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'Motown: The Musical' Hits The West End! But Not Everyone's A Fan

'Motown: The Musical'; written by and based on record label pioneer Berry Gordy; has finally hit London's West End, and, while it received several Tony Award nominations following its run on Broadway in 2013, the...

Motown Loses Another Great As Jimmy Ruffin Passes Away In Hospital

It's a sad day for Motown as it's announced 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted' singer Jimmy Ruffin passed away in hospital aged 78 on Monday (November 17th 2014), as confirmed in a statement by...

Diana Ross Renovating House Before Evan's Wedding

Diana Ross is renovating her house for Ashlee Simpson's wedding.The legendary singer is eager for the 29-year-old blonde beauty to marry her son, Evan Ross, at her mansion in Los Angeles.A source told Life &...

Deke Richards, The Man Behind Motown's Biggest Hits, Dies Aged 68

Deke Richards, the lead writer for famed record label Motown who penned hit tracks for The Jackson 5 and Diana Ross, has died aged 68 following a battle with esophageal cancer. During his tenure with...

The Spinners' Bobbie Smith Dies, Aged 76

Bobbie Smith of the soul group The Spinners, passed away on Saturday (March 16, 2013) at the age of 76. Smith’s manager released a statement, reported on today by Associated Press, to confirm that the...

Bobby Rogers Dies Aged 73: Tributes Flood In For 'Miracles' Man

Bobby Rogers, the soul singer and song writer who co-founded The Miracles and was a part of the first million-selling group Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, has passed away at the age of 73 after...

Motown Legends To Perform At History-making Oxford Union Talk

Motown legends Percy Sledge, Sheila Ferguson and Brenda Holloway will perform at Britain's prestigious Oxford University union for the first time in the college's history.Producer David Gest is to address students at the revered educational...

Paul Mccartney Unveils Restored Motown Piano

A legendary Motown piano Sir Paul Mccartney paid to have restored made its long-awaited debut at a charity event in New York on Tuesday (18Sep12).The Beatles star tickled the ivories in a electrifying duet with...

'Superwoman' Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles is Rita Ora's ''superwoman.'''How We Do' hitmaker Rita cites the singer as her number one influence, and can't believe she has gone from her humble roots in England to getting one-on-one advice from...

Jordin Sparks: Whitney Houston Was Mother Figure On 'Sparkle' Set

Jordin Sparks says Whitney Houston was like a mother to her while filming 'Sparkle'.The former 'American Idol' winner made her acting debut in the upcoming Motown movie remake alongside the late Whitney Houston, who she...

Tom Meighan Wants Motown Album

Tom Meighan wants to release an album of Motown covers.The Kasabian singer is a huge fan of 60s soul music and despite his rock roots, would love to record versions of some tracks from the...

Jordin Sparks Can't Believe Whitney Houston's Dead

Jordin Sparks still can't believe that Whitney Houston is dead.The former 'American Idol' winner will make her big-screen debut this month in 'Sparkle', starring alongside the late singer.Jordin first heard the bad news while preparing...

Diana Ross Willing To Take On Jackson Children

Diana Ross is willing to take over guardianship of Michael Jackson's children. The Motown legend was named as a back-up guardian for Prince Michael, Paris and 'Blanket' in their late father's will and although they...

Paul Mccartney Planning New Album

Sir Paul McCartney is recording a new album before the end of the year.The 'Yesterday' hitmaker has a number of songs ready, and is hoping to get into the studio after his appearance at the...

Green Day's Amy Winehouse Tribute A Warning

Green Day's Amy Winehouse tribute is a reminder of ''the consequences of the party.''The second of the group's forthcoming three albums, '¡Dos!', ends with a song called 'Amy' - written for the late singer following...

Whitney Houston's Final Recording Is Released

Whitney Houston's final recording will be released on June 5.The late pop legend's last ever song, 'Celebrate', is a duet with 'American Idol' winner Jordin Sparks, and included in the movie 'Sparkle' - the last...

David Gest And Patsy Palmer To Have Magic Birthday Party

David Gest and Patsy Palmer are celebrating their birthdays together with a magic-themed party on Friday night (11.05.12).The producer and the 'EastEnders' actress - who are close friends - will celebrate turning 59 and 40...

Rita Ora Wants To Show Kosovan Influence

Rita Ora wants to work on Kosovan music.The 21-year-old singer moved to the UK from the war-torn Balkan country when she was just one year old and still remains in touch with her roots, and...

Gavin Degraw Leaves Dwts

Gavin DeGraw became the fourth contestant to leave the latest series of 'Dancing with the Stars' last night (17.04.12).The 'I Don't Want To Be' singer left the show after finding himself in the bottom two...

Lenny Kravitz Watched Motown Stars Play Cards

Lenny Kravitz used to watch Jermaine Jackson take on Diana Ross at poker when he was a boy. The 'Let Love Rule' singer went to school with the son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy,...

The Temptations Always Abreast Of Music Industry Change

The Temptations always try to stay ''abreast'' of the music industry's changes. The 'My Girl' group have been performing since the early 60s and sole original member Otis Williams says while they adapt parts of...

Emeli Sande Wants To Write Song For Stevie

Emeli Sande would love to write a song for Stevie Wonder or Annie Lennox.The 'Next to Me' singer would love to write for one of the people she idolised growing up, singling out the Motown...

Kylie Minogue Confirmed For Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Kylie Minogue will perform at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert.The 'Spinning Around' singer is the latest act to be confirmed for the June 4 bash in London, along with Motown star Stevie Wonder.She told Digital...

Stevie Wonder Sings At Whitney Houston's Funeral

Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly all performed musical tributes at Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday (18.02.12).The Motown legend sat at the piano and sang 'Ribbon in the Sky', one of her favourite songs,...

Ronnie Wood's Romance Records

Ronnie Wood used to play Marvin Gaye records to be "romantic" with his girlfriends.The 64-year-old rocker and his former Faces bandmate Rod Stewart shared a love of Motown music when they shared a house together...

Tito Jackson To Marry In 2012

Tito Jackson is getting married in what is set to be one of the most lavish wedding parties of 2012.The Jackson 5 star was so moved when he attended the London premiere of David Gest's...

Pixie Lott's Accidental Collaboration With Wonder

Pixie Lott admits her collaboration with her hero Stevie Wonder happened by complete accident.The 20-year-old pop star worked with the Motown legend on 'Stevie on the Radio', which features on her upcoming album 'Young Foolish...

Michael Jackson's Scalp Accident 'Changed His Life'

Michael Jackson's scalp getting burnt while filming a commercial was the biggest turning point in his life, his friend David Gest believes.The late 'Thriller' singer's hair was accidentally set on fire as he was making...

Michael Jackson's Children Pay Tribute At Michael Forever

Michael Jackson's children paid tribute to their father at the Michael Forever concert in Wales on Saturday (08.10.11).Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, nine, helped host and introduce members of the 'Beat It' singer's family...

Whitney Houston To Make Movie Return In Sparkle

Whitney Houston is to return to movies in 'Sparkle'.The troubled star - whose last big screen outing was 'The Preacher's Wife' in 1996 - is in talks to appear in a remake of the 1976...

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