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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

David Gest And Tito Plan Tour Tribute To Michael Jackson

David Gest, Tito Jackson, Rebbie Jackson are to pay tribute to Michael Jackson with a live tour honouring the pop icon's life.The TV star and producer will be joined by the late singer's two siblings...

Michael Jackson's Former Lawyer Backs Murray Prosecution

Dr. Conrad Murray "should be" prosecuted over the death of Michael Jackson so his family can move on, the singer's former defence lawyer Tom Mesereau has claimed.Mesereau - who defended the late pop legend in...

Reeves Wants Motown Duet With Adele

Soul legend Martha Reeves is desperate to collaborate with Adele, insisting the British sensation would be a perfect match for her Motown sound.The former lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas has been busy recording...

Rap Rebels Lmfao

LMFAO are the "rebels" of the Motown family. The group - made up of Redfoo and SkyBlu, son and grandson of legendary soul record label Motown founder Berry Gordy - say their rap roots set...

Aretha Franklin Praises Grammy Tribute

Aretha Franklin "loved" her tribute at the Grammy Awards.The legendary soul singer - who has been rumoured to be suffering from pancreatic cancer - was not present at last night's (13.02.11) ceremony, but enjoyed watching...

Bruno Mars Grateful For Record Deal Flop

Bruno Mars is grateful his first record deal didn't work out.The 25-year-old Hawaiian singer moved to California and signed to Motown Records when he was just 18, but his initial attempts at stardom flopped, which...

The Temptations Singer Ali-ollie Woodson Dies

Legendary Motown singer Ali-Ollie Woodson has died.The hitmaker - who fronted The Temptations in the 80s and 90s - passed away on Sunday (30.05.2010) in southern California after an 18-month battle with cancer. Billy Wilson,...

Phil Collins Going Back To His Youth

Phil Collins has recorded an album of Motown covers. The legendary singer and drummer is to release the album of his covers entitled 'Going Back', which draws from the records which influenced him as a...

Craig David Inspired By Young Talent

Craig David is planning a huge comeback, inspired by the new crop of young R 'n' B artists. The 'What's Your Flavour?' singer said he was inspired to reinvent himself for his forthcoming fifth album...

Michael Jackson Body In Freezer

Michael Jackson's body has been moved to a "secret freezer".The singer's mother Katherine has ordered his embalmed remains be taken somewhere she can "visit him privately".Before it was relocated, the body had been temporarily interred...

Michael Jackson 'Buried'

Michael Jackson was reportedly buried in a private funeral last Thursday (06.08.09).Less than a dozen people attended the low-key ceremony at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Cemetery, where the singer was allegedly interred in Motown records founder...

Manic Street Preachers' New Direction

Manic Street Preachers are planning a "heavy metal Motown" album.The 'Design For Life' hitmakers are preparing to return to the studio to work on the follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Journal For Plague Lovers'...

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