Motown

  1. Motown Appoints Myisha Brooks Vice President of Creative Relations & Marketing

    May 12, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Motown Records has announced Myisha Brooks will be its new vice president of creative relations and marketing.  In the newly created position, Brooks will report to president Ethiopia Habtemariam, taking on responsibilities of marketing, artist de ...

  2. Universal Music Group Cutting East Coast Staff (Updated)

    April 11, 2014 6:24 PM EDT With the splitting up of the Island Def Jam Music Group into three labels, the Universal Music Group is recalibrating the staffing at its East Coast labels. While sources say about 12* staffers have been let go over the last two days, other source ...

  3. Island Def Jam Motown Reorganizes, Barry Weiss Steps Down

    April 01, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group announces that Def Jam, Island and Motown Records will function as standalone labels. Universal Music is reorganizing its Island Def Jam Motown group into three standalone labels and promoting some key executives in the ...

  4. Exclusive: Veteran Music Exec Doug Morris To Receive Songwriting Hall's Hitmaker Award

    March 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Doug Morris is not just one of the most successful record executives in history after his record-breaking stints at Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and currently as Sony Music Entertainment ceo. Related Articles Billboard Power 100 2014: ...

  5. Lucian Grainge Receives Icon Award at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala As Music Industry Looks On

    January 26, 2014 11:03 AM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston , the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And bet ...

  6. Battle Plan for a Breakout Year: John Newman

    January 24, 2014 2:30 PM EST BATTLE PLAN British soul-pop newcomer John Newman bowed at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 with the stateside release of his debut LP "Tribute." Here’s how the singer-songwriter and the team at his U.S. label, Republic, did it. 8 MONTHS AGO ...

  7. U.K. TV Producers Plotting Drama Based on Motown Classics

    January 14, 2014 2:27 AM EST Plans are afoot for 10-part musical TV drama show "Stop! In The Name of Love," centered on the iconic sounds of Motown anthems. The show is being developed by a group of heavyweight U.K. backers and producers. British independent product ...

  8. Backbeat: Grammy Museum Honors Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson

    November 13, 2013 2:01 PM EST Motown legends Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson were the inaugural honorees of the Grammy Museum’s first annual Architects of Sound Awards gala (Nov. 11). Held at the museum and Club Nokia at the L.A. Live complex, the dinner/concert event raised ...

  9. Backbeat: City Of Hope Honors CAA’s Rob Light

    September 20, 2013 11:24 AM EDT “A giant cocktail party.” That’s how some folks described the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Gala honoring Creative Artists Agency’s head of music and managing partner Rob Light. (L-R) TV personality Randy Jackson, attorney Lee Phillips, and musi ...

  10. Michael Alexander Promoted to SVP of International, Island Def Jam, Motown and Republic Records

    September 09, 2013 3:57 PM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has promoted Michael Alexander to senior vice president of Island Def Jam, International, Motown, and Republic Records, announced chairman and CEO of the company's East Coast labels (which include all the aforeme ...

  11. Disney 'Teen Beach Movie' Revives Girl Groups, Rockabilly & '60s Surf Rock

    July 16, 2013 7:05 AM EDT The Disney Channel is trying something new with its latest musical film, a period piece. "Teen Beach Movie," which premieres July 19, steps back in time to the 1962 world of surfers, greasers, the beginnings of Motown and the Beach B ...

  12. Berry Gordy, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith, More Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Event

    June 14, 2013 6:12 PM EDT NEW YORK -- The Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner is pretty much the do of the year for the music publishing industry, and in addition to virtually everyone who’s anyone in the executive side of that world, there’s always a jaw-dropping array of l ...

  13. UMe, Muve Music Launch Motown Campaign

    June 06, 2013 8:53 AM EDT Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) and digital music service Muve Music are teaming up to celebrate the Motown legacy. Each week in June, Black Music Month, classic music as well as special commentary by founding artists of the iconic label will ...

  14. Backbeat: Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, David Geffen, More Attend Broadway Premiere of Motown Musical

    April 15, 2013 12:03 PM EDT Stars and executives alike turned out en masse to the opening night of "Motown: The Musical" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in Manhattan Sunday night, catching the premiere of the legendary record label's story as it hit the Broadw ...

  15. George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell Talk 'Finding The Funk' - and Getting Paid for It - at SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2013 7:08 PM EDT 3 1.003 k 45 8 0 What began -- on paper, at least -- as a discussion on the documentary "Finding the Funk" by producers Nelson George and Arthur Baker (who moderated the conversation) quickly ran off the rails and became as much an exploration o ...

  16. Lloyd Charmers, Jamaican Musician and Producer, Passes

    December 31, 2012 12:10 PM EST Lloyd Charmers, an accomplished singer, pianist/organist and producer who played a significant role in popularizing reggae in England throughout a career that spanned six decades, suffered a heart attack on Thursday Dec. 27 while driving himself t ...

  17. Backbeat: Julie Greenwald, Kathy Willard, Julie Swidler, Many More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    December 03, 2012 4:28 PM EST All Together Now: Billboard's 2012 Women In Music honorees, present at the ceremony on Friday (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard's annual Women in Music ceremony draws an incredible crowd every year, and as you can see from the photos belo ...

  18. Video: 'Motown: The Musical' Preview With Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, Smokey Robinson

    December 03, 2012 4:13 PM EST "For years people said if I didn't do something on Broadway that I should see a psychiatrist…and so I'm here," so says Motown Records founder Berry Gordy in a new video (below) entitled "An Inside Look at "Motown: The ...

  19. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World

    November 30, 2012 2:00 AM EST Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro ) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others. When executives of CBS Recor ...

  20. Pete Bennett, Legendary Promotion Man for Beatles, Stones, Many More, Dead at 77

    November 27, 2012 4:44 PM EST Pete Bennett -- the promotion man who famously worked with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Steven Tyler, Sam Cooke and many others -- died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day. He was 77. Born May 11, 1935 in the Bronx, Bennett was be ...

  21. Ne-Yo, Ethiopia Habtemariam Talk 'R.E.D.' Album, His Universal Motown A&R Job

    November 06, 2012 8:00 AM EST "I pride myself on being the type of artist who can work half in the R&B world and half in the pop world." That was one of Ne-Yo's first messages to industry colleagues who attended his intimate showcase at New York's Joe&# ...

  22. Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Sony/ATV Win Big at 60th BMI Country Awards

    October 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Big winners: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Tom T. Hall and Luke Laird attend the 60th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/Getty Images for BMI) "Take A Back Road" went cent ...

  23. Album Reviews: The Script, Tame Impala, Alejandro Sanz and more

    October 23, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu Producers: Mike Elizondo, Rob Cavallo, Gary Clark Jr. Warner Bros. Records Release Date: Oct. 22 Fat, powerful blues-rock that recalls five decades of various strains of Southern R&B and rock makes for a curious s ...

  24. ?uestlove, Universal Music's Harry Weinger To Teach 'Classic Albums' Course At NYU

    October 16, 2012 2:25 PM EDT An NPR intern's dismissive review of Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation..." inadvertently brings ?uestlove to the Ivory Tower Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson will soon be adding another job to his exhaustive list of titles: ...

  25. Dallas Austin Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Records

    October 15, 2012 3:20 PM EDT In the latest announcement of an established hitmaker scoring a top A&R role at a major label , the Island Def Jam Music Group announced today that veteran songwriter/producer Dallas Austin will be joining the company as a Senior Vice Presiden ...

  26. Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, NWA, The Meters Among Rock Hall Nominees

    October 04, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Rush and Deep Purple, long considered glaring oversights for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are among the finalists on this year's ballot, joining several returning names and a pair of groundbreaking rap groups. Also among the first-time nom ...

  27. Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, NWA, The Meters Among Rock Hall Nominees

    October 04, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Deep Purple and Rush, long considered glaring oversights for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are among the finalists on this year's ballot, joining several returning names and a pair of groundbreaking rap groups. Also among the first-time nom ...

  28. Larry Rosen Reflects on 30th Anniversary of Iconic Label GRP

    October 01, 2012 8:53 PM EDT GRP co-founders Larry Rosen (left) and Dave Grusin. Groundbreaking jazz label GRP Records officially began celebrating its 30th anniversary with the Sept. 25 release of "GRP 30" (Verve Music Group/Universal Music Group). The double-CD re ...

  29. TobyMac In The Driver's Seat

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT TobyMac keeps cruising with No. 1 Billboard 200 album and No. 1 Christian single. TobyMac may describe his eclectic, multigenre fusion as "music for the minivan," but it's proved to be a super-charged vehicle that consistently drive ...

  30. 'Motown: The Musical' to Open on Broadway in April

    August 27, 2012 10:20 PM EDT The Motown story is coming to Broadway next spring, with Brandon Victor Dixon playing the role of the trailblazing Detroit record label's founder Berry Gordy. Gordy and fellow producers Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris announced Monday that &qu ...

  31. 40 Under 40: Ethiopia Habtemarian

    August 02, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemarian EVP/Head of Urban Music, Universal Music Publishing Group; SVP, Motown Records Website: UMusicPub.com , Motown.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Team Leader, On Double Duty With two high-profile jobs, Ethiopia Habtemariam, 32, might ...

  32. Matt Voss Promoted to Executive Vice President of UMG's International, East Coast Labels

    July 31, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Today (July 31), Universal Music Group announced that Matt Voss has been promoted to Executive President of International, East Coast Labels. The announcement was made by Ivan Gavin, Chief Operating Officer of East Coast Lavels who Voss will repor ...

  33. Album Reviews: Michael Kiwanuka, Love and Theft, Frank Ocean

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT MICHAEL KIWANUKA Home Again Producer: Paul Butler Cherrytree/Interscope Release Date: July 17 Nearly six years after Amy Winehouse's "Rehab," young English retro-soul singers continue to emerge so regularly that it feels hard to be ...

  34. Motown, Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dead at 74

    July 16, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Prominent Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member Bob Babbitt, whose bass playing pounded through the Temptations hit "Ball of Confusion" and Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," has died. He was 74. Babbi ...

  35. Green Day: How the Year's Most Ambitious Project Came Together

    July 11, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Two hundred fifty people packed into the Tiki Bar in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2011, paying $20 a head the day before to see one of the world's biggest rock bands after an eight-month hiatus. That audience - al ...

  36. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown' Musical to Hit Broadway Next Year

    June 26, 2012 6:28 PM EDT A musical based on the life of legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is set to open on Broadway next year. Producers said Tuesday that "Motown," with 81-year-old Gordy writing his own book, will open in the spring of 2013 at a Ned ...

  37. Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench Win Big at MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 18, 2012 6:04 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen may be the new Sheepdogs -- the Canadian artist on the lips of everyone this year. The newly crowned U.S. chart-topper who signed with Scooter Braun's School Boy Records after Justin Bieber heard "Call Me Maybe" dur ...

  38. Frances Preston, Former BMI CEO and Pioneering Female Exec, Dead at 83

    June 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT (Photo: Richard Patire) Frances Williams Preston, longtime president/CEO of BMI, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a pioneering executive in the music industry, died this morning in Nashville from congestive heart failure, according t ...

  39. Backbeat: Billboard Music Awards' Raging Afterparty, With Stevie Wonder, Jordin Sparks, Wiz Khalifa, Far East Movement, More

    May 21, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa hanging out with BBMA co-executive producer Richard Beckman at the Billboard Music Awards after-party. (Photo: Jem Aswad) For many decades, Billboard has been known for its sober and succinct analysis of the music business and its rela ...

  40. Backbeat: Backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards With Irving Azoff, Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Others

    May 21, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Interscope's Dennis Dennehy (left) poses with Robin Thicke backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: Jem Aswad) It's one thing to be backstage at a show where extremely famous people are bustling in and out a few feet away from yo ...

  41. Donna Summer - In Memoriam: There Will Always Be a You

    May 18, 2012 8:44 AM EDT Donna Summer at the 1977 Billboard Music Awards (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage) Michael Paoletta was for ten years Billboard's esteemed dance/electronic music editor. He not only interviewed Donna Summer (and her producer Giorgio Moroder) o ...

  42. Pitbull, Ester Dean, Benny Blanco Share Writer Honor At BMI Pop Awards

    May 16, 2012 12:24 PM EDT (L-R): Vice President and General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations Los Angeles Barbara Cane, BMI Pop Icon Award recipient Carole King, and BMI President and CEO Del Bryant attend the 60th annual BMI Pop Awards. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Wire Image) ...

  43. Chart Moves: 'The Voice' Coaches' Albums Gain, Human Nature's 'Motown' Impact, Girls Generation Debuts

    May 03, 2012 6:27 PM EDT The Billboard 200: As we reported earlier, Jack White scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of his first solo set, Blunderbuss , with 138,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four new entries in ...

  44. Web Trends: RIP Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, TMZ Says TLC Creating Hologram Of Her

    April 25, 2012 4:31 PM EDT Google Trends: 6. aapl - Apple's stock is trending for several reasons including deeper looks into iPad, iPhone accessories, and the company at large 7. gladys knight - the Motown singer was eliminated from "Dancing With The Stars" ...

  45. Urban Promo Vet Mark Boyd Dies

    April 20, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Celebration of life services for respected urban promotion executive Mark Boyd will be held tomorrow (April 21) in Plantation, Florida at Saint Gregory Catholic Church. Boyd, who died on April 14 following a brief illness, was 52. Formerly VP of u ...

  46. Berry Gordy Remembers Dick Clark: A 'Major Force' in Pop Culture

    April 19, 2012 1:26 PM EDT Adding to the heartfelt remembrances of the late Dick Clark on Wednesday, Motown founder Berry Gordy had warm words for the influential broadcaster, whom he called a "major force in changing pop culture." Clark, the longtime "Americ ...

  47. Zach Horowitz Appointed Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group

    April 18, 2012 9:35 PM EDT Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge announced today that Zach Horowitz would be moving from his position as President and Chief Operating Officer at UMG to become the new Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group. UMPG ...

  48. Killer Tracks Artist Series To Release Sequence of Original EPs

    April 17, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Universal Publishing Production Music's Killer Tracks announced yesterday the beginning of its Killer Tracks Artist Series, which will be releasing a number of original EPs geared toward music licensing and syncs. Starting on May 22 with a 5- ...

  49. Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Ron Wood, George Clinton: Behind the Scenes at the Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

    April 15, 2012 5:24 PM EDT Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ro ...

  50. Rock Hall of Fame Pre-Parties Light Up Cleveland: Bowling With Red Hot Chili Peppers; Old-School Jam

    April 14, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Cleveland rocked on Friday night with private parties and public performances as the city geared up for its third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N' Roses, The Cure, Joan Jett Nominated for Rock and Ro ...

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