>The music mogul has guided the careers of everyone from Michael to Mariah. In his new memoir Hitmaker: The Man and His Music, he finally tells all

AS A RECORD EXEC WHO’S WORKED WITH MICHAEL JACKSON, SPRINGSTEEN AND OTHERS, WHAT’S YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT?

Hearing Bruce’s work before anybody else or sitting next to Streisand singing to you, and she’s asking, “Does this sound good?” Lots of highlights.

HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH MICHAEL JACKSON?

He was a naturally brilliant genius. He was demanding. And justifiably so. [But] he’s an institution that’ll live forever.

ANY REGRETS ABOUT YOUR FOUR-YEAR MARRIAGE TO MARIAH CAREY?

Not one. Looking back, it would have been better to maintain a professional relationship. But you can only go forward.

IS IT WEIRD TO SEE HER ON AMERICAN IDOL?

[Laughs] No. It’s fun to see people morph and experiment.

WHAT’S THE SECRET TO DEALING WITH POP STARS’ EGOS?

It’s real simple: respect.

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