A special series of online podcasts featuring rare and intimate conversations with the label's legends, producers, songwriters and singers, are now available at www.classic.motown.com
. The podcasts are also available on iTunes.
These exclusive podcasts are just part of a year-long celebration of Motown's 50th and its lasting legacy, which included the Dec. 9 release of Motown: The Complete No. 1's
, a 10-CD box set in the shape of the label's famed "Hitsville U.S.A." birthplace in Detroit, featuring more than 200 classic songs from 50 Motown artists that topped charts around the world, plus a 100-page photo booklet with rare images and an introduction by Smokey Robinson
In addition, NOW That's What I Call Motown!
, the latest compilation in the hugely successful NOW That's What I Call Music!
Series-featuring 25 of the label's most beloved, timeless classic pop and R&B tracks-was released on CD and digitally January 13, as a joint venture from EMI Music, the Universal Music Group and its Motown Records division, and Sony Music Entertainment.
Fresh podcasts will debut bi-weekly, including those with founder Berry Gordy Jr.
; Nick Cannon
; the late Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops
; The New York Times
columnist Frank Rich; Smokey Robinson detailing the genesis of "Shop Around," the label's first million-seller; The Temptations
' Otis Williams and the late Melvin Franklin; Stevie Wonder
; Levi Stubbs and Lamont Dozier
(of H-D-H fame) discussing "Reach Out I'll Be There"; KCRW's Garth Trinidad; Diana Ross
; songwriters Pam Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod on the creation of Ross's hit "Love Hangover"; hip-hop pioneer and Universal Motown artist Q-Tip
; Smokey Robinson and more of the Miracles; and songwriter/producer Dozier.
Upcoming segments will feature Marvin Gaye
, The Jackson 5
, The Commodores
, film director Lawrence Kasdan
(The Big Chill
), and songwriter Diane Warren
, among others.