Motown

  1. Backbeat: Backstage Kem-istry at the Gibson

    August 28, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Billboard caught up with Motown artist Kem following his Aug. 25 opening stint for the Isley Brothers and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly at Universal City’s Gibson Amphitheatre. The singer/songwriter/musician is gearing up to record his fourth a ...

  2. Frank Wilson's Chart Legacy: From the Supremes and Marvin Gaye to the Miracles & Stevie Wonder (Videos)

    October 01, 2012 2:24 PM EDT Motown producer/songwriter/artist Frank Wilson, who died on Sept. 27 after a long battle with prostate cancer, is one of the label's unsung heroes, having produced hits for almost every major Motown artist, including Diana Ross & the Supr ...

  3. Ne-Yo Talks About His Motown A&R Gig, Learning the 'Language of Executive'

    September 12, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Left to right: Universal's Barry Weiss, Ne-Yo and Motown's Ethiopia Habtemariam after announcing Ne-Yo's new role at Motown in January While walking the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, Ne-Yo took a moment to talk with Bill ...

  4. Music Attorney Paul Marshall, Who Repped EMI, PolyGram, Atlantic & More, Dies

    May 14, 2012 1:16 PM EDT Paul Marshall, the legendary music attorney who brokered some of the most significant transactions the music industry has ever seen over his fifty-plus years in the entertainment law business, died May 10 in Aventura, Florida. He was 83. Marshall& ...

  5. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Honored @ Essence Black Women in Music Gala

    February 09, 2012 10:17 AM EST Honorees Sylvia Rhone, former Motown chief, and rising icon Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) Grammy Week revved up in earnest last night (Feb. 8) with two key events; the Recording Academy's Producer ...

  6. Exclusive: Ne-Yo Joins Motown Roster, Also Appointed Senior VP of A&R

    January 24, 2012 7:24 PM EST Left to right: Barry Weiss, Ne-Yo and Ethiopia Habtemariam Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is moving from Def Jam to Motown Records, the company told Billboard.biz exclusively today. In addition, the Grammy Award-winning artist will bring his Compound Ent ...

  7. This Week in Billboard History: First Openly Gay Comedy Album Released; Is Rock Dead?

    January 24, 2012 2:30 PM EST Even before the Beatles backlash, radio programmers were resistant to "raucous" rock and roll preferring to play anodyne "sweeter, swinging sounds." - 1960: Will Rock & Roll Be Replaced by "Sensible Programming"? ...

  8. Chris Anokute Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Def Jam

    December 08, 2011 2:37 PM EST Chris Anokute, has been appointed Senior Vice President, A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group, according to an announcement by Karen Kwak, Executive Vice President / Head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. Anokute is best known for his A&R ...

  9. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  10. Industry Veteran Al Bell Launches Web Venture

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran music industry executive Al Bell has established a new company, Al Bell Presents. Bell is the former owner of Stax Records and president of Motown. The cornerstones of Al Bell Presents are a full-service Web site and "Al Bell Presents ...

  11. Grammy Foundation Awards Five Scholarships

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bimal Jaysen Rajkomar, a U.C. Davis School of Law student, won the Grammy Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative competition on Friday (Feb. 9). His winning paper argued that digital rights management schemes can be implemented without ero ...

  12. Uni Motown Names Urban Promo VP

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Madison joins from Elektra. Universal Motown has named Michelle Madison as VP of urban promotion. Madison was VP of R&B promotion at Elektra Entertainment Group, where she worked closely with Sylvia Rhone, who is now president of Motown and ex ...

  13. Kedar Massenburg Exits Motown

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT President/CEO will start new label venture. Kedar Massenburg is exiting his post as president/CEO of Motown. According to inside sources, Massenburg -- who re-signed with the label last December -- will begin a new label venture that will leverage ...

  14. Giant Step Links With Caroline Distribution

    April 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST New York-based Giant Step Records has signed a distribution deal with Caroline. The deal encompasses all Giant Step releases on CD and many on 12-inch vinyl. Giant Step will continue to work with vari New York-based Giant Step Records has signed a ...

  15. Giant Step Links With Caroline Distribution

    April 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST New York-based Giant Step Records has signed a distribution deal with Caroline. The deal encompasses all Giant Step releases on CD and many on 12-inch vinyl. Giant Step will continue to work with vari New York-based Giant Step Records has signed a ...