Motown Records is arguably the most famous record label in the world. Founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy Jr., the label has released iconic records from some of the world’s most renowned legacy acts including The Jackson 5, The Supremes, The Four Tips, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. What started as a small, independent label in Detroit grew into a massive multi-million dollar company. By the time 1966 rolled around, the label had over 450 employees and a gross income of $20 million.
Defining a Genre
Motown Records is famous for their mainstream R&B soul music. In recent years the company has expanded to include hip-hop and pop.
Despite its success, Motown has a dark side hiding just beneath the surface. Click through to read some shocking things you probably didn’t know about the label.