Jacksons To Be Honored as BMI Icons
will be named BMI Icons at the organization’s eighth annual Urban
Awards ceremony, to be held Thursday, September 4, in Los Angeles.
Staged at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, the event will also
salute the world’s premier r&b, rap and hip-hop songwriters,
producers and publishers by touting the most-performed urban songs of
the past year in the BMI repertoire. BMI President & CEO Del Bryant
will share hosting duties with Vice President, Writer/Publisher
Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton.
The Icon designation is given to BMI songwriters and artists who
have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music
makers.” The Jacksons will be saluted with an all-star musical tribute
during the ceremony, and join an elite group that includes James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, The Bee Gees, Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, to name a few.
One of pop music’s most influential quintets, The Jacksons blazed a
trail for r&b and pop music, creating a sound and musical image
that is emulated to this day. Hailing from Gary, Indiana, and formed in
1966, the Jackson brothers — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael
and, joining in 1976, younger brother Randy — were a true American
success story, transcending race and redefining the sound of pop and
r&b music. They were the first group to have their first four
singles hit #1, and they remain one of the most globally influential
pop and r&b groups in music. The Jackson 5 were inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In addition to being premier
recording and performing artists, the Jacksons wrote multiple hits,
including the ’80s “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” “2300 Jackson Street,” “Can You Feel It,” and “State of Shock.”
In addition to the Icon presentation, BMI will recognize the year’s
top urban songs, crowning the Urban Songwriter, Song, Producer and
Publisher of the Year award winners.
The Jacksons’ Destiny and Triumph Now Expanded Editions!
honor of its 30th anniversary, DESTINY, including two bonus tracks of
rare 12-inch disco mixes previously unavailable on CD, and TRIUMPH,
with three bonus tracks of rare 12-inch mixes also previously
unavailable on CD, will both arrive in stores August 12th on
Epic/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
evolution that began in 1976, of the classic Motown teen hitmaking
group the Jackson 5 into the independent grown-ups known forever after
on Epic Records as the Jacksons – was a transition that did not happen
overnight. But there is universal agreement that by the time they
released their third album for their new label, 1978’s Destiny (with
the worldwide hits “Blame It On The Boogie” and “Shake Your Body”),
followed by 1980’s Triumph, the first RIAA platinum album of their
career – both LPs self-produced for the first time, and (mainly)
self-penned – the transition was complete.
“Three decades after its initial release,” writes Ernest Hardy of
Destiny, “it’s still fresher – more potent, more substantive within its
sturdy R&B/pop structure – than most of what you hear playing on
the radio or streaming on the net today.” In honor of its 30th
anniversary, DESTINY, including two bonus tracks of rare 12-inch disco
mixes previously unavailable on CD, and TRIUMPH, with three bonus
tracks of rare 12-inch mixes also previously unavailable on CD, will
both arrive in stores August 12th on Epic/Legacy, a division of SONY
BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
DESTINY and TRIUMPH represent the first expanded editions ever issued
by Legacy on the Jacksons, from their catalog of seven original studio
and live albums on Epic between 1976 (The Jacksons) and 1989 (2300
Jackson Street). They follow the February 2008 release of the two-disc
CD+DVD 25th anniversary expanded edition of Michael Jackson’s THRILLER,
which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide so far this year.
Michael, celebrating his 50th birthday on August 29th, and the Jacksons
will be among the focal points of Universal/Motown’s 50th anniversary
campaign this fall.