Robin Thicke Was High While Recording 'Blurred Lines'

September 15, 2014

UPDATE: Thicke has released a statement through his attorney Howard King. "Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim," King said in a statement. Robin...


African-American Music Museum to Be Built in Nashville

April 9, 2014

A museum honoring the musical and cultural contributions of artists from Otis Redding to Marvin Gaye is set to be built in Nashville. The planned National Museum of African American Music will also honor black musicians who were local to Music City—Frank...


Marvin Gaye Reimagines the National Anthem

February 13, 2014

Marvin Gaye was in the middle of a pretty remarkable comeback when the NBA tapped him to perform the National Anthem at the 1983 All-Star Game. After years out of the spotlight, the soul icon scored a worldwide hit in 1982 with "Sexual Healing." The lustful...


Sony Settles 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

January 14, 2014

Publishing giant Sony/ATV and Marvin Gaye's estate have reached a settlement in the ongoing lawsuit over Robin Thicke's 2013 smash "Blurred Lines," according to The Hollywood Reporter. While the terms of the settlement were not made public, as the case...


Ex-Wife of Marvin Gaye Dead at 92

January 31, 2014

Anna Gordy Gaye, older sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and ex-wife of Marvin Gaye, died today at age 92, a Motown representative confirmed. Gordy Gaye played a key role in Marvin Gaye's life, both personally and professionally. The pair met during...



Robin Thicke Knows How to 'Feel Good'

December 17, 2013

Robin Thicke trots out the glitz and glamour in the brand new video for "Feel Good," the latest single from his 2013 smash LP Blurred Lines. Capturing a vibe somewhere between Broadway and an over-the-top Las Vegas show, the clip finds Thicke doing the...


Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' LP Finally Goes Platinum in Britain

September 3, 2013

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band — along with 12 other Fab Four albums, plus records by a slew of artists from Bob Dylan to Marvin Gaye — will finally be certified platinum in the United Kingdom following a change in the...


Robin Thicke, Pharrell Sue Over 'Blurred Lines'

August 16, 2013

In a preemptive strike, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. are suing Funkadelic and the estate of Marvin Gaye over "Blurred Lines," claiming yesterday in a court filing in California that the summer smash is "starkly different"...


Best Summer Songs of All Time

July 1, 2013

The summer song is one of rock's truest pleasures, be it a dance jam that dominates every backyard cookout or a sweet ode to cars, girls and partying at the beach. Here are our picks for the most sizzling summer jams ever – from unshakeable oldies...


Berry Gordy to Receive Pioneer Award From Songwriters Hall of Fame

March 12, 2013

Few music moguls have had as lasting an effect on popular culture as Motown founder Berry Gordy, whose accomplishments have earned him the Pioneer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Gordy will receive the award at the group's induction dinner June...


Marvin Gaye's Estate Sues Robin Thicke for 'Blurred Lines' and More

October 30, 2013

The estate of Marvin Gaye is firing back at Robin Thicke over more than "Blurred Lines," the title track of his latest record. The family initially claimed that Thicke's hit plagiarized the soul icon's 1977 track "Got to Give It Up" – and now, they're...


Guest Op-Ed: Robin Thicke, You're No Marvin Gaye

August 23, 2013

When I first heard Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," my reaction was the same as millions of other R&B fans: "Hey, that's Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up.'" Thicke and company not only copped Gaye's distinct bass line, but the defining funk of the...


Berry Gordy Details Diana Ross Romance

April 1, 2013

Berry Gordy was "madly in love" with Diana Ross, the Motown founder told CBS Sunday Morning yesterday as he prepares for the official Broadway opening April 14th of his Motown: The Musical. "She was the big star of my life," said Gordy,...


Lenny Kravitz Drops Out of Marvin Gaye Biopic

March 5, 2013

Lenny Kravitz has dropped out of the long-anticipated Marvin Gaye biopic Sexual Healing, to be replaced by Law & Order alumnus Jesse L. Martin.  Directed by Julien Temple, the film has long been in the works, but is finally set to begin...



Lenny Kravitz to Play Marvin Gaye in Biopic

November 27, 2012

Lenny Kravitz has signed on to play Marvin Gaye in the upcoming Julien Temple-directed biopic of the R&B great, a rep for Kravitz confirms to Rolling Stone. The film is set to start filming next year and will focus on Gaye's time in Europe in...


Rob Sheffield's Coolest Summer Jams

July 19, 2012

These are the songs that rocked their radio sumer, or just evoke the hazy thrill of beaches, sweaty house parties, roller-disco bar mitzvahs, dazed guitar-freak blowouts, backstreet boomboxes, that gin-and-juice barbecue that went horribly wrong when...


Album Review

What's Going On - Super Deluxe Edition (Reissue)

May 31, 2011

What's Going On is both time-stamped and timeless: a picture of Vietnam-era turmoil that will blow minds as long as there are ears. This 40th-anniversary version lives up to its bombastic billing: two CDs and a vinyl LP, plus demos, B sides and the stripped-down...


'Tonight Show' Bandleader Rickey Minor Launches Festival With Stevie Wonder

July 19, 2011

This Sunday, the inaugural Global Soul Festival will take place at Los Angeles's Hollywood Bowl, with Wonder, Potter, Sharon Jones, Janelle Monae, Charles Bradley and many more performing their own songs, as well as a tribute to Marvin Gaye's seminal...