Diana Ross leaves Motown and signs a 20 million dollar contract with RCA.

Smokey Robinson’s album, “Being With You” released; first top ten and biggest selling album of his solo career.

Rick James has a multimillion-selling album, “Street Songs,” which includes the hit singles, “Give It To Me Baby” and “Super Freak.”

Square Biz” by Teena Marie released. Misses the Top 40, but hits #3 on the Billboard Black Singles chart.

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