Interscope Records is an American record label that operates as an imprint of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, which is owned by the Universal Music Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Vivendi S.A.. It was founded in 1989 by Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field as a Hip hop label, which was then half-owned by Atlantic Recording Corporation, until it was fully acquired by the Music Corporation of America, Inc. in 1995 over a contention in Gangsta rap.
Since 1999, the label has been the most active imprint of the Interscope Geffen A&M Records subsidiary, which is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. The label's most recognized artists include Eminem, Madonna, U2, and Lady Gaga, among others.
Interscope became the number-one charting label based on Mediabase, and also with the largest label share on over four radio formats, with Adult Contemporary being their largest share of the formats.