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The Boss Brings “The Boss” To American Idol?


Jimmy Iovine, Patti Smith, & Bruce Springsteen Photo by Joe Stevens

Whether it be through the involvement of producers  Will I Am, and Polow Da Don, or having Beats By Dr. Dre head phones and hardware  used on camera, Interscope Records Chairman, Jimmy Iovine has distinctively placed his influence on every aspect of American Idol’s 10th season.  WIth that in mind it can’t be a coincidence that this week’s guest is reported to be Bruce Springsteen. (SOURCE E! ONLINE)  Springsteen and Iovine share a history that is the best examples of what true artistry goes through in a commercial industry to succeed and make an impact.

Long before Iovine’s Interscope fame with the likes of Dr. Dre, Death Row, Eminem, 50 Cent, Diddy and others, Iovine was known as a go to producer for now Classic Rock acts like Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Simple Minds, The Pretenders, Patti Smith, Dire Straights, U2, and others.  One of Iovine’s earliest influential pre Interscope roles was as the hard nosed engineer that helped Bruce Springsteen craft his breakthrough album, Born To Run.

It is reported that the now head of  the largest record label in the country, would regularly tear up bills for studio time, so Springsteen’s Columbia Records wouldn’t see them and shut down production for costing too much.  It has also been said that Iovine helped convince Springsteen of the record’s value, after Bruce heard the final mix and threw it away.   It will be truly interesting to hear what advice “The Boss ” has for these young singers that must be under an incredible amount of pressure, considering that he had to struggle amongst artistic conviction and label politics  for  several years before a taste of success.

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Bruce Springsteen

“Born To Run” (Live 1982)

(Studio Version Engineered By Jimmy Iovine)
From Born To Run

1975 Columbia Records


Patti Smith

 “Because The Night”

From Easter

(Produced By Jimmy Iovine)

1978 Arista Records


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

“Don’t Do Me Like That”

(Produced By Jimmy Iovine & Tom Petty)

From Damn the Torpedoes

1979 Backstreet/MCA Records


Stevie Nicks Featuring Tom Petty

“Stop Dragging My Heart Around”

(Produced By Jimmy Iovine & Tom Petty)

From Bella Donna

1981 Modern/Atlantic Records

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

“Roll Me Away”

(Produced By Jimmy Iovine)

From The Distance

1982 Capitol Records

Key Interscope Records Releases

Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

“Good Vibrations”

From Music For The People

(Interscope’s First #1)

1991 Interscope/Atlantic Records

Dr. Dre Featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg

“Nuthing But A ‘G’ Thang”

From The Chronic

1992 Death Row/Interscope/Atlantic Records

2Pac Featuring Dr. Dre

“California Love”

From All Eyez On Me

1996 Death Row/Interscope Records


“The Real Slim Shady”

From The Marshall Mathers LP

2000 Web/Aftermath/Interscope Records

50 Cent

“In Da Club”

From Get Rich Or Die Tryin’

2003 Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records

Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis

“Just Dance”

From The Fame

2008 Kon Live/Cherrytree/Streamline/Interscope Records

Diddy-Dirty Money Featuring Skylar Grey

“Coming Home”

From Last Train To Paris

2010 Bad Boy/Interscope Records