Motown Sound Reaches Out To The Web

As part of the label's 40th anniversary celebration, Motown Records has launched a new web site that illustrates its musical past and offers a glimpse into the label's future.

Located on the internet at www.motown40.com, the site pleases old school fans with info on such Motown artists as Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, the Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye, in addition to present acts Boyz II Men, Queen Latifah, Zhane and 98 Degrees.

The Motown site also offers a digitized history of the influential label via a comprehensive timeline, complete artist discography and photo archive, as well as a RealAudio jukebox which samples the upcoming "Motown 40 Forever" double-album set.

The label plans to expand the site in upcoming months to include artist updates, feature stories and live chats with acts from the Motown roster.