Stevie Wonder had a big day today: at a virtual press conference (via Billboard), he announced his intention to do something he had “never done before,” revealing he was leaving iconic label Motown and starting his own brand under Republic Records and Universal Music Group. The new label is called What The Fuss Records, and it’s the first time that Wonder has been on a non-Motown label since 1961 – so his entire career, in other words. He signed to Motown when he was just 11 and now, at 70, he’s been doing his own thing. Whoever you are, it’s wild.
Granted, Wonder hasn’t released a studio album since. A time to love in 2005, and his last one before that was Peace Conversation in 1995, then, it’s not like he’s been a prolific artist for Motown for the past 30 years. Still, it’s a big step, and Wonder is celebrating it by releasing two new singles, “Where Is Our Love Song” with Gary Clark Jr. and “Can’t Put It In The Hands Of Fate” with Rapsody, Cordae, Chika and Busta Rhymes. They are both available now, and all proceeds from “Where Is Our Love Song” will go to Feeding America. You can hear them both below (although you might want to buy them, since Stevie Wonder just left his label and could probably use your support as he has hopes of making it in the music industry. notoriously difficult for about 60 years).