It is the end of a long and illustrious era… Stevie Wonder LEAVES Motown Records!
Stevie Wonder held a virtual press conference on Tuesday (Oct. 13) during which he said, “I’m going to do something today I’ve never done before.” He then made three major announcements.
First, the 70-year-old legend revealed he has left Motown after spending his entire career on the label. He’s now signed to his own imprint, What the Fuss Records, under Republic Records, which keeps him within the Universal Music Group family. Additionally, Wonder revealed he’s releasing two new songs today. All of the proceeds from the first single will benefit Feeding America.
Last summer, Wonder revealed during London’s BST Festival that he would be taking a break from performing to undergo a kidney transplant, which allegedly happened this September. “I’m all good, I’m all good, all good,” Wonder assured at the time. “I have a donor and it’s all good.” He’s been on hiatus since.
Berry Gordy, now 90, first signed Wonder to a recording contract with Motown’s Tamla label in 1961 — Wonder was just 11 years old. Since then, Wonder has earned 74 Grammy nominations (he’s won 25) and collected 28 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits. He’s also become an active voice in political issues, from his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a holiday in the United States, to his current calls-to-action amidst ongoing Black Lives Matter protests.
Stevie Wonder is a living national treasure and should be protected at all costs! No matter what label, his music will be received!