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The Defiant Ones: great for music trivia enthusiasts

Love me some music trivia. One of my most favorite hobbies is watching music documentaries of all types. I like learning little tidbits of gossip about my favorite artists and the stories behind the songs.

The Defiant Ones is a new documentary on HBO, telling the stories behind Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, their record labels (Interscope, Death Row, Aftermath, etc.) and their eventual partnership with Apple (Beats by Dre). Not to get into too much detail, but here are some of my favorite tidbits so far (just finished episode 3 last night):

  • Jimmy Iovine dated Stevie Nicks during the recording of her first solo album.
  • No one would sign Dr. Dre as a solo artist because of the lawsuits he was dealing with in regards to N.W.A/ Jerry Heller after he made The Chronic. Iovine jumped at the chance to sign him, telling him to give him three weeks to sort out the lawsuits.
  • Primus signed onto Interscope because they were impressed that Iovine was able to get Gerardo signed (Mr. Rico Suave himself).
  • Interscope Records advanced a significant amount of money to Death Row specifically to bail Tupac Shakur out of jail because Time Warner wouldn’t give the money outright.
  • Iovine was really tight with Suge Knight in the beginning. Knight would go play football at Iovine’s house on the weekends. Eventually Knight got caught up too much in the street life and well, here we are.
  • Iovine wanted Trent Reznor to get out of his contract with TVT Records so badly that he promised to give him a record label (Nothing Records), the ability to sign artists (how the world got Marilyn Manson), and complete independence in the studio. The result: The Downward Spiral, still one of my most favorite albums of all time.

The rest you’ll have to see for yourself πŸ™‚

 

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