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Barrett Strong, one of Motown’s founding artists and most gifted songwriters who sang lead on the company’s breakthrough single “Money (That’s What I Want)” and later collaborated on such classics as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and “War,” has died. He was 81. Strong's death was announced Sunday on social media by the Motown Museum, which did not immediately provide further details. “Money,” a million-seller released in 1960, was Motown’s first major hit. Strong and Norman Whitfield became one of Motown’s most productive and eclectic songwriting combinations, writing several hits for the Temptations.

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Barrett Strong, one of Motown’s founding artists and most gifted songwriters who sang lead on the company’s breakthrough single “Money (That’s What I Want)” and later collaborated on such classics as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and “War,” has died. He was 81. Strong's death was announced Sunday on social media by the Motown Museum, which did not immediately provide further details. “Money,” a million-seller released in 1960, was Motown’s first major hit. Strong and Norman Whitfield became one of Motown’s most productive and eclectic songwriting combinations, writing several hits for the Temptations.

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Though Marielle Kraft loved to play music from time to time, she ultimately hit a point in her life when she decided to make a life-changing call to pick up music full-time and leave behind her career as a school teacher. The decision has paid off so far, as she’s moved to Nashville, recorde…

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Dolly Parton turned 77 on Jan. 19. It’s hard to believe, especially if you saw Parton rocking it out with her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, at her televised New Year’s Eve party. Though Parton has been a performer for more than 60 years, she’s still as popular as ever.

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