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22 Lost Motown Classics That Deserve To Be Rediscovered

The Huffington Post | Ashley Woods | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices

When it comes to songs about first love, true love and heartbreak, we go back, again and again, to a record label that took its heart and soul from De...

Really Got a Hold on His Dreams: Charl Brown on Becoming Smokey Robinson, Never Giving Up and Beyoncé

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Dustin Fitzharris

Charl Brown had to postpone his birthday trip by a few days because he had to audition once again for the role of Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical. Bright and early on the day after Memorial Day, Brown received the call that he had landed his first starring role on Broadway.

Major Motown Honor In The Works

AP | Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Ebony magazine's celebration of its "Power 100" list will have a Motown vibe — Berry Gordy is being honored with a lif...

Not Stopping That United Sound: Highway Threatens Detroit's Motown Studio

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 11.11.2013 | Detroit
National Trust for Historic Preservation

United Sound System: it's where Detroit got its Motown sound. One of the first independent recording studios in the U.S., United Sound was where Berry Gordy Jr. first produced his Motown record and Aretha Franklin recorded the vocals to "Freeway of Love."

The Day 'Dancing In The Street' Made Martha Reeves A Worldwide Star

Posted 08.27.2013 | Black Voices

Summer's here, and the time is right.. When Martha Reeves joined Motown Records, it wasn't because owner Berry Gordy thought she had the chops ...

WATCH: How The Motown Empire Began With Just $800

OWN | Posted 07.02.2013 | OWN

By 1959, Berry Gordy had become known for his songwriting talent, helping churn out hit after hit for popular performer Jackie Wilson. But Gordy had h...

We're Missing You, MJ

Chris Williams | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Williams

Four years ago, the untimely passing of Michael Jackson sent a shockwave through the entire globe. Many tears were shed by his adoring fans. Impromptu celebrations transpired across the world to honor his grand memory.

WATCH: A Rare Look Inside Motown's Private Meetings

OWN | Posted 06.18.2013 | OWN

As the legendary founder of Motown, Berry Gordy is the mastermind behind some of music's biggest names and hit records -- but he didn't do it all on h...

Theater: Motown: The Musical a Missed Opportunity

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.18.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Who wants to see the ugly backside of a record label? The book by Berry Gordy -- based on his own, self-serving memoir -- is filled with deals and contracts. What you don't see is the artistic birth of a song, the famous molding of acts or singers coming into their own.

First Nighter: Motown: The Musical Gives the Customers What They Came For

David Finkle | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Maybe Motown: The Musical would have been best off not as part reality-show Dreamgirls but as a straight-out Motortown Revue 2013, which it almost is anyway.

Motown Goes To Church

Posted 04.08.2013 | Black Voices

This week legendary record label, Motown Records announced the launch of its newest label in conjunction with EMI Gospel simply titled, Motown Gospel....

Musical Celebrates Motown History

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — If making your Broadway debut at age 12 doesn't sound scary enough, imagine doing it in an iconic role. Now triple it. That's what R...

LISTEN: The Best Motown Songs For Being In Love

Posted 02.14.2014 | Detroit

Those Motown crooners still really have a hold on us. From a little house on Detroit's Grand Boulevard, Berry Gordy Jr. made Motown Records one of ...

Berry Gordy's The Star Of New Chrysler Ad

AP | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 12.21.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT -- Chrysler recruited hometown star Eminem for a memorable 2011 Super Bowl ad that introduced the tagline "Imported From Detroit." The automa...

PHOTOS: Motown's Most Iconic Album Covers

Posted 11.30.2012 | Black Voices

Three years ago, music industry veteran Berry Gordy celebrated 50 years since he took out a $800 loan from his family to launch Motown Records in Detr...

Mary Wilson: 'If You Were Overexposed, You Were A Slut'

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 10.12.2012 | Style

The Supremes singer opens up about the girl group's ladylike style.

Legendary Motown Producer Of Supremes, Temptations Dies

AP | Posted 12.03.2012 | Black Voices

DUARTE, Calif. -- Motown record producer and songwriter Frank Wilson, who worked with the Supremes, the Temptations and Marvin Gaye, has died in South...

Motown Records Heads To Broadway

Posted 08.28.2012 | Black Voices

After etching his name into music history with the launch of Motown records, Berry Gordy's legacy is set to live on as a musical scheduled to hit Broa...

'Sparkle' Brings Back Motown Memories

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2012 | Detroit

* Movie about rising music stars in heyday of Motown * Film depicts a bustling city proud of its music stars * Residents...

Brennan Williams

Kem Plans To Spice Up The Holiday Season With Christmas Album

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.08.2012 | Black Voices

The luxury of maintaining relevance over the course of a decade -- while releasing just three albums -- isn't available to the average artist. But Mo...

Who Will Play A Young Michael Jackson?

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Producers of a musical based on the life of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy are seeking an exceptionally talented young actor &nda...

PHOTOS: Diana Ross' Iconic Style

Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

The month of March has been good to us, giving rise to a host of musical icons whose sense of fashion is as colorful as their sound -- from Chaka to A...

Diana Ross Turns 68: Her Iconic Style Through The Years (PHOTOS)

Posted 03.27.2012 | Black Voices

The month of March has been good to us, giving rise to a host of musical icons whose sense of fashion is as colorful as their sound -- from Chaka to A...

Ne-Yo Leaves Def Jam For Motown Records

Posted 01.25.2012 | Black Voices

Today Universal Music Group has announced the acquisition of three-time Grammy Award-winner, Ne-Yo and his label imprint, Compound Entertainment, to M...

Teena Marie: A True Soul Sister

Zondra Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Zondra Hughes

It didn't take much to fall in love with Teena Marie's music. She was a natural soul performer who swam upstream to find her success in the (then) segregated music industry.