Tommy Mottola, Hitmaker

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Legendary music executive Tommy Mottola talks about how a college dropout from the Bronx became one of the music industry's most creative and controversial CEOs. He launched the careers of many superstars, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan. In his memoir The Hitmaker: The Man and His Music, he discusses Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and working with giants such as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, and Ozzy Osbourne.


Tommy Mottola

Comments [8]


I say good that these execs cant make the same overpaid salary as before. Their jobs are jive anyway. I play music for my living and self produce my product and sell to the public direct. No middlemen in this equation and better off .

Feb. 09 2013 10:22 PM
Frank May from chicago

Hi Tommy.

Feb. 08 2013 10:19 AM

How does Tommy feel about the very funny portrayal of hin on Wyclef's The Ecleftic?

Feb. 07 2013 12:57 PM
Pablo Alto from da Bronx

Please ask him about his name check in "Cher Chez La Femme" by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. This was well before his rise to power.

Feb. 07 2013 12:45 PM

Tommy Mottola lives down the road
He lost his lady two months ago
Maybe he'll find her
Maybe he won't....

Feb. 07 2013 12:43 PM
Tony from Tribeca

Big record companies and their radio station compatriots are dinosaurs. Long live the New Independents!

Feb. 07 2013 12:38 PM
Georgina from Bronx, New York

I work for a major record label in copyright administration. We've lost many people because of the rise of illegal downloading. Our department is not a glamourous one; it's a business department. In the most simplistic terms, we make sure that songwriters are paid for their share of a song of every unit sold. Thanks to people not wanting to pay for music, a songwriter makes a lot less now for their work. I am not a corporate drone; I am a person who makes a mid-level 5 figure salary to make sure others get paid for their creativity. But it saddens me to see how the industry is vilified when now: who will put the money upfront for the studio costs? Who can keep track and pay the songwriters for the millions of illegal downloads all over the world? AND the Pandora type services want to pay even lower rates for the music publishers than the satellite radio companies. Everyone wants it for free or for negligible sums. The music industry has never been perfect, but it stands to lose more people, laying off more workers while the customers out there continue to complain they don't want to pay for it.

Feb. 07 2013 11:17 AM
George from Brooklyn

How has the rise of MP3's and the internet changed the music industry? Are music studios facing the same issues facing the newspaper industry? Are large music studios obsolete?

Feb. 07 2013 01:22 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.