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DOWNTOWN'S MOTOWN MOVE

The catalog of William “Mickey” Stevenson, the head of Motown A&R during the label’s 1960s heyday, is on its way to Downtown Music Publishing, including Stevenson co-writes like “Dancing in the Street,” “Devil With the Blue Dress” and “Stubborn Kind of Fellow” and a host of songs recorded by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and others.

“Our partnership covers many songs that are near and dear to me, and I have full confidence that my creative legacy is in good hands,” Stevenson said.

Downtown Music Publishing Global President Mike Smith said, "Opportunities to work with a catalog of this caliber don’t come around often. It's a genuine privilege to work with someone like Mickey, who is not only an important songwriter but a pivotal figure in the musical legacy of Motown. Beyond songwriting, Mickey’s contributions as the head of Motown A&R in the 1960s and his establishment of Motown’s studio band, The Funk Brothers, helped to cultivate the ‘Motown Sound’ that is foundational to pop music.”

Downtown helpfully assembled a Spotify playist of tracks in the catalog.

NEAR TRUTHS:
PIVOT POINTS
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KYNCL'S BULLISH ON SUPERFANS
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HITS LIST:
CHANGE IS NOW
Is a seismic shift occurring? (2/27a)
ON THE COVER:
TOP DAWG
Evidence that miracles can happen. (2/27a)
WHY “NOTHING MATTERS” MATTERS
Give 'em hell, KG. (2/27a)
OUR TOP 10 LIST FOR 2024
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STRUM AND DRANG
How guitar music got big again.
GRAMMY GRAMMY GRAMMY
Start digging out your formal wear and let's do this.
THE NEXT BIG MONEY PLAY
it's not what you think.
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