Motown

  1. Universal Motown Republic and Island Def Jam Announce New Structure, Layoffs Taking Place Today

    June 17, 2011 4:10 PM EDT In the wake of Sylvia Rhone's departure from Universal Motown last month, Universal Motown Republic Group and Island Def Jam Music Group today announced a new centralized back-office structure and a "mandate to dramatically increase arti ...

  2. Motown Is Not Folding, Universal Executives Insist

    June 08, 2011 6:47 PM EDT Although Universal-Motown recording artist Erykah Badu tweeted that "Motown folded" on Wednesday afternoon, top executives at Universal told Billboard.biz that although the label is undergoing restructuring the the wake of Sylvia Rhone&# ...

  3. It's Official: Sylvia Rhone Leaves Universal Motown -- But May Remain at Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 6:27 PM EDT It's official: As speculated by Billboard.biz yesterday , Sylvia Rhone has left her post at Universal Motown -- but she may not be leaving Universal Music Group. According to sources, Rhone is still waiting on the final details of a new posit ...

  4. Sylvia Rhone, Ron Fair Expected to Exit in Forthcoming Universal Music Shuffle

    May 19, 2011 10:25 PM EDT The drumbeat is getting louder that Sylvia Rhone will exit Universal Motown Friday (May 20) or within the next few days, depending on which source you listen to. But does that departure mean the end of her days at the Universal Music Group, as som ...

  5. 1000 No. 1s: Which Record Labels Have Ruled The Billboard Hot 100?

    February 18, 2011 7:30 AM EST A word cloud reflecting the percentage of songs in the Billboard Hot 100's first 1000 No. 1 songs -- click here for a larger version, and head here for a list of all labels with more than four No. 1 songs. This week, Billboard published " ...

  6. 1000 No. 1s: Breakdown By Record Label

    February 16, 2011 6:57 AM EST Here is a list of the total number of No. 1 songs each label scored on the Billboard Hot 100's '1000 No. 1s.' Only labels with four or more No. 1 songs were tallied. Columbia: 97 Capitol: 52 RCA: 52 Atlantic: 49 Epic: 42 Motown/Univ ...

  7. R&B Singer Teena Marie, Dead at 54

    December 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST A publicist says singer Teena Marie, who made history as Motown's first white act, has died at age 54. The confirmation came Sunday from publicist Jasmine Vega, who worked with Teena Marie on her last album. Her manager, Mike Gardner, also co ...

  8. Doo-wop star, Motown Executive Harvey Fuqua Dies

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Harvey Fuqua , a former doo-wop star with the Moonglows who went on to launch Marvin Gaye 's career as well as his comeback, died in Detroit on Tuesday (July 6), the Motown Alumni Association said. He was 80. He succumbed to what an associati ...

  9. Carpenters Lead Guitarist Tony Peluso Dies

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tony Peluso, the lead guitarist with the Carpenters for 12 years and a successful Motown and Latin music producer, died June 5 of heart disease in Los Angeles. He was 60. Peluso got his start as musical director for Bobby Sherman, played guitar fo ...

  10. Temptations Singer Ali-Ollie Woodson Dies

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown quintet the Temptations in the 1980s and '90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including "Treat Her Like a Lady," has died, a friend said. He was 58. Woodso ...

  11. @SXSW: Smokey Robinson Delivers Keynote

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Motown legend Smokey Robinson delivered the keynote address on Thursday (March 18) for this year's South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, entertaining a bleary-eyed crowd of attendees with stories about meeting Berry Gordy, starting Mot ...

  12. NAACP Salutes Clarence Avant

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music industry pioneer Clarence Avant will be inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame at the organization's 41st annual Image Awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Feb. 26 on Fox. "Mr. Avant ...

  13. Top Producers Spin Unique Tributes On 'Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite'

    August 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As a tribute to Michael Jackson and his early work, Universal Motown Records has tapped an all-star group of producers to put a new spin on the late pop star's catalog. "Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite" features 25 remixes of Jacks ...

  14. Michael Jackson Still Reigns In Europe

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the second time in recent weeks, one Michael Jackson compilation succeeds another at the top of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums, as "King of Pop" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) resumes its reign at No. 1. Meanwhile, Pitbull ...

  15. Drake Signing Sparks Skirmish At Universal

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There's a glitch in the Universal matrix and it involves Drake. Earlier this summer, Billboard.biz reported that while sources predicted the Toronto-raised rapper was likely to sign with Universal Motown, 22-year-old Drake inked a deal direct ...

  16. Michael Jackson Memorial Service Speakers Revealed

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Usher and Stevie Wonder are among the confirmed participants at Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The announce ...

  17. Michael Jackson Saluted At ASCAP Awards

    June 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tributes continued to pour in for Michael Jackson during the weekend following his death June 25. Before officially launching the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards (June 26, Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles), president/chairman Paul Wi ...

  18. Michael Jackson: King Of The Pop Charts

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's impact on pop music history is impossible to overstate. The 1982 album "Thriller," the singer's career-defining release, has sold 28 million albums in the U.S. according to the Recording Industry Association o ...

  19. Original Signal Signs Marketing/Distro Deal With Universal

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Original Signal Recordings and Universal Motown Records have entered a partnership under which the Universal imprint will provide select marketing and promotional services for certain OSR releases, while the major's indie distributor Fontana ...

  20. Motown's Funk Brothers Drummer Uriel Jones Dies

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Motown drummer Uriel Jones, whose hard-driving funk propelled classic tunes by the Temptations and Marvin Gaye, died in a Michigan hospital on Tuesday after suffering complications from a heart attack, a family member said. He was 74. Jones, the l ...

  21. Motown Team To Be Honored With Mercer Award

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland - that's Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland - will receive the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the 2009 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards dinner on June 18 at the New York Marriott M ...

  22. Lucky Seven For Swift While 'Notorious' Debuts

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . . . Can you name the last album to spend as many weeks at the top? . . . The first top 10 debut of the year comes in the form of the soundtrack to " ...

  23. Motown Joins 'Now' Series

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The latest edition of the "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise will pay tribute to Motown's 50th anniversary. "Now That's What I Call Motown" will feature 25 R&B/soul classics from the legendary label. T ...

  24. Hallmark, Motown Link For Valentine's Day CD

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Hallmark Cards Inc. will extend its lineup of seasonal and themed CDs with "Heart & Soul--Celebrating 50 Years of Motown," Billboard.biz has learned exclusively. The 2009 Valentine's Day CD will offer a selection of 10 classic s ...

  25. Veteran Label Exec Jheryl Busby Dies

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Motown president/CEO Jheryl Busby died today (Nov. 4) in Malibu, Calif. The Los Angeles native was 59 years old. The cause of death is tentatively accidental death due to drowning; the results of an autopsy will be announced later this week ...

  26. Four Tops Vocalist Levi Stubbs Dies At 72

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arguably the most powerful voice in Motown's storied history has been silenced. Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, Jr., died today (Oct. 17) at his home in Detroit after a long series of illnesses -- including cancer and a stroke -- that forc ...

  27. Morris Receives City Of Hope Award

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a presentation that was both moving and jubilant, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Doug Morris received the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award Wednesday night (Oct. 14) at a benefit dinner that raised a record $10 million for the Duarte, Calif ...

  28. Public Vote For "Motown 50" Compilation

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Motown Records Group is marking 50 years of its Motown label with various releases and events leading up to the Jan. 2009 anniversary of the company. Now it has emerged that the public will get to vote on the track-listing of the "M ...

  29. Motown Legend Norman Whitfield Dies

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Motown producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield, who had a hand in such iconic songs as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," died yesterday (Sept. 16) in Los Angeles at the age of 65. Whitfield has ...

  30. Peak Unveils R&B Newcomer Jones, Signs All-4-One

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Drawing comparisons to such blue-eyed soul singers as Teena Marie, newcomer Leigh Jones is ready to test the waters with her Peak Records/Concord Music Group debut, “Music in My Soul” (Sept. 9). Jones (whose first name is pronounced “lee”) had bee ...

  31. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Motown, Essence Festival, Wyclef

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Brooklyn, NY-based Purpose Music Group has signed a digital distribution and marketing agreement with San Francisco-based InGrooves . The first Purpose digital release under the new pact will be Angela Johnson's "Let Me Know" feat ...

  32. Belle Makes Gospel Debut

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Regina Belle segues into gospel with the May 13 release of "Love Forever Shines." The new album also marks the re-launch of industry veteran Ruben Rodriguez' Pendulum Records, distributed now by Universal Music Gro ...

  33. Jackson Bests Janet To Top Billboard 200

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country star Alan Jackson scores his fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his new set "Good Time." The Arista Nashville set sold 119,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His last studio set, 2006's Alis ...

  34. Universal Motown, Hearst Partner For 'Prom'

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Motown and Hearst Magazines Digital Media are partnering for the first time to present "The Ultimate Prom," a multi-platform, interactive promotion. Universal Motown artists Jojo, Lloyd, Suai and Jada -- as well as a surprise m ...

  35. UMRG Names Marolda CFO

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Motown Republic Group (UMRG) has named George Marolda CFO. Based in New York, Marolda will report to UMRG chairman Mel Lewinter. In his new role, Marolda will oversee all financial functions of the label group, including planning, foreca ...

  36. Gordy, Jimmy Jam Honored For Accomplishments

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST In honor of their industry accomplishments, Motown Records founder/chairman Berry Gordy Jr. and award-winning songwriter/producer Jimmy Jam were saluted during a luncheon today (Feb. 8). Presented by Universal/Motown, EMI and a new consortium name ...

  37. Children's Label Bingo Links With Red

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Children's music label Bingo Records will begin distributing their catalogue through Red, the indie distribution arm of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The first record released under the new deal will be Beatles Hits For Kids and Motown Hits F ...

  38. Music World Entertainment Expands Staff

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music World Entertainment, headed by president/CEO Mathew Knowles, has appointed three new members to its executive staff: Lynn Scott, VP of marketing; Jennifer Carlson, VP of digital strategy and emerging technologies; and Penny Lazo, national di ...

  39. Wright Named Senior VP At Universal Republic

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Elise Wright has been appointed senior VP of urban music for Universal Republic Records. She reports to Monte Lipman, president and CEO of the label. Wright most recently served as VP of marketing for Universal Motown, a position she took in 2005. ...

  40. Promotion Exec Ronnie Johnson Dies

    December 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Capitol Music Group's executive VP of urban music Ronnie Johnson died December 30 of a heart attack. Johnson began his music industry career in 1989 at Reprise Records as Southwest regional R&B promotion manager. He steadily moved up the ...

  41. Wright Named Senior VP At Universal Republic

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Elise Wright has been named senior VP of urban music at Universal Republic Records, a newly-created position. Wright reports directly to the label's president and CEO Monte Lipman. Previous positions for Wright include VP of marketing, VP of ...

  42. Songwriter Valerie Simpson Elected To ASCAP Board

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has elected songwriter and recording artist Valerie Simpson, a director. A songwriter for more than four decades, Simpson and her longtime songwriting part ...

  43. Zamot Named Senior VP Of Publicity At Uni Motown

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tracy Zamot has been appointed senior VP of publicity and media relations for Universal Motown Records. Based in New York Zamot will report to Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal Motown Records and Andrew Kronfeld, GM of the label. Prior to joini ...

  44. Songwriter Miller Dies At 74

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Ron Miller, whose tunes included pop classics "Touch Me in the Morning" and "For Once in My Life," has died. He was 74. Miller died Monday of cardiac arrest at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after a long battle wit ...

  45. NARM Coverage: UMGD Highlights Upcoming Releases

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Mya, country-pop artist Taylor Swift and Canadian singer/songwriter Feist performed as part of the Universal Music Group Distribution's product presentation today at the NARM Convention in Chicago. The 90-minute session highlig ...

  46. Motown Gets A Latin Remix

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Producers Andres Levin, Boy Wonder and Toy Hernandez are among those behind the boards of Motown Remixed Volume 2, a compilation of classic Motown hits given the Latin dance floor treatment scheduled for a May 22 release. The Universal set is exec ...

  47. Industry Vet Tom Noonan Dies

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST He was 78. Tom Noonan, 78, who was a Billboard institution during his 30-plus year tenure with the magazine, died Sunday (Oct. 29) in Los Angeles. He had been battling bladder cancer for more than a year. The enthusiastic Noonan punctuated his Bil ...

  48. RCA Music Group Promotes Williams

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Named senior VP of rhythm/crossover. Michael Williams has been named senior VP of rhythm/crossover for RCA Music Group. Williams will continue to report to Richard Palmese, executive VP of promotion for RCA Music Group, and will be based in Los An ...

  49. Universal Motown Boosts Marella To Senior VP

    September 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most previously VP of promotion for the label. Gary Marella has been appointed senior VP of promotion and video for Universal Motown. Marella reports to Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal Motown Records, and is based in New York. Previously, Mar ...

  50. Uni Motown Names Urban Promotion VP

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Wilson exits Atlantic for role. Colleen Wilson has been appointed VP of urban promotions for Universal Motown Records. She reports to Michael Horton, senior VP of urban promotions for Universal Motown Records Group, and is based in New York. " ...

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