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Top 10 Reasons Why Motown is Relevant for Music and the Music/Entertainment Industry of 2013

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Transcript of Top 10 Reasons Why Motown is Relevant for Music and the Music/Entertainment Industry of 2013

Qwamayne Williams Music History 1 Prof. Brent Hall Section 06 Motown was started in 1959 by Berry Gordy Jr.,a former boxer and assembly line worker, in Detroit, MI. Motown is the most successful black record label in the music industry. Source: Music Theory textbook, Chapter 8 Source: http://rockhall.com/inductees/berry_gordy_jr/bio/ When Berry Gordy first started Motown Records, he employed great songwriters to write songs for his artists. These songwriters include: Smokey Robinson, Clarence Paul, and the Holland-Dozier-Holland team. This line up writers paved the way for great black songwriters today such as Ne-Yo and Usher. Source: Music Theory textbook, Ch. 8 Source: http://www.songwriteruniverse.com/hdh.htm The music of Motown incorporated gospel, jazz, blues, rock and roll, and many other musical styles to create its signature "sound". Artists today, like Taylor Swift and Coldplay, credit the "Motown Sound" as great influences of their music. Source: http://www.telegram.com/article/20090907/NEWS/909070364/1011 Source: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/comp/various_artists_f2/the_motown_sound__a_collection_of_original_16_big_hits_vol__7/ Even without the word of mouth, you can hear the musical influence in the music of today. Take, for instance, Justin Timberlake's new single "Suit & Tie". You can clearly hear the upbeat music style of the Jackson 5 incorporated into the track. Source: http://bettylou.zzruss.com/jackson5.htm Source: http://www.last.fm/music/Justin+Timberlake Without female talents like Dianna Ross, The Supremes, The Marvelettes, Gladys Knight, and Anita Baker there would be no Destiny's Child, TLC, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and the list goes on and on. Source: http://www.telegram.com/article/20090907/NEWS/909070364/1011 Source: http://hellobeautiful.com/1631525/gladys-horton-of-the-marvelettes-dies-at-66/ Motown crossed the genre, and race barriers. R&B was considered African-American music, while Pop was considered white music. Mr. Gordy and Motown crossed these barriers. Today you see artists like Justin Timberlake, and Robin Thicke at the top of R&B/Soul charts. And on the contrary, you see Ne-Yo, and Usher at the top of the Pop charts. Source: http://www.telegram.com/article/20090907/NEWS/909070364/1011 Source: http://www.lipstickalley.com/f3/motown-records-cultural-impact-306250/ If it wasn't for Motown's involvement in breaking the racial barriers of music, then we would not have the talents, and music that we have now. White artists like Yelawolf and Eminem, who have made their marks on the hip-hop charts, would not have the platform they have now. The same goes for black artist such as Ice Tea. Source: http://www.telegram.com/article/20090907/NEWS/909070364/1011 Source: http://www.xclusiveszone.net/2011/10/yelawolf-ft-kid-rock-lets-roll/ Motown Records had a panel of people who formed a "quality control" committee. This group of people met once a week to review the music that had been made. The question Gordy would ask is, "Would you buy the record or a sandwich if you were down to your last dollar?" Record labels today still use panels like this to determine what records are good enough to release on albums and as singles. Source: http://www.telegram.com/article/20090907/NEWS/909070364/1011 Source: http://www.northernsoultrain.webspace.virginmedia.com/index/motown.html Male singing groups, such as the Temptations, the Jackson 5, the Miracles, and the Commodors all paved the way for todays male groups. Boys II Men, New Edition, and other male groups all cite the music and talent of Motown Records as major influences. Source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Motown-Turns-50.html Today Motown Records is still in existence. Although, it may not be as popular and mainstream as it was in the 60's-70's, the record label is till cranking out hits and talent. Now called Universal Motown, talent like Ne-Yo, Cory Gunz, Busta Rhymes, and Drake are on its roster. Source: http://www.ranker.com/list/universal-motown-complete-artist-roster/reference Source: http://newsone.com/1822965/which-rb-artist-has-been-appointed-vp-of-ar-for-motown-records/
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