40 Under 40: John Janick


President/COO, Interscope Geffen A&M


At 35, John Janick has accomplished more than many executives twice his age (see story, page 20). He founded indie Fueled by Ramen (Fall Out Boy, Paramore). Later he was handed the reins at Elektra (Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and fun., which won Grammys this year for best new artist and song of the year). Now, nine months into heading Interscope Geffen A&M, Janick has scored wins on the single and album fronts. The former includes multiplatinum hits by Will.i.am and Imagine Dragons; the latter includes Imagine Dragons’ platinum album and Kendrick Lamar’s gold-certified debut set. IGA’s run continues this year with Zedd and Robin Thicke (who earned his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with smash hit “Blurred Lines”), anticipated albums from icons Eminem and Lady Gaga, and new signings ranging from British alt-rock band the 1975 to R&B/hip-hop newcomer Tiara Thomas. “Now that I’m getting the feel for everything, what stands out for me is the great team we have and how healthy this company is,” Janick says. “And that’s what will make IGA even stronger in the years to come.”