Jimmy Iovine’s producing career took flight following his work on the seminal Patti Smith’s Easter album which included the Top 10 hit Because Of The Night in 1978.
Iovine produced Stevie Nicks’ debut solo album Bella Donna which spent nearly three years on the US album charts, selling over 3 million copies in the US alone, as well as the second solo album The Wild Heart.
He also became a long term producer partner of Tom Petty. Throughout the 80’s, he delivered albums for Dire Straits, such as Making Movies featuring the song Romeo and Juliet and also for U2, including producing their 14 million selling Rattle & Hum album.
Two major additional productions had the stamp of Iovine’s work. Firstly, the soundtrack to the Curtis Hanson 2002 film ‘8 Mile’ which was a Number 1 box office success featuring the artist Eminem. The soundtrack was certified quadruple platinum in the US and won an academy award for Eminem’s Lose Yourself. Three years later, the movie ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was released with a soundtrack executively produced by Iovine. The album featured a host of G Unit stars, including 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Mobb Deep and sold over 3 million copies in the US.