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John Janick
Co-President of Elektra Records
In office
2009- – 2013
CEO and Chairman Interscope Geffen A&M Records
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1978-05-07) May 7, 1978 (age 43)
Starkville, Mississippi, U.S.
OccupationMusic Executive, Company Chairman and CEO Interscope Geffen A&M Records
Executive Producer

John Janick is an American record executive. He is the chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M Records.[1]

Janick has been named to Billboard’s Power 100 list every year since 2014 and was named Variety's Hitmakers Executive of the year in 2018. He has worked with a number of artists including Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco and Paramore, early in his career, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran while head of Elektra Records, and Billie Eilish, 5 Seconds of Summer, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar,[2] Lady Gaga and Imagine Dragons at Interscope.

Early life

As a young man growing up in Port Charlotte, Florida, Janick was interested in music, not as a musician, but as a promoter.[3]

"When I was a teenager, in the ’90s, I was really into underground music. I’d buy wholesale orders of CDs I loved and then sell them to friends for $10 apiece. Eventually I started putting together compilations. It wasn’t about making a profit as much as it was about turning people on to new music that I loved," he told Entrepreneur magazine.[4]

Record label founder: Fueled by Ramen 1996-2012

In 1996, while a freshman student at the University of Florida, Janick founded the independent record company Fueled By Ramen with Less than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello, and signed and developed bands. Janick convinced University of Florida to give him college credits for going on tour with Less than Jake on the Ska Against Racism Tour.[3] Upon their return, they continued to sign bands, market them, cut royalty checks and everything else to promote their music. The early artists he signed were Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and Paramore.[5]

Janick was met with resistance in promoting his acts, and as a result, opted for alternative methods for Fueled by Ramen such as online sales and social media promotion.[6] Fall Out Boy were the first to achieve sales success, and Panic! at the Disco went on to sell four million albums worldwide.[7]

Warner Music Group: Elektra Records 2009-2012

The sales of the Panic! At the Disco albums prompted the Warner Music Group to buy Fueled by Ramen in 2008, and install Janick as co-president of their Elektra Records label.[8]

Janick signed Fun, Paramore and Twenty One Pilots to Fueled by Ramen, which he continued to run while at Elektra. He executive produced their albums, which went on to sell over one million records each. While at Elektra, Janick oversaw the careers of platinum artists Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Cee Lo Green.[6]

Interscope Geffen A&M 2012-present

In 2012, Janick was recruited by Interscope head Jimmy Iovine to join the label group as President and COO. The first year at Interscope Geffen A&M, he helped lead the team that produced hits from Robin Thicke, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Janick himself signed Tame Impala and Selena Gomez, both of whom sold well.

When Iovine departed the label group in 2014, Janick was named Chairman/CEO. He explained to Variety his philosophy for music business: "What’s most important to me is being able to spend the time with an artist, and not just trying to get (a song) on every radio station. (To do that), you have to keep the roster in check, and make sure that you’re not doing what a lot of labels have done in the past, where you sign a bunch of things and see what sticks. You sign who you believe in, and you stick with them, like an indie label would."[3]

Under Janick's direction, Interscope has entered into various label alliances including J. Cole’s Dreamville, producer/songwriter Benny Blanco’s Mad Love, LVRN, and The Darkroom.[9]

In 2019, he oversaw releases by Juice WRLD,[10] Lady Gaga’s A Star is Born soundtrack album,[11] DaBaby[12] and the breakout stars Billie Eilish[9] and Summer Walker.[13]

Janick oversees 200 employees at Interscope Geffen A&M.[7]

Personal life

In October 2012, Janick underwent surgery for cancer, with a recurrence in October 2017 for which he received chemotherapy. At that same time, he had brain surgery to remove a benign pituitary adenoma. He fully recovered from both the cancer and the brain tumor.[8]

Janick is married to Mia, and has two sons.[7]


Year Publication Recognition
2014 Billboard Power 100
2014 Billboard 40 Under 40
2015 Billboard Power 100
2015 Billboard 40 Under 40
2016 Billboard Power 100
2017 Billboard Power 100
2017 Billboard Hip Hop Power Players
2018 Billboard Power 100
2018 Variety Hitmakers: Executive of the Year

See also


  1. ^ Christman, Ed (May 28, 2014). "John Janick to Succeed Jimmy Iovine as Chairman, CEO of Interscope Geffen & A&M". Billboard. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Kendrick Lamar". grammycom. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Barker, Andrew (June 10, 2015). "Interscope Chief John Janick Aims to Put a Fresh Spin on Chart-Topping Label". Variety. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ "How a Photo Inspires This Record Company's CEO to Treat His Team Like Family". Entrepreneur. September 17, 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  5. ^ Rysdail, Kai (February 22, 2017). "What Selena Gomez has to do with the 'La La Land' soundtrack". Marketplace. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b "'I'M AN ENTREPRENEUR… AND I DON'T LIKE TO LOSE'". Music Business Worldwide. June 20, 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Flemming, Jaci (July 28, 2017). "John Janick's journey from DIY label head to managing the world's biggest artists". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b Halperin, Shirley (June 14, 2018). "Don't Call It a Comeback: Interscope Chief John Janick Reveals Cancer Recurrence". Variety. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b Havens, Lyndsey (May 9, 2019). "Why All Eyes Are on Billie Eilish, the New Model for Streaming Era Success". Billboard. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  10. ^ "JUICE WRLD GOES VIRAL AT SPOTIFY". Hits Magazine. April 23, 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  11. ^ Schneider, Marc (February 28, 2019). "Interscope Execs Salute Lady Gaga as 'A Star Is Born' Soundtrack Hits Sales, Streaming Milestones". Billboard. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  12. ^ "RUMOR MILLBACK TO RUMOR MILL > Thursday, January 24, 2019BABY LOVE". Hits Magazine. January 24, 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  13. ^ "THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL EDITION". Hits Magazine. October 9, 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2019.

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