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MOTOWN 50: FANTHOLOGY, a two-CD collection of favorite classic Motown hits, as voted by fans. Available everywhere on September 1, 2009.

Continuing the celebration of Motown’s 50th Anniversary, UMe / Motown releases MOTOWN 50: FANTHOLOGY, a two-CD collection of favorite classic Motown hits, as voted by fans. Available everywhere on September 1, 2009.

Motown 50: Fanthology available September 1
UMe / Motown

TRACK LISTING

Disc 1
1. “My Girl” – The Temptations
2. “What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye
3. “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
4. “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” – The Temptations
5. “The Tracks Of My Tears” – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder
7. “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
8. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
9. “ABC” – Jackson 5
10. “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” – The Temptations
11. “I’ll Be There” – Jackson 5
12. “I Want You Back” – Jackson 5
13. “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” – The Temptations
14. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” – Four Tops
15. “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted” – Jimmy Ruffin
16. “Ooo Baby Baby” – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
17. “Brick House” – Commodores
18. “The Tears Of A Clown” – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
19. “Dancing In The Street” – Martha & The Vandellas
20. “Got To Be There” – Michael Jackson
21. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross
22. “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)” – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Disc 2
1. “Reach Out I’ll Be There” – Four Tops
2. “Never Can Say Goodbye” – Jackson 5
3. “Stop! In The Name Of Love” – The Supremes
4. “Baby I Need Your Loving” – Four Tops
5. “My Cherie Amour” – Stevie Wonder
6. “This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)” – The Isley Brothers
7. “Easy” – Commodores
8. “Someday We’ll Be Together” – Diana Ross & The Supremes
9. “I Can’t Get Next To You” – The Temptations
10. “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” – Boyz II Men
11. “Hello” – Lionel Richie
12. “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” – Stevie Wonder
13. “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave” – Martha & The Vandellas
14. “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – Gladys Knight & The Pips
15. “Super Freak” – Rick James
16. “Fire & Desire” – Rick James & Teena Marie
17. “You’re All I Need To Get By” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
18. “Cruisin’” – Smokey Robinson
19. “Got To Give It Up (Part 1)” – Marvin Gaye
20. “I’ll Make Love To You” – Boyz II Men
21. “Endless Love” – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
22. “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)” – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
23. “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

YOUR FAVORITE CLASSIC MOTOWN SONGS, AS VOTED ON BY THE FANS,
RANKED ON TWO-CD MOTOWN 50 FANTHOLOGY

The fans have spoken–and “My Girl” by The Temptations is their all-time favorite Motown recording. The results of the online voting held in June and July can be heard on the two-CD set Motown 50 Fanthology (Motown/UMe), to be released September 1, 2009, which continues the celebration of Motown’s 50th anniversary.

An album by the fans and for the fans, the package’s recordings are arranged in order of most votes received. The Top 10 are:

1. “My Girl” – The Temptations
2. “What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye
3. “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
4. “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” – The Temptations
5. “The Tracks Of My Tears” – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder
7. “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
8. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
9. “ABC” – Jackson 5
10. “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” – The Temptations

Marvin Gaye holds seven of the 46 spots, while The Temptations are next with five. With four positions each are Michael Jackson (three with The Jackson 5), Diana Ross (solo, with The Supremes and with Lionel Richie) and Lionel Richie (solo, with Diana and with the Commodores). Next with three are the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, and Tammi Terrell (all with Gaye). Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Martha & The Vandellas, Rick James, Boyz II Men, and Jr. Walker & The All Stars scored two fan favorites each. Also heard are Jimmy Ruffin, Teena Marie and the Isley Brothers.

Via a special website, U.S. fans chose their five most beloved songs from a list of more than 100 of Motown’s greatest recordings, with more than 40 artists represented. The first 500 voters received an “I Voted! Motown 50” collector’s edition bumper sticker. All voters were entered in a random drawing for a grand prize–a trip for two to Hitsville, U.S.A., the Detroit home of Motown, including airfare, hotel accommodations, admission to the Motown Museum, and tickets to a forthcoming Motown gala event. The winner will be announced August 17.

In addition, UMe/Motown partnered with the People’s Choice Awards to offer fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite Motown artist of all time on the People’s Choice website. Out of 10 choices, fans selected the Jackson 5 as their favorite. The winner will now be recognized during the 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards in 2010. An irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown Records made its mark not just on the music industry but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. No other record company in history has exerted such an enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture. That influence is still being felt today, from pop to hip-hop, as Motown celebrates the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding. Today, Motown is part of the Universal Music Group, with its classic recorded music catalog managed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

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