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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.
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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...
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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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Hear Marvin Gaye Sing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” A Capella: The Haunting Isolated Vocal Track

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. Gaye’s former brother-in-law, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, is perhaps the only one who wasn’t impressed, refusing to believe it could be a viable single until its enthusiastic reception by radio DJs and t...
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Album Stream: Rich Homie Quan ‘Rich As In Spirit’

After dealing with past label drama, Rich Homie Quan signed with Motown Records last year. With the legal issues out of the way and off his shoulders, the Atlanta rapper drops his long-awaited and official debut album Rich As In Spirit. Coming in at 19 tracks, Rich As In Spirit is a personal project from RHQ, as he shines solo throughout the album. Rick Ross serves as the only guest feature on it, contributing a guest verse on “Think About It.” Out now on iTunes, stream the full album below...
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New Video: Zaytoven Feat. Ty Dolla Sign, Jeremih & OJ Da Juiceman “What You Think”

Zaytoven’s debut album is expected to arrive later this year, via his new deal with Motown Records. The Atlanta producer got the campaign started last month with the single “What You Think,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih and OJ Da Juiceman. Zay Tiggy now returns with a music video for the track, directed by Gabriel Hart. The visual is not-your-average party, running from sunrise to sunset outdoors with a handful of pretty women and old school classics. Watch Zay, Ty $, ‘Mih and Juiceman h...
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New Music: Zaytoven Feat. Ty Dolla Sign, Jeremih & OJ Da Juiceman “What You Think”

Zaytoven is preparing to release his studio debut album later this year, after signing with Motown Records back in September 2017. The hitmaking Atlanta producer/artist is back with a new single, featuring a few familiar names. On “What You Think,” Zay is joined by Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih and OJ Da Juiceman. The new club banger follows last year’s “Wake Up & Cook Up” with Quavo and 2 Chainz. Out now in select overseas markets, “What You Think” will be available on iTunes in North America at m...
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Motown's 7 most successful music artists, from Stevie Wonder to The Jackson 5

The culture-shifting sensation that was Motown music began in January 1959, when Berry Gordy Jr. founded Tamla Records in Detroit, Michigan.  After Gordy incorporated the name "Motown Records" in 1960, the label and its subsidiaries would usher in the careers of a number of legendary artists, including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Diana Ross, along with decades of soul and R&B classics. From its first major hit with Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "Shop Around" in 1960, Motown utilized a prol...
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Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)”

I’ve written more about the Temptations in this column than probably any other group or solo artist. I’ve spoken of my love for David Ruffin and the entire classic lineup. I didn’t say original lineup because Ruffin was not an original member of the Temptations. He replaced Elbridge Bryant in 1964. But the passing of Dennis Edwards, who, in turn, replaced Ruffin in 1968, is something that I cannot ignore. To be honest, I resented Edwards when he first joined the Tempts. I was such a fan of Ruffi...
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Industry Insiders Tell Refinery29 What It Will Really Take To Get More Women In Music

The beginning of 2018 highlighted yet another area of the entertainment industry that's suffering from some vast gender inequality: music. While the dominance of female pop stars like Beyoncé or Ariana Grande might make it seem as though women run the music world, in comparison to men, the big picture numbers are shockingly low. A recent USC study revealed that only 16% of chart-topping artists over the past six years were women, and behind the scenes, the gender ratio of male producers to fema...
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Dazzled by Detroit: how Motown got its groove back

The Motor City is finding its rhythm again with a cultural scene that embraces home-grown talent, a deluge of new bars and restaurants – and a love of live music that’s timelessThey have a saying down here, in southern Michigan: “Nothing stops Detroit.” It’s a good moniker for the city. Beaten down, bankrupt, riddled with crime, Detroit was, for many years, the butt of a joke. Not any more. Recently voted by Lonely Planet as one of the hottest cities to visit in 2018, Detroit has transformed its...
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Epic Records Names Ezekiel Lewis EVP of A&R

Epic Records has appointed Ezekiel “Zeke” Lewis Executive Vice President of A&R. Based in Los Angeles, Lewis reports directly to Sylvia Rhone, president of the Epic Records label. Lewis is a Grammy-winning songwriter with a background in publishing, production and A&R. He is tasked with A&R duties of select Epic artists. The Epic roster includes […]
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Republic Records Names Nigil Mack VP of Urban A&R

Nigil Mack has been named vice president of Urban A&R at Republic Records reporting to EVP Rob Stevenson and EVP/Head of Urban A&R, Wendy Goldstein. Mack started his A&R career at Motown in 2007. He signed rapper Kid Cudi in 2009 after which he was brought on as senior director of A&R at Republic Records in 2011. He remained at Republic for four […]
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