Jimmy Iovine is grimacing. He and his Interscope Records partner, Ted Field, are taking a lunch meeting in Iovine’s intimate conference room with Ann Brubaker, the head of the label’s international division, and two representatives from its Canadian offices. As the group discusses the company’s current events, it becomes immediately apparent that almost all the news from the Great White North is, well, great. Still, Iovine looks pained. It can’t be the charts. It’s Feb. 4, and Interscope’s Gridlock’d soundtrack has just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, leaving another Interscope release, Tragic Kingdom, by No Doubt, at No. 2. Various other Interscope-related albums turn up at Nos. 11, 13, 14, 17, 32, 48, 49, 67 and 83. So why isn’t Jimmy smiling? He takes another taste of pasta. “The food sucks in Westwood,” he says of the cuisine in this section of Los Angeles. “We’ve got to open our own restaurant,” suggests Field matter-of-factly. When lunch is finished, the group adjourns to Iovine’s main office, a cool space with a basketball net and a Mellotron that once belonged to John Lennon. This is where Iovine does his thing, playing some of his favorite new music for visitors… Read full this story
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