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Motown 50th Anniversary Celebration Begins
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 11, 2008

Motown #1’s in stores Now

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MOTOWN in stores January 13





The official Motown 50th celebration kicked off this week with the release of "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," a 10-disc set housed in a package designed to look like the company's original Hitsville U.S.A. headquarters in Detroit.  

In addition,  NOW That’s What I Call Motown is the latest release from the hugely successful NOW That’s What I Call Music! series, which has collectively scanned over 70 million units in the U.S. over the last decade. The album will be released on CD and digitally on January 13.

NOW That’s What I Call Motown features 25 of the most beloved, timeless classics, R&B and soul tracks from some of the greatest music artists of all-time, with its release marking the legendary label’s 50th anniversary since Berry Gordy established the original “Hitsville U.S.A.” at 2648 West Brand Boulevard in his hometown of Detroit.


The tracks include Barrett Strong “Money (That’s What I Want)” (co-written by Gordy), The Miracles “Shop Around” (the label’s very first R&B #1 in 1961), The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (its first Pop #1), Mary Wells “My Guy,” The Temptations “My Girl” and “I Can’t Get Next to You,” The Supremes “Stop in the Name of Love” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” Marvin Gaye “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “Let’s Get It On,” Smokey Robinson & the Miracles “The Tears of a Clown,” The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back,” Stevie Wonder “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” Edwin Starr “War,” The Commodores “Brickhouse,” Diana Ross “Upside Down” and Rick James “Super Freak,” among others.

The NOW series has been called the “most successful brand in music” and has sold millions of copies all over the world. Every recent NOW release has debuted in one of the top slots on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. In addition, NOW’s collective releases sell more than any other music property each year. Since its debut in 1998, the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series has sold over 70 million CDs in the U.S. alone and every one of the 28 previous releases have been certified at least platinum, with NOW 5 reaching quadruple platinum and the 2001’s initial NOW That’s What I Call Christmas! compilation going quintuple platinum.

An irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy’s historic Motown Records made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that became one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th Century.

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