Los Angeles , CA â€” Dec. 3, 2008 â€”NOW Thatâ€™s What I Call Motown is the latest release from the hugely successful NOW Thatâ€™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 Thatâ€™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 labelâ€™s 50th anniversary since Berry Gordy established the original â€œHitsville U.S.A. â€ at 2648 West Brand Boulevard in his hometown of Detroit .
The tracks include Barrett Strong â€œMoney (Thatâ€™s What I Want)â€ (co-written by Gordy), The Miracles â€œShop Aroundâ€ (the labelâ€™s very first R&B #1 in 1961), The Marvelettes â€œPlease Mr. Postmanâ€ (its first Pop #1), Mary Wells â€œMy Guy,â€ The Temptations â€œMy Girlâ€ and â€œI Canâ€™t Get Next to You,â€ The Supremes â€œStop in the Name of Loveâ€ and â€œYou Keep Me Hanginâ€™ On,â€ Marvin Gaye â€œI Heard it Through the Grapevineâ€ and â€œLetâ€™s Get It On,â€ Smokey Robinson & the Miracles â€œThe Tears of a Clown,â€ The Jackson 5 â€œI Want You Back,â€ Stevie Wonder â€œSigned, Sealed, Delivered Iâ€™m Yours,â€ Edwin Starr â€œWar,â€ The Commodores â€œBrickhouse,â€ Diana Ross â€œUpside Downâ€ and Rick James â€œSuper Freak,â€ among others.
NOW Thatâ€™s What I Call Motown follows the release of the 10-CD deluxe Motown: The Complete No. 1â€™s box set on Motown/UMe, on December 9.
The NOW series has been called the â€œmost successful brand in musicâ€ 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, NOWâ€™s collective releases sell more than any other music property each year. Since its debut in 1998, the NOW Thatâ€™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 2001â€™s initial NOW Thatâ€™s What I Call Christmas! compilation going quintuple platinum.
The Best Of NOW Thatâ€™s What I Call Music! 10th ANNIVERSARY edition was released simultaneously with NOW Thatâ€™s What I Call Music! Volume 29 on November 11.
NOW Thatâ€™s What I Call Motown is the first edition of the NOW series to celebrate the repertoire of a single label. The NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! series is a compilation joint venture from EMI Music North America, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group. NOW and NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! are registered trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.
An irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordyâ€™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.
NOW Thatâ€™s What I Call Motown â€“ Track Listing
1. Money (Thatâ€™s What I Want) â€“ Barrett Strong
2. Please Mr. Postman â€“ The Marvelettes
3. Shop Around â€“ The Miracles
4. Do You Love Me â€“ The Contours
5. Dancing In The Street â€“ Martha & The Vandellas
6. My Guy â€“ Mary Wells
7. My Girl â€“ The Temptations
8. Stop! In The Name Of Love â€“ The Supremes
9. Shotgun â€“ Jr. Walker & The All Stars
10. I Canâ€™t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) â€“ Four Tops
11. You Keep Me Hanginâ€™ On â€“ The Supremes
12. Ainâ€™t Nothing Like The Real Thing â€“ Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
13. I Heard It Through The Grapevine â€“ Marvin Gaye
14. I Canâ€™t Get Next To You â€“ The Temptations
15. I Want You Back â€“ The Jackson 5
16. Signed, Sealed, Delivered Iâ€™m Yours â€“ Stevie Wonder
17. War â€“ Edwin Starr
18. The Tears Of A Clown â€“ Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
19. Whatâ€™s Going On â€“ Marvin Gaye
20. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) â€“ Gladys Knight & The Pips
21. Letâ€™s Get It On â€“ Marvin Gaye
22. Love Machine (Part 1) â€“ The Miracles
23. Brickhouse â€“ The Commodores
24. Upside Down â€“ Diana Ross
25. Super Freak â€“ Rick James