early 1997 to handle the release of the unreleased material Tupac Shakur had created before his death on September 13th, 1996. ...


Today

Though Interscope initially made a name for itself as a label dealing heavily in hip-hop, by the mid 1990s, its range began to expand and, subsequently, the company would eventually experience success with artists in all genres, for example, the Industrial Rock group Nine Inch Nails (Nothing Records). In 1998, following UMG's acquisition of PolyGramGeffen Records and A&M Records were merged into Interscope, making it the extremely powerful and leading unit at UMG that it is today. In 2005, Interscope launched a new imprint, Cherrytree Records for emerging artists, beginning with Oakland, CA's The Lovemakers. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Industrial rock is a musical genre which is a fusion of industrial music and rock music. ... “NIN” redirects here. ... Nothing Records was an American record label, specializing in industrial rock and electronic music, founded by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and John Malm, Jr. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cherrytree Records is an imprint of Interscope Records founded in 2005 by Martin Kierszenbaum. ... Aerial view looking west over downtown Oakland, Lake Merritt and the Port of Oakland in the upper left portion of the image. ... The Lovemakers are a pop music band from Oakland, California, formed in the spring of 2002. ...


Labels under Interscope

Main article: Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment Group, is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Storchaveli Recordings is an American based record label that was founded by music producer Scott Storch and is distributed by Dr. Dres Aftermath Entertainment. ... Cherrytree Records is an imprint of Interscope Records founded in 2005 by Martin Kierszenbaum. ... Delicious Vinyl is an American independent record label founded in 1987 by Matt Dike and Michael Ross. ... Fontana Records was a record label active in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1960s, as a subsiduary of the Dutch Phillips company. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Shadyville Entertainment is a record label that was started by DJ Whoo Kid. ... Kickball Records is a record company based out of Santa Monica, California. ... Maloof Music is a joint venture with Interscope Records, a division of Universal Music Group. ... MySpace Records is a record label started in 2005 to sign artists who appear on the social networking site MySpace. ... Shady Records is a record label specializing in hip hop music. ... Fyre Dapartment is a music production team started by Swifty McVay of D12. ... A Label started by Bizarre from the hip-hop collective D-12 and is a branch-off of the Shady/Aftermath empire. ... Runyon Ave. ... Iron Fist Records is a hip-hop record label created by D-12s Proof and 1st Born Category: ... Star Trak Entertainment is a record label, specializing in hip-hop music, founded by record producers Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams in 2002. ...

Salaried artists

At the SXSW conference in 2006, Interscope lawyer Darryl Franklin said during a panel discussion, that the contract with the group The Pussycat Dolls is unique in that its members are actually salaried employees of the record label and, by design, completely interchangeable. This means that in addition to CD sales, the label also controls merchandise, web sites and all other commercial aspects of the group and their income, excluding songwriting. South by Southwest (SXSW, Inc. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


External links

  • Interview with Mark Williams, A&R at Interscope Records

See also


  Results from FactBites:
 
Interscope Records - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (691 words)
Interscope Records is an American record label owned and operated by Universal Music Group.
Interscope was formed in 1990 by Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field with financial support from Atlantic Records (which owned a 50% stake in the label).
At the SXSW conference in 2006, Interscope lawyer Darryl Franklin said during a panel discussion, that the contract with the group The Pussycat Dolls is unique in that its members are actually salaried employees of the record label and, by design, completely interchangeable.
Shady Records - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (487 words)
Shady Records is a record label specializing in hip hop music.
The founder and CEO of Shady Records, Eminem, was granted his own label through Interscope Records following the success of his debut album, The Slim Shady LP.
Shady Records headquarters are in New York although it is primarily known as a Detroit-based label.
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