Plans in the works to celebrate Motown’s 50th
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Motown Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Sound That Changed America
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ Author : Universal Music Enterprises
As an irresistible force of social
and cultural change, Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown Records made its
mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound
that that has become one of the most significant musical
accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century.
Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5,
Lionel Richie & The Commodores, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and
The Vandellas, Gladys Knight & The Pips, their music communicated
and brought together a racially divided country and segregated society,
around the world, touching all people of all ages and race.
No other record company in history has exerted such an enormous
influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture.
With more than 180 No. 1 hit songs worldwide and counting, that
influence is still being felt today, from pop to hip-hop, Motown
celebrates the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding…
From late 2008 to the end of 2009,
Universal Music Group and EMI Music Publishing will mark the historic
Detroit label’s musical achievements with a series of initiatives.
Notably, Universal Music Enterprises will issue monthly music releases in both physical and digital formats, with bonus tracks enhancing these packages. Details will be announced as each new package approaches.
Also upcoming throughout the celebration are releases of classic Motown Television specials in a series of DVD collections and "INSIDE MOTOWN", a multi-part documentary on how the company was built.
Ready for a party, Detroit? You just bring yourself. They’ve got the music covered.
the scenes, organizers have been quietly ramping up for the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, the Detroit institution that stands as
the city’s most famous export behind the automobile.
The festivities could bring a welcome blitz of positive attention to a city that has weathered a tumultuous 2008.
still aren’t set — with many decisions still in the hands of founder
Berry Gordy Jr. — but officials with Universal Music Group and the
Motown Historical Museum expect the international celebration to roll
out early in the new year.
Duke Fakir of the Four Tops said some Motown artists have been alerted
to reserve Jan. 12 for appearances on national news programs.
"Nobody has said what’s going to happen," Fakir said Tuesday. "They’re just preparing the world for something major."
— or at least plans for plans — have been simmering since early this
year, with ongoing discussions among Gordy, Universal and the museum.
Projects in the pipeline include a series of compilation albums and a
definitive Motown documentary, years in the making by Gordy and his
associate Suzanne de Passe.
Motown will be the showpiece of
Vanity Fair’s annual music issue, expected by year’s end, with a shot
of Motown stars by renowned rock photographer Annie Leibovitz.
As for events and other milestone markers, insiders continue to await word from Gordy’s camp…
For the first time since Motown nostalgia became big business in the
early 1980s, the anniversary festivities are being linked to a distinct
date: Jan. 12, 1959, the day Gordy founded Motown’s Tamla Records with
an $800 family loan.
Earlier celebrations — including the 25th
anniversary special in 1983 that pushed Michael Jackson into the
stratosphere — were loosely tied to a starting year of 1958, when
Gordy made his first forays into independent record production…
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