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Much has been written about Tommy Mottola, one of the most powerful, visionary, and successful executives in the history of the music industry. He discovered, developed, and launched the careers of many superstars, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Gloria Estefan and is credited with creating the Latin Explosion. He has had the privilege of working alongside Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, and Ozzy Osbourne, among other music giants. This is his story — a story of the modern music industry, from Elvis to the iPod, through the eyes of the man who made much of it happen.
Hitmaker recounts how a Bronx kid and college dropout became one of the music industry's most creative and controversial CEOs. For the first time, Tommy lays bare the facts behind the most sensational aspects of his life, including being married to and developing the career of Mariah Carey, managing Michael Jackson's emotional ups and downs, and the power struggle with his onetime boss and mentor Walter Yetnikoff. Hitmaker will take you inside this world of power, money, and fame as he reveals his fascinating dealings with countless icons and how he was sitting at the top when the business suddenly changed.
Tommy's story is one of incredible highs and lows — and here it is, in his own voice, for the first time.
One of the most powerful, famous executives in the history of the music industry, Tommy Mottola was there from Elvis to the iPod. He participated in the explosion of popular music when it had a personal, individual impact and a global, cultural influence on everything from fashion and advertising to politics and race. Now, in Hitmaker, Tommy recounts how a street kid from the Bronx became the music industry's most creative and successful CEO. For the first time, Mottola will lay bare the facts behind the most sensational aspects of his life. He reveals what it was like to be married to Mariah Carey, how Michael Jackson would call him in the wee hours begging Tommy to swear they'd sell 100 million records, his fascinating dealings with countless icons, and how he was sitting at the top when the music business imploded.
About the Author
Tommy Mottola is one of the highest-profile executives in the history of the music industry. He is credited with discovering and guiding the careers of many of the world's most iconic music artists. Starting as a musician and an Epic Records recording artist at the age eighteen, he returned twenty years later to run that very company as Sony Music Entertainment's global CEO. In his tenure, he is credited with tripling the company's revenue, selling an estimated 8 billion CDs, and generating more than $65 billion in sales. Tommy now heads the Mottola Media Group, a global entertainment and media company in New York City. He resides in New York City with his wife, Thalia, and their two young children, Sabrina and Matthew, and close by are his two older children, Sarah and Michael.