Today Stevie Wonder had a big day: During a virtual press conference (through billboard), he announced his plan to do something he had “never done before”, revealing that he was leaving Motown’s iconic record label and starting his own career under Republic Records and Universal Music Group. The new label is called What The Fuss Records and marks the first time Wonder has been on a label other than Motown since 1961, so his entire career, in other words. He signed to Motown when he was just 11 years old, and now, at 70, he continues to do his part. Whoever you are, it’s wild.
Of course, Wonder hasn’t released a studio album since Time for love in 2005, and his last before that was Conversation Peace in 1995, so it’s not like he’s been a prolific Motown artist for the past 30 years. Still, it’s a big move, and Wonder celebrated it with two new singles, “Where Is Our Love Song” by Gary Clark Jr. and “Can’t Put It In The Hands Of Fate” by Rapsody, Cordae, Chika and Busta Rhymes. . Both are available now, and all proceeds from “Where Is Our Love Song” will go to Feeding America. You can hear them below (although you may want to buy them, as Stevie Wonder has just left his record label and could probably use your support, as he has some hopes of doing so in the famous rough music industry for another 60 years).