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  1. Detroit, Motor City, Motownnoun

    the largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port; center of the United States automobile industry; located in southeastern Michigan on the Detroit river across from Windsor


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  2. Motownnoun

    A jack and a five as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em

  3. Motownnoun

    A style of artists/bands which recorded for Motown Records.

    They may be a rock band, but their retro style shows a heavy Motown influence.


  1. Motown

    Motown Records is an American record label owned by the Universal Music Group. It was founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records on June 7, 1958, and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation on April 14, 1960. Its name, a portmanteau of motor and town, has become a nickname for Detroit, where the label was originally headquartered. Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned label that achieved crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its subsidiary labels (including Tamla Motown, the brand used outside the US) were the most of the Motown sound, a style of soul music with a mainstream pop appeal. Motown was the most successful soul music label, with a net worth of $61 million. During the 1960s, Motown achieved 79 records in the top-ten of the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 1969. Following the events of the Detroit Riots of 1967, and the loss of key songwriting/production team Holland–Dozier–Holland that year over pay disputes, Gordy moved Motown to Los Angeles, California. Motown expanded into film and television production. It was an independent company until MCA Records bought it in 1988. PolyGram purchased the label from MCA in 1993, followed by MCA successor Universal Music Group, which acquired PolyGram in 1999.Motown spent much of the 2000s headquartered in New York City as a part of the UMG subsidiaries Universal Motown and Universal Motown Republic Group. From 2011 to 2014, it was a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group division of Universal Music. In 2014, however, UMG announced the dissolution of Island Def Jam, and Motown relocated back to Los Angeles to operate under the Capitol Music Group, now operating out of the Capitol Tower. In 2018, Motown was inducted into Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at the Charles H. Wright Museum.In 2021 Motown separated from the Capitol Music Group to become a standalone label once again.On November 29, 2022, Ethiopia Habtemariam announced that she would be stepping down as Chairwoman/CEO of Motown.As of 2023, the label has many acts signed such as City Girls, Diddy, Migos, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Smino, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and several other artists in the rap/R&B genre.


  1. motown

    Motown is a distinctive style of soul music with a strong pop influence, characterized by its compelling melodies, vocal harmonies and a rhythmical focus on the "groove". It originated from an American record company called Motown Record Corporation, founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in Detroit, Michigan in 1959. This term is also used to refer to the group of studio musicians who recorded at the Motown Record Corporation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motown in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  1. David Rudolph:

    We're known for Motown and cars and manufacturing. But in the last three years, there has definitely been a culinary boom.

  2. Michelle Obama:

    From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side, to the' who run the world' songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story. And I know that's true for everybody here.

  3. Joe Biden:

    Perhaps no music has had as profound and powerful an impact in shaping America's musical score as Black music, for generations, Black music has conveyed the hopes and struggles of a resilient people -- spirituals mourning the original sin of slavery and later heralding freedom from bondage, hard truths told through jazz and the sounds of Motown during the civil rights movement, and hip-hop and rhythm and blues that remind us of the work that still lies ahead.

  4. Berry Gordy:

    Lamont Dozier was a good friend and will be missed by the entire Motown Family. My sincere condolences to Lamont Dozier family and friends.

  5. Barack Obama:

    From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside to the 'Who Run the World' songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story.

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