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 “Motown 50” album, a definitive collection that will be released on Dec. 1.
In the U.K., Universal Music has partnered with Poll The People, a Brighton-based global online polling community, to determine a track-listing for the British edition. Users can pick their top five from a suggested list of more than 200 songs by artists including Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Four Tops, the Temptations and the Supremes. Visitors to the site have also been contacting the company to suggest alternatives.
Tracks listed on www.pollthepeople.com.motown50 also link to physical releases on Amazon’s U.K. site and digital tracks on the Apple iTunes store. The site also features musicians’ top five selections, including The Cure’s Robert Smith who picked Mary Wells’ “My Guy” as his No. 1 choice. The closing date for votes is Oct. 13.
For the U.S. release, fans can vote on the official Motown site (http://classic.motown.com) for the track-listing on the American edition.