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Interscope was founded in 1990 by Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field with financial support from Atlantic Records (which owned a 53% stock in the label). Initially it was distributed by the Atlantic Records subsidiary EastWest Records. A&R Executive John McClain and producer Beau Hill were also part of the original founding team.
The original focus of the label was on hip-hop and urban music, but by the mid 2000s its range began to expand, to extent where its roster would be as wide ranging to include the industrial rock artist Nine Inch Nails (Nothing Records), Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit, Helmet, No Doubt and later the Latin artist Kings Of Flow in a unique partnership with Los Angeles based indie Latin label.
Following UMG's acquisition of PolyGram Records in 1998, Geffen Records and A&M Records were merged into Interscope. In 2004, (#invalid label link ID#) was merged into the Interscope-Geffen-A&M group bringing over artists including Blink-182, Papa Roach, Rise Against, Nelly Furtado, Lifehouse, AFI, The All-American Rejects, Jimmy Eat World and Rufus Wainwright (the artists were divided between Interscope and Geffen, with most going to the latter). In 2005 Interscope launched a new imprint called Cherrytree Records.
- Interscope-Geffen-A&M (In the US)
- Polydor Records (Outside the US)