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Powerhouse Execs Ethiopia Habtemariam and Jacqueline Saturn Rise Above the Noise

Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam and Caroline President Jacqueline Saturn came together for an insightful conversation at the Music Biz conference in Nashville today (May 8). The two spoke of their illustrious careers and the successful partnership between the Capitol Music Group labels they each head. Spending more than a decade working in music publishing […]
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Trailblazing Sylvia Rhone Named Epic Records CEO, Chairman

Sony Music Entertainment has promoted label veteran Sylvia Rhone to Chairman and CEO of Epic Records. In her new role, Rhone will lead the creative direction and management of Epic, and report to Rob Stringer, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment. “Sylvia is a trailblazing and iconic executive who has played a critical leadership role in driving Epic’s recent artist development success. Her wealth of experience and passionate support of artistic vision will help us further grow the reach of Ep...
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The 60 Greatest Motown Songs of All Time

It is difficult to think of a more impossible task than attempting to rate the 60 all-time greatest Motown songs. Founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy, not only has the label — originally a small independent out of Detroit — spawned more classics in the 60 years since its launch than many corporate-giant-owned major record […]
Tags: News, Stevie Wonder, Motown records, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross

Berry Gordy fulfills dreams with Motown reaching 60 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy looked out at the audience at a 60th anniversary tribute to his groundbreaking record label and saw his dream of making music for “all people” in the world fulfilled. Gordy told the packed Microsoft Theater at the “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” that he wanted his […]
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How Motown and ‘The Big Chill’ Revolutionized the Music and Advertising Industries

Motown Records stumbled into the 1980s from the ‘70s, watching its greatest hitmakers return to the charts via other labels — Diana Ross at RCA, Marvin Gaye at Columbia and, of course, Michael Jackson and his brothers at Epic. Its fortunes perked up a bit in 1982 with hits from Lionel Richie and DeBarge, but […]
Tags: News, Lionel Richie, Motown records, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Columbia, Berry Gordy, Motown, Debarge, The Big Chill, Advertising Industries

Ethiopia Habtemariam on Motown’s Legacy and Future

Music fans have their own entry point to one of Motown’s many eras. For Ethiopia Habtemariam, a seasoned industry veteran who became president of the label in 2014, that experience came when she was growing up in Atlanta, where her immigrant parents played Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder around the house. But it’s also rooted […]
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Critic’s Pick: Review: An All-Star Team in the Temptations Musical ‘Ain’t Too Proud’

This shrewdly assembled show, directed by Des McAnuff, considers the interchangeability of a crew of Motown’s finest, though there’s plenty of star shine, too.
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Big Boi Lands Role of Berry Gordy in Bobby DeBarge Documentary…

NEWSFLASH!!! Antwan “Big Boi” Patton has landed a role in “The Bobby Debarge Story”. [READ: Big Boi Releases Official Video for “Doin’ It” ft. Sleepy Brown + Announces Dungeon Family Tour… ] Big will play legendary songwriter and Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy in the TV One biopic about infamous R&B singer Bobby Debarge. Details below… (more…) Related Posts RUMOR CONTROL: Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri Are NOT Dating Again…Big Boi Releases Visual For ‘Doin’ it’ ft. Sleepy Brown + A...
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Big Boi Lands Role of Barry Gordy in Bobby DeBarge Documentary…

NEWSFLASH!!! Antwan “Big Boi” PattonAntwan “Big Boi” Patton has landed a role in “The Bobby Debarge Story”. [READ: Big Boi Releases Official Video for “Doin’ It” ft. Sleepy Brown + Announces Dungeon Family Tour… ] Big will play legendary songwriter and Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy in the TV One biopic about infamous R&B singer Bobby Debarge. Details below… (more…) Related Posts RUMOR CONTROL: Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri Are NOT Dating Again…Big Boi Releases Visual For ‘Doin’ i...
Tags: Celebrities, News, NFL, Atlanta, Motown records, Big Boi, Janet Jackson, Berry Gordy, Michael Vick, Jermaine Dupri, Lenox, Atlanta Gossip, Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Barry Gordy, Nike Store, Big Kidz Foundation Host Holiday Shoe Giveaway

'An ad for blackness': how Soul Train made America do the Hustle

It was the ultra-hip music show that put black culture centre stage – with the enigmatic Don Cornelius as its impresario It was Aretha Franklin who made Don Cornelius realise he had hit the big time. Just two years earlier, the impresario’s show Soul Train had been a Chicago thing, broadcasting local talent to local viewers. Now it was a national sensation and even the choosiest stars wanted to get on board. Franklin told him: “My kids love the show and I want to be a part of it.” Stevie Wonder ...
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Stevie Wonder, John Legend headline Motown tribute concert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Wonder jammed with his harmonica, John Legend crooned while playing the piano and Ciara pranced onstage dressed like Rick James on Tuesday night at Motown Records’ 60th anniversary concert. Wonder closed out the all-star lineup performing more than a half-dozen songs at the “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” at the […]
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Why the 61st Annual Grammy Awards Telecast Was the Queerest, Fiercest, and the Best Yet

None Even if you didn't watch it, you knew that this year's Grammys were like any other's year's Grammy Award telecast: it was simply far, far too long.Yet that wasn't the only negative to be noted on the ceremony's 61st iteration. This time around, there were far too few awards were given out during the televised portion, several acceptance speech winners were played off (and twice abruptly cut off), one of the night's big winners wasn't even there (Childish Gambino/Donald Glover), and Recordi...
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New Music: Marvin Gaye “My Last Chance” (SalaAm ReMi Remix)

Motown Records recently announced that Marvin Gaye’s “lost” album You’re The Man will finally be released on March 29. The unreleased project was expected to follow his classic LP What’s Going On, but never saw the light of day. It will still include all of the recordings from the iconic singer’s original sessions in 1972. This week Motown released the SalaAm ReMi-assisted remix of “My Last Chance.” Stream after the jump… Related: Black Thought & Salaam Remi Perform “Conception” on ‘...
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Capitol Music Group Names Emmanuelle Cuny SVP of Video Production

Capitol Music Group (CMG) has named Emmanuelle Cuny senior vice president of video production. She will  oversee the making of music videos and other visual content for CMG artists working across multiple labels. Cuny will be based out of the Capitol Tower in Los Angeles. Cuny arrives from Atlantic Records, where her credits include all of Cardi […]
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Motown Records Names Marc Byers General Manager

Marc Byers has been named to the newly created position of General Manager, Motown Records, it was announced today by the label’s President Ethiopia Habtemariam, to whom Byers reports. According to the announcement, the entrepreneur and executive will be based in Hollywood at the Capitol Tower and will oversee the label’s day-to-day operations and work closely with […]
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3 things to do at Southern California casinos this week (Jan. 18 – 24)

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino  The Temptations and the Four Tops, two legendary vocal groups that got their start in the heyday of Motown Records, will perform together at Fantasy Springs on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Temptations have had 14 No. 1 R&B singles and have sold 16 million albums. They’re known for such songs as “My Girl,” “Get Ready” and “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.” The Four Tops have also had a number of famous chart toppers, including “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sug...
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Aretha Franklin: Context, Intersectionality, and the Rock Canon

None Let's face it, the established canon of popular music, especially from the mid-20th century on, is dominated by rock and white male artists: the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. How does Aretha Franklin fit into this canon, and what challenges can she pose to it, as one of the few women of color whom it has unequivocally embraced? Franklin fits within a prescribed framework of artists of color and female artists, as tied to specific contexts, including social mov...
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Detroit music [quiz]

Detroit is known as the birthplace of Motown Records, but there’s more to the musical history of the city than just that, due to the key role of the public schools in music training, the impact on music of the auto companies and the media, and the huge variety of ethnic music-making across Detroit’s 139 square miles. Test your knowledge of this unique city’s music history with our quiz.  Featured image credit: A 1960s RECORD SHOP. LIVERPOOL UK by Ronald Saunders. CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr.The pos...
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Wah Wah Watson, Guitarist Whose Sound Was Everywhere, Dies at 67

He worked the wah-wah pedal with prodigious and playful subtlety on songs by the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Maxwell, Herbie Hancock and many others.
Tags: News, Motown records, Deaths (Obituaries, Pop and Rock Music, Funk Brothers, Ragin, Wah Wah Watson, Melvin (Wah Wah Watson) (1950-2018, Marvin Gaye Maxwell Herbie Hancock

New Music: Matt Ox Feat. Chief Keef “Jetlag”

Young rap sensation Matt Ox recently inked a deal with Motown Records and has a project releasing next week (Oct. 30). To keep his streak going, he links with Chief Keef for a new single. “Jetlag” follows up his previous two releases, “Zero Degrees” and “Awesome” with Valee, with all three records set to appear on the forthcoming project. As for the Glo Gang head honcho, he’s been keeping busy, having released a new track “Action Figures” earlier in the month, as well as his The Cozart mixtap...
Tags: Jazz, Motown records, Chief Keef, New Music, Keef, Cozart, Valee, Matt Ox

Motown Guitarist Melvin Ragin Dead At 67

Melvin Ragin, the longtime Motown Records studio guitarist who was better known as Wah Wah Watson, has died. Rolling Stone reports that Ragin died yesterday at a hospital in Santa Monica. No cause of death has been revealed yet. Ragin was 67. More »
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‘Queen Of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dies At 76

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance ...
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Soul Serenade: The Chairmen Of The Board, “Give Me Just A Little More Time”

I spend a lot of time traveling in my car between my current home in Rhode Island and my former home state of New Jersey. Last summer, I was delighted when SiriusXM added a channel called Carolina Shag which played the best of Carolina Beach Music. Unfortunately, after the summer SiriusXM removed the station from the radio airwaves and although you can still hear it online it’s just not the same as being able to listen in the car as you’re headed down the highway. If you know anything about Beac...
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Soul Serenade: The Marvelettes, “When You’re Young and in Love”

One year ago in this column, I featured Ruby and the Romantics and their 1963 smash hit “Our Day Will Come.” The record was so big that it cemented the group’s legacy all on its own. But that wasn’t the end of the Ruby and the Romantics output. They were the first to record two other songs that, while they were moderately-sized hits for Ruby and the Romantics, they were even bigger hits for the artists who covered them. In 1963, Ruby and the Romantics followed up “Our Day Will Come” with the ori...
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Watch Big Sean’s History Channel TV Doc ‘Detroit’

Executive produced by Big Sean, the History Channel premiered it’s 40-minute television documentary ‘Detroit: Comeback City’ this past weekend. Chronicling how Michigan’s capital went from the engine of American capitalism to a city of ruins that is now on the cusp of an exciting rebirth. The story of the city is told by real natives who recount the stories of their relatives who helped build the birthplace of Motown Records and the country. Among the interview subjects are Alice Cooper, Profe...
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Soul Serenade: The New Birth, “Wildflower”

In 1972, a Canadian band called Skylark had a big hit with a song called “Wildflower.” The song was written by band member Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson, who was a friend of Skylark founder and future music business giant David Foster. The original version of “Wildflower” made it into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 21 weeks. “Wildflower” is the kind of majestic ballad that begs for covers and sure enough, there have been many of them. Among the artists who h...
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Joe Jackson Passes Away At Age 89

The patriarch of the legendary Jackson family, Joe Jackson, died at the age of 89 in Las Vegas. Jackson was battling stage-four terminal pancreatic cancer and suffered a stroke in 2015 along with numerous medical complications. However, no official cause of death has been determined yet. Joe is credited for creating the Jackson 5 and orchestrating their life-changing deal with Motown Records, which ultimately catapulted his son Michael Jackson and other children to stardom. Continue below… ...
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Joe Jackson, Jackson Family Patriarch, Dies at 89

Joe Jackson, the iron-fisted patriarch and manager of an American musical dynasty that included the hit-making Motown Records group the Jackson 5 (later the Jacksons), its megastar lead singer Michael Jackson and soloist sister Janet Jackson, has died according to his grandchildren. He was 89. TMZ was first to report the news of Joe Jackson’s […]
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Album Stream: Ne-Yo ‘GOOD MAN’

Since the release of Non Fiction three years ago, Ne-Yo has stepped away from music to get married and welcoming his third child. The Grammy Award-winning singer now returns, with his seventh studio album, GOOD MAN. The 20-track deluxe edition is lead by the singles “Good Man,” “Push Back,” and “Apology.” PARTYNEXTDOOR, Romeo Santos, Bebe Rexha, Eric Bellinger, Stefflon Don, Candice Boyd and Sam Hook makes guest appearances on the album, out everywhere now. Released via Motown Records, get ...
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Listen to Marvin Gaye sing "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" in an isolated vocal track

Most songs aren't as good when the instrumentals are stripped out, but Marvin Gaye's vocals in "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" are so powerful and haunting that they don't need accompaniment. From Open Culture: Marvin Gaye’s mega-hit, "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," turns 50 this year. Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight got the first cracks at the now iconic Barrett Strong-Norman Whitfield tune, but Gaye’s 1968 rendition is the famous one, the bestselling Motown single of the decade....
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