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    What if MJ went back to Motown as an adult and made a new album? Could he pull it off? Could he write new Motown songs?
    Did Motown ever ask Michael back?

    Who would like the idea of Michael back at Motown with a new album and perhaps re-record some of his classics!!!?

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    Default Re: If MJ went back to Motown?

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyWalk View Post
    Could he pull it off? Could he write new Motown songs?
    He probably could.

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    Did Motown ever ask Michael back?
    They probably did.

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    Who would like the idea of Michael back at Motown with a new album and perhaps re-record some of his classics!!!?
    Not really...
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    Default Re: If MJ went back to Motown?

    Nooooo that would've been a bad idea as Motown never really give him the right to write his own material & plus they teneded to control the J5 in other ways beside the music and I don't think Michael liked that.

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    I don't think Motown would give Michael any real benefits he wouldn't have with any other notable record label, so I think him going back would have been pointless. As for the idea of Michael rerecording his old Motown songs, I wouldn't have minded as long as it didn't affect his actual studio albums. Michael should have been evolving his sound, not chasing his past, so I wouldn't have wanted any rerecorded Motown songs to have ended up on a new album by Michael.

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    Other than the 1960s Funk Brothers and HDH era, which is what most people consider the Motown Sound, there really isn't such thing as a Motown song. They're just songs on Motown and its subsidiary labels. People don't call Thriller "Epic Songs". Anyway, Mike most likely wouldn't have had the same success on Motown during the 1980s, as they didn't have the same reach and power as CBS Records. The only really popular act they had during that time was Lionel Richie and maybe Stevie Wonder up to the middle of the decade. There was Rick James, DeBarge, Dazz Band, & Teena Marie on the R&B side, but they didn't have much crossover and Teena sued to get off the label because they wouldn't release some of her music, nor let her out of her contract. She even had a law named after her because of this. Berry Gordy sold Motown in the late 1980s.

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    Also Motown didn't do that much with most of Jermaine's records and he was a son-in-law. He was working as an A&R person for them. Being an in-law did not really help Marvin Gaye either. Smokey Robinson was vice president for awhile and for the most part, his albums did not get big numbers. So they probably wouldn't have done anything with Mike either and he wouldn't have had the access to Quincy Jones' session guys.

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    Glad he left Motown, they didn't let grow as an artist. You could see his maturity and growing as soon as Epic let him release compositions of his and the more he was in charge creating his art, the more humongous and unbeatable the monster became. It'd have been a huge mistake if Michael went back to Motown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuranDuran View Post
    Other than the 1960s Funk Brothers and HDH era, which is what most people consider the Motown Sound, there really isn't such thing as a Motown song. They're just songs on Motown and its subsidiary labels. People don't call Thriller "Epic Songs". Anyway, Mike most likely wouldn't have had the same success on Motown during the 1980s, as they didn't have the same reach and power as CBS Records. The only really popular act they had during that time was Lionel Richie and maybe Stevie Wonder up to the middle of the decade. There was Rick James, DeBarge, Dazz Band, & Teena Marie on the R&B side, but they didn't have much crossover and Teena sued to get off the label because they wouldn't release some of her music, nor let her out of her contract. She even had a law named after her because of this. Berry Gordy sold Motown in the late 1980s.
    Didn't Diana, the 4 Tops, and the Temptations all go back to Motown after the nostalgia of Motown 25? I know none of them stayed long.
    Michael tried to buy the Motown publishing from Berry, but Berry was playing hardball with him about it, since he had made such a rotten deal with the recording side. I think that was a big mistake on Berry's part-

    I'm glad Michael stayed with Epic, (especially because of working with Q) but I think I would have liked it if he had re-recorded some of his Jackson 5 classics-especially some of the ones that are really adult songs-like "I Want You Back" and "Who's Lovin' You?"-I really loved when they ended each episode of their Variety show with one of those classics-especially with his new "adult" voice.

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    Motown was a great, maybe the best launching pad for Michael but the company was never ready to take Michael to the stratosphere that he went to... From a business aspect Epic was a great move for him.. Yeah Motown had hits later but we all know by the time Michael would have gone back to Motown it was after Motowns "heyday"
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    Default Re: If MJ went back to Motown?

    Motown still published some great material for great artists, just check out 'Forever Now' by Ne-Yo...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT2Y2xxW6Oc

    Love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbee0715 View Post
    Didn't Diana, the 4 Tops, and the Temptations all go back to Motown after the nostalgia of Motown 25? I know none of them stayed long.
    The Temptations was still on Motown when Motown 25 was filmed. They did briefly leave in the late 1970s and released 2 albums on Atlantic, but Dennis Edwards didn't go with them, he was replaced. Dennis rejoined them in 1980 when the group returned to Motown. The Temps didn't leave Motown until around 2004 or 2005 and has only released 2 or 3 albums after. I think Diana returned in the 1990s. I don't know about the Four Tops.
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    Default Re: If MJ went back to Motown?

    Motown would take a very differente attitude with MJ, he probably could write his own songs in motown

    Personally i dont like the idea, but i still want to hear de Ill be there and never can say goodbye ADULT VERSION!

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    I don't think anyone is arguing with the fact that Motown still makes great music and did through the later years.. I think when people say it would not have been good for Michael to have gone back for Michael is due to the lack of attention Motown music got. All through the later 80's-90's Motown kept getting sold ( 1988,1991,1994,1999) Of course selling something generally has to do when the company struggles to find financial success (or the SAME type of finical success) Not only that, there is always a transitionary time when a company is bough that they need to figure how to 'grove' the business side of things.

    Those times were the later years of BAD, DANGEROUS, and HISTORY.. you can't expect to be promoted as the BEST and have the financial backing MJ would demand, and creative ownership of things while all that is going on. (And we know how much of MJ's success had to do with his creative ownership and the finances that support it)..

    Plus, why work for a record company that has a Parent company of Universal Music Group while you could work for EPIC records and have duel ownership of Sony/ATV..

    While Universal Music Group has great financial success through the later-80's,90s,00's Motown was not it's "cash cow", EPIC was doing very very well around that time..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuranDuran View Post
    Also Motown didn't do that much with most of Jermaine's records and he was a son-in-law. He was working as an A&R person for them. Being an in-law did not really help Marvin Gaye either. Smokey Robinson was vice president for awhile and for the most part, his albums did not get big numbers. So they probably wouldn't have done anything with Mike either and he wouldn't have had the access to Quincy Jones' session guys.

    Marvin Gaye was berry Gordy's son- in-law?.... :blink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8701girl View Post
    Marvin Gaye was berry Gordy's son- in-law?.... :blink:
    He said "in law". Marvin was Berrys brother in law, married to his sister, Anna.

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