Hitmaker: The Man and His Music
By Tommy Mottola with Cal Fussman
(Grand Central Publishing, $28)
Music titan Tommy Mottola knows what the public wants. As former chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Worldwide, he propelled a galaxy of stars — from Gloria Estefan to Shakira; Michael Jackson to the Dixie Chicks — to the top of the charts. It’s not surprising, then, that his memoir is a well-spun mix sampling of his Bronx childhood and his corporate boardroom brawls while laying down lots of insider scoop on the stars — including his failed marriage to Mariah Carey. Mottola’s A-list collaborators contribute their voices, too, creating a nuanced and engaging portrait of the music industry’s ultimate power broker.