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Interscope CEO John Janick looks ahead
Interscope CEO John Janick looks ahead

On the roof deck of his Santa Monica office, Interscope Records' Chairman and Chief Executive John Janick took a break between meetings late on a Friday afternoon. The 36-year-old, dressed in an unassuming gray T-shirt, was just three months into his tenure as the second CEO of one of music's most successful major labels. It had been a strange week. Three days earlier, U2, one of Interscope's marquee acts, released its new album, "Songs of Innocence," by pre-uploading it for free to half a billion iTunes accounts. "People in the crowd were so surprised," Janick said of the band's unannounced live performance at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling...

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