Tommy Mottola
American music executive
Tommy Mottola
Thomas Daniel "Tommy" Mottola is an American music executive, co-owner of Casablanca Records in a joint venture with the Universal Music Group. He is the ex-husband of Mariah Carey and is married to Mexican singer Thalía. He headed Sony Music Entertainment, parent of the Columbia label, for nearly 15 years. Apart from his experience in managing music outfits, Mottola is known as a mentor and former talent manager.
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Mariah Carey's Ex Tommy Mottola SLAMS Her Recent Career Choices! - PerezHilton.com
Google News - about 2 months
PerezHilton.com Mariah Carey's Ex Tommy Mottola SLAMS Her Recent Career Choices! PerezHilton.com Bad blood still lingers between these exes! As we reported, Mariah Carey had a DISASTROUS performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve where her vocal track suddenly cut out, and she stopped trying to fake-sing. While everyone from Sharon ... Jenny McCarthy rightly blasts Mariah Carey for blaming others for NYE debacleThe Mercury News Mariah Carey Parts Ways With Creative Director Over NYE DebacleSFGate Mariah Carey's Biggest Mistakes Happened After New Year's EveJezebel Page Six -Vulture -AOL News -TheWrap all 172 news articles »
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Music-Industry Veteran Humbled by Broadway
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Music-industry veteran Tommy Mottola is making his first go as a lead producer on Broadway, helming ‘A Bronx Tale the Musical,’ based on a one-man show by Chazz Palminteri that became a 1993 film.
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Music-Industry Veteran Humbled by Broadway
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Music-industry veteran Tommy Mottola is making his first go as a lead producer on Broadway, helming ‘A Bronx Tale the Musical,’ based on a one-man show by Chazz Palminteri that became a 1993 film.
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Ben Weinman and the Business of Responsible Creativity
Huffington Post - 9 months
"Life has no meaning When it's not justified." -- "I Love Secret Agents" by the Dillinger Escape Plan Many people know that the Dillinger Escape Plan, with Ben Weinman as a founding member, is considered by many to be the best mathcore band in history. Mathcore is a genre of music that interpreted metalcore -- a brutal mix of hardcore punk and extreme metal -- using unusual time signatures to produce a chaotic and innovative sound. Their influence on the genre has been severe, with Pitchfork calling their 1999 debut Calculating Infinity a "game-changing album." While this achievement may be enough for Weinman to put his unique stamp on the world, he does not want to stop there. With his label, Party Smasher Inc., Weinman has been taking things to the next level. He wants to help foster a community that encourages the same independent, risk-taking spirit of the hardcore scene that ultimately made the Dillinger Escape Plan so influential. With the new partnership of P ...
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Kid Creole's Alter-Ego Mounts a NY Musical
Huffington Post - 9 months
August Darnell a/k/a Kid Creole The breakout hit from the first Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band album in 1976 was "Cherchez la Femme," a sublime dance hit that even appealed to people who hated disco. Forty years later, the songwriter August Darnell (later of Kid Creole and the Coconuts fame, always a huge UK draw) is staging a lifelong dream with Cherchez la Femme The Musical at Manhattan's famed La Mama Theater in the East Village. Incorporating songs from both the Dr. Buzzard and Kid Creole catalogues, the show opened last Friday night and runs through June 12. He hopes to bring the show, which is somewhat but not entirely based on his experiences as a band leader, in the future to the West End. The New York Times called the show "more screwball comedy than band saga." Darnell has been living in Europe and more recently Maui, Hawaii, since the early 1990s when he "escaped" New York City. "Now when I come back I see what attracted me to the place in the first ...
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Mariah Carey Is Engaged And Her Ring Is Completely Insane
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Tommy Mottola: HBO’s ‘The Latin Explosion’ Is For Americans Who ‘Still Don’t Get' The Power Of Latinos
Huffington Post - over 1 year
NEW YORK -- Tommy Mottola remembers a childhood filled with the lively rhythms of Latin music, hearing it trickle out of houses and shops in his neighborhood in the Bronx. Such is the memory the former Sony Music executive, who’s responsible for some of the biggest names in Latin music, recalled as he introduced his new HBO documentary “The Latin Explosion: A New America” at its New York premiere Tuesday.  “It's part of my DNA now,” Mottola said of Latino culture, in an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post later.  “The Latin Explosion” features many of Mottola’s musical proteges and takes audiences on a historical musical journey, highlighting how Latino artists have influenced American culture from the 1940s to today. The documentary covers the impact of icons like Desi Arnaz, Carlos Santana, Selena Quintanilla, Ricky Martin and many more while weaving in facts about the growing power of the Latino demographic in the United States.   During his 15 years at Sony Music, ...
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Tommy Mottola: HBO’s ‘The Latin Explosion’ Is For Americans Who ‘Still Don’t Get' The Power Of Latinos
Huffington Post - over 1 year
NEW YORK -- Tommy Mottola remembers a childhood filled with the lively rhythms of Latin music, hearing it trickle out of houses and shops in his neighborhood in the Bronx. Such is the memory the former Sony Music executive, who’s responsible for some of the biggest names in Latin music, recalled as he introduced his new HBO documentary “The Latin Explosion: A New America” at its New York premiere Tuesday.  “It's part of my DNA now,” Mottola said of Latino culture, in an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post later.  “The Latin Explosion” features many of Mottola’s musical proteges and takes audiences on a historical musical journey, highlighting how Latino artists have influenced American culture from the 1940s to today. The documentary covers the impact of icons like Desi Arnaz, Carlos Santana, Selena Quintanilla, Ricky Martin and many more while weaving in facts about the growing power of the Latino demographic in the United States.   During his 15 years at Sony Music, ...
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Chris Williams: We're Missing You, MJ
Popeater - over 3 years
Four years ago, the untimely passing of Michael Jackson sent a shockwave through the entire globe. Many tears were shed by his adoring fans. Impromptu celebrations transpired across the world to honor his grand memory. Jackson was one of the very few artists, who transcended the world of music and the world as a whole through his irrevocable influence. And we dearly miss him. The world first became intrigued with the precocious nine year old prodigy singing the affectionately tinged record "I Want You Back" in 1969. Jackson and his brothers instantly became an extension of our families. The way they danced and sang was infectious from the very beginning. Songs like "ABC," "The Love You Save," and "I'll Be There" left a lasting impression on your soul. Their soulful and heartfelt melodies gave the world a reason to dance and smile in unison. As the Civil Rights movement came to a close, the 1970s embraced the Jackson 5 and the hits kept coming by the boatload such ...
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Tommy Mottola apologizes to ex-wife Mariah Carey
Calgary Sun - about 4 years
Record executive Tommy Mottola has apologized to his ex-wife Mariah Carey for appearing controlling while trying to help launch the superstar's career during the 1990s.
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WATCH: Mariah Carey's Ex Opens Up About Their Marriage
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In his new memoir "Hitmaker: The Man and His Music," Tommy Mottola apologizes to ex-wife Mariah Carey for his controlling behavior during their five-year marriage. In the book, which hit bookshelves on January 15, Mottola acknowledges his overbearing ways, but asserts that his behavior paved the way for Carey's prolific music career. He writes, "No I did not hypnotize Mariah. No, I did not hypnotize her into selling 200 million albums. No, I did not chain her to the recording studio in the mansion we built after we were married. If it seemed like I was controlling, let me apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But it was also part of the reason for her success." On Tuesday, the former head of Sony Music confirmed to "Today" show host Matt Lauer that "[the book] will be the first time" he has told the pop star that he's sorry. "I have nothing but the greatest respect for her in the world," Mottolla told Lauer. "I feel great about all of the things that she has achieved a ...
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Celebrities Who Dissed Their Exes (PHOTOS)
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
In 2009, Mariah Carey wasn't shy about calling her ex-husband and record executive Tommy Mottola "controlling," and claimed he "mentally and emotionally" abused her during their four-year-marriage, which she called a "private hell." Four years later, Mottola is speaking out in his new memoir "Hitmaker," and says that he might have been demanding, but he's the reason for her worldwide success. "If it seemed like I was controlling, I apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success," he writes in the book. More...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tommy Mottola
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 64
    Mottola published a book titled "Hitmaker" in January 2013, written with Cal Fussman.
    More Details Hide Details He details his successes and the drive that propelled him to the top of the business, but also talks at length about the down times. Mottola produced the recent musical adaptation of Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale. Palminteri credits Mottola with the realization of the new project, developed over the past two years. Mottola brought the idea for A Bronx Tale musical to producer group Dodger Properties and "put the musical on his back". The show started previews at Paper Mill Playhouse on February 4, 2016, opened on February 14, 2016, and closed on March 6, 2016. A collaboration with former Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein has them teamed on two current projects for live theater, namely producers of Pink Floyd's The Wall. Mottola's TV production arm is currently producing and developing many shows for cable and network television.
  • 2009
    Age 60
    Mentioned by Eminem during a promotional freestyle for Relapse on BET's Rap City in 2009: "I'm Tommy Mottola, Mariah, don't stop me I'm on a roll".
    More Details Hide Details Eminem references Tommy's relationship with R&B singer Mariah Carey, as he did with her, in an attempt to diss her.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 53
    Mentioned by 50 Cent in the song "Fuck You" from his 2002 album Guess Who's Back?, " Tommy Mottola ain't shootin' out in the 'hood with me."
    More Details Hide Details Mentioned by Will Smith in the song "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" (So So Def Remix): "Tommy Motolla and Spielberg tear me checks". Mentioned by Lana Del Rey in the song Live or Die
  • 2000
    Age 51
    He married his third wife, Mexican telenovela star and recording artist Thalía, on December 2, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have two children, daughter Sabrina Sakaë Mottola, born in October 2007, and son Matthew Alejandro Mottola, born in June 2011
  • 1999
    Age 50
    The Australian band Regurgitator include the song I Love Tommy Mottola on their 1999 album art. Mentioned in the Lil Wayne song Spitter off the mixtape Dedication 2 "I got that Tommy Mottola " Mentioned in the opening chorus of Ghostface Killah's song Cherchez LaGhost off of the Supreme Clientele album, released in 2000. Mentioned by Wyclef Jean in the Fugees song "How Many Mics" from their 1996 Grammy award winning album The Score, " One day I have a label and make deals with Tommy Mottola."
    More Details Hide Details Mentioned in "No Show" Season 4, Episode 2 of the series The Sopranos. Tony says in sarcasm to his sister, Janice, "That Tommy Mottola, he's one slow motherfucker. What's it been, about a year now?" He intends to say that she does not actually have any connection to a music executive of Mr. Mottola's caliber. Mentioned in the TV series Smash (2012), Season 1 Episode 6: "Chemistry". Ensemble dancer Jessica explains to Karen who Bobby Raskin was: "He's big. He's like... umm... Tommy Mottola. And don't say 'Who's Tommy Mottola?'"
    Mariah Carey wrote a song called Petals on her 1999 album Rainbow and the song talks about her marriage with Mottola.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 44
    On June 5, 1993, Mottola married his second wife, Mariah Carey; they announced their separation on May 30, 1997 and later divorced.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 27
    Mottola is the protagonist of the first verse of the 1976 song "Cherchez La Femme" by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band.
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  • 1975
    Age 26
    Hall and Oates' song "Gino (The Manager)" from the duo's 1975 album Daryl Hall & John Oates was written about Mottola.
    More Details Hide Details The record jacket insert reads "And introducing Tommy Mottola as 'Little Gino.' " The character of Gene Balboa in the Channel 101 Internet TV Series Yacht Rock is loosely based on Mottola, in particular his time as manager of Hall and Oates.
  • 1971
    Age 22
    Mottola has been married three times. He married his first wife, Lisa Clark, daughter of ABC Records head Sam Clark in 1971, converting to Judaism to do so. The couple divorced in 1990, after having two children.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Age 0
    Born on July 14, 1949.
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