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OC Fair 2019: The complete lineup of Pacific Amphitheatre’s 2019 Summer Concert Series plus shows before and after the OC Fair

The roster for Pacific Amphitheatre’s 2019 Toyota Summer Concert Series is officially complete and includes more pre- and post-OC Fair shows than ever. The action kicks off early with the Pacific Symphony celebrating the Fourth of July with Eagles tribute band Hotel California and wraps on Sept. 7 with the symphony playing the music of Tchaikovsky with an extravagant fireworks finish. In between, however, there are more than two dozen shows in a variety of genres for music fans to enjoy. Whether...
Tags: Music, Australia, California, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Smokey Robinson, Gang, Marley, Bob Marley, Khan, North Carolina, Orange County


OC Fair 2019: The complete line-up of Pacific Amphitheatre’s 2019 Summer Concert Series plus shows before and after the OC Fair

The roster for Pacific Amphitheatre’s 2019 Toyota Summer Concert Series is officially complete and includes more pre- and post-OC Fair shows than ever. The action kicks off early with the Pacific Symphony celebrating the Fourth of July with Eagles tribute band Hotel California and wraps on Sept. 7 with the symphony playing the music of Tchaikovsky with an extravagant fireworks finish. In between, however, there are more than two dozen shows in a variety of genres for music fans to enjoy. Whether...
Tags: Music, Australia, California, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Smokey Robinson, Gang, Marley, Bob Marley, Khan, North Carolina, Orange County


Album Stream: Anderson .Paak ‘Ventura’

Just five months after releasing Oxnard, Anderson .Paak returns with his new album Ventura. The Grammy Award-winning musician delivers his second studio LP under Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint, a 11-track body of work lead by the singles “King James” and “Make It Better.” The album features guest appearances by André 3000, Brandy, Smokey Robinson, Lalah Hathaway, Jazmine Sullivan, Sonyae Elise, and the late Nate Dogg. In support of the project, Paak will embark on the ‘Best Teef In The Game’ tou...
Tags: Albums, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, North America, James, Mac Demarco, Ventura, Anderson Paak, Dre, Nate Dogg, Jessie Reyez, Oxnard Anderson Paak


New Video: Anderson .Paak Feat. Smokey Robinson “Make It Better”

Not even six months has passed since Anderson .Paak’s Aftermath debut Oxnard arrived to somewhat lukewarm reviews, but he’ll be hoping reclaim the critical acclaim with his upcoming album Ventura. Following up the lead single “King James,” the SoCal crooner returns with this new jam “Make It Better” featuring the legendary Smokey Robinson. The song was produced by The Alchemist, Fred Wreck and Anderson Paak, while the accompanying video (which was shot in London) was directed by Andy Hines. ...
Tags: Videos, London, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, New Music, Ventura, Anderson Paak, Oxnard, Nate Dogg, Anderson Paak Feat Smokey Robinson, Andy Hines Ventura


Anderson .Paak & Smokey Robinson Connect on “Make It Better”

Off that Ventura album, dropping next week.
Tags: Videos, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Ventura, Anderson Paak


Anderson .Paak – “Make It Better” (Feat. Smokey Robinson) Video

After appearing on several songs on Dr. Dre's Compton, Anderson .Paak broke out in a big way in 2016 with his own great album Malibu and the Knxwledge collaboration Yes Lawd! Back in November, nearly three years later, he finally followed them up with the slightly underwhelming new album Oxnard. But … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Smokey Robinson, Malibu, Anderson Paak, Dre, Andy Hines, Smokey Robinson Video, Compton Anderson Paak


Anderson .Paak Drops New Single “King James,” Reveals ‘Ventura’ Tracklisting

Despite only dropping his major label debut Oxnard in November, Anderson .Paak is currently readying the release of a new album called Ventura on April 12. Today, the Aftermath polymath debuts the LP’s funky, feel-good first single “King James.” Read more after the jump… .Paak has also shared the artwork and tracklisting for Ventura, which clocks in at 11 songs and features appearances from André 3000, Nate Dogg (RIP), Smokey Robinson, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway and Son...
Tags: Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Music News, New Music, Ventura, Anderson Paak, Dre, Oxnard, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway, Sonyae Elise, Nate Dogg, Paak, Yada Yada, Sonyae Elise Anderson Paak Ventura Tracklisting, Reachin


Soul Serenade: Linda Creed, Songwriter

“Linda Creed was such a sweet young lady. She started out wanting to be a singer and she wasn’t a bad singer but she was a great, great writer. All you have to do is listen to her lyrics like on “Betcha By Golly, Wow.” Listen to those lyrics and see how she was able to make those lyrics like that. Look at her lyrics on “I’m Stone In Love With You.” These are great concepts. Her and Tommy Bell were meant for each other.” – Kenny Gamble You may not know her name and yet she was responsible, in par...
Tags: Music, New York, New York City, Los Angeles, Soul, Smokey Robinson, Philadelphia, Michael Jackson, Creed, Whitney Houston, Muhammed Ali, Bell, Popdose, Ken Shane, Big Apple, 1970s


7 More French Vocal Groups

Back on February 1, I posted seven videos of French vocalese groups from the 1950s and early '60s. As readers know by now, I love French vocal harmony groups. For me, they're like catnip. Fortunately, Rémi Carémel in Paris hosts In the Shadow of Studios, a terrific site devoted to these groups and French pop singers. His posts are in French (no translation button, sadly), but Rémi also stages a Facebook page with videos (go here). Since it's Friday, the day of the week I typically succumb to w...
Tags: Paris, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Rémi, Gerry Mulligan, Marc Myers, Henri Salvador, Neal Hefti, Les Blue Stars, Rémi Carémel, Le Quatre de Coeur, Les Angels, Les Blues Stars, Les Double Six Les Fiz, Lil Darlin, Westwood Walk


Smokey Robinson Defends J.Lo, Says Motown’s Music Isn’t “Just for Black People”

For those of you who didn’t enjoy Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards, Smokey Robinson wants you to have several seats and stop being a hater because you’re clearly missing the point of Motown. WATCH: Twitter Was Not Here for J.Lo’s Jentrified Motown Tribute Grammys Performance On Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 12), at least two days removed from the Grammys, Smokey said in a lengthy statement (via Instagram) that those protesting J.Lo’s performance are “trying to set us back a hu...
Tags: Music, Celebs, Instagram, Smokey Robinson, Pop Culture, Jennifer Lopez, Jazz, Michael Jackson, Grammys, Diana Ross, Don, Jennifer, J Lo, Motown, Smokey, Gordy


WATCH: Twitter Was Not Here for J.Lo’s Jentrified Motown Tribute Grammys Performance

When Jennifer Lopez was announced as the headlining performer for the Grammys’ Motown tribute, folks naturally scratched their heads and collectively asked: “How Sway?!?”When she finally took the stage Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to perform, she did her thing, yet, something was still… missing. Twitter took notice and basically said, “Nah, sis, that wasn’t it” as they roasted the hell out of her for “Jentrifying” a Motown tribute.Maybe it was the fac...
Tags: Videos, Music, Celebs, Television, Entertainment, Los Angeles, Chile, Smokey Robinson, Michelle Obama, Pop Culture, Jennifer Lopez, Jazz, Mary J Blige, Grammys, Jlo, Jenny


Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings “JLO” to Motown at The Grammys

Jennifer Lopez’s presence alone just about guarantees a solid, show-stopping performance at any show, but that doesn’t make it an appropriate choice, especially when Motown is involved. She’s received hefty criticism as the choice performer for the Grammys’ Motown tribute, in which she sang “My Girl,” alongside Smokey Robinson, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” with … Continue reading "Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings “JLO” to Motown at The Grammys" The post Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings...
Tags: Music, Religion, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Grammys, Jlo, Motown, The Grammys, Grammys Motown, Rollin Stone


Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who didn’t perform than who did. Ariana Grande’s fuck-this-shit refusal to play ball with the notorious Grammy-production dumbfucks revealed just how completely this was a show in … More »
Tags: Music, Kacey Musgraves, Aretha Franklin, List, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Ne-yo, Grammys, St. Vincent, Diana Ross


Why the 61st Annual Grammy Awards Telecast Was the Queerest, Fiercest, and the Best Yet

None Even if you didn't watch it, you knew that this year's Grammys were like any other's year's Grammy Award telecast: it was simply far, far too long.Yet that wasn't the only negative to be noted on the ceremony's 61st iteration. This time around, there were far too few awards were given out during the televised portion, several acceptance speech winners were played off (and twice abruptly cut off), one of the night's big winners wasn't even there (Childish Gambino/Donald Glover), and Recordi...
Tags: Feature, Music, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Motown records, St. Vincent, James Corden, Grammy Awards, Grammys, Staples Center


Grammys 2019: Jennifer Lopez, Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo celebrate Motown

With label founder Berry Gordy sitting front and center at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Smokey Robinson paid tribute to the legendary Motown Records. It’s the 60th anniversary of the label, which was home to artists such as the Jackson 5, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Tempations, Gladys Knight and many, many more. Lopez, who has been busy performing in Las Vegas, was a solid choice to pull of a Motown medley as she blasted through...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Michelle Obama, Las Vegas, Will Smith, Jackson, Rolling Stone, Grammy Awards, Diana Ross, Concerts, Gladys Knight, Robinson


Don, Oscar and Aretha

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Don Chadwick, co-designer of the Aeron chair, for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). The ergonomic Aeron was first introduced in the late 1990s. Instead of upholstery, the chair's seat and back are constructed of a tightly woven two-way suspension system. It feels like you're sitting in a taut net. Don started out as a kid building model planes.  Here's Don on the Aeron... SiriusXM. If you missed me on SiriusXM'...
Tags: Japan, New York, Aretha Franklin, House, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Miles Davis, Mansion, Wall Street Journal, Baker, Kenton, Chet Baker, Don, Charlie Parker, Smokey, Kenny Rogers


The Number Ones: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ “The Tears Of A Clown”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Smokey Robinson, The Miracles, The Number Ones


In Two Small Steps For Womankind, The Rock Hall Inducts Janet Jackson & Stevie Nicks

Thursday morning, I woke up to a miracle: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which has had an embarrassing dearth of female honorees in recent years, has managed to induct not one but two highly deserving women in its 2019 class. That’s right, y’all, Stevie Nicks and Janet Jackson are in!This was Jackson’s third nomination (she became eligible in 2007), and the first nomination for Nicks as a solo artist (she became eligible in 2006). Jackson has faced an unfair uphill climb in music since her...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Radiohead, Mtv, Smokey Robinson, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Jackson, Khan, Stevie Nicks, Justin Timberlake, Pete Davidson, Janet Jackson, Carole King, Tina Turner, Gerry Goffin


Tommy Orange's Debut, 'There There', Signals an Exciting New Era for Native American Fiction

Tommy Orange's There There is an intensively penetrating debut novel. Informed by generations of genocide and subjugation, Orange sets the novel in present-day Oakland. A multigenerational saga centered around 12 interconnected characters, Orange uses their stories to contextualize the urban Indian. Orange details their lives down to the quotidian then flawlessly threads in the legacies of violence and the historical struggle against subjugation. For Orange and his characters, predecessor famili...
Tags: Music, Review, Wikipedia, Fiction, Book Review, Radiohead, Smokey Robinson, Oakland, Orange, Gertrude Stein, Stein, Dene, Knopf, Thomas Frank, Orvil, Tommy Orange


Popdose Q&A: Tahiti 80’s Xavier Boyer

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. But if you can’t always make ’em understand that your music lives and breathes beyond the borders of one particular genre, create your own: Tahiti 80’s self-described “fusion of sunshine pop, blue-eyed soul, and beat music” for their seventh album, The Sunshine Beat Vol. 1, has resulted in yet another stellar collection of songs, the band’s first full-length since 2014’s Ballroom. A quarter-century after forming Tahiti 80 as college students in Rouen, France, fro...
Tags: Music, Japan, France, Chicago, Smokey Robinson, Grace Jones, Prince, Pedro, Spinners, Andy, The Beach Boys, Centre Pompidou, Philly, Popdose Interviews, Chicago Tribune, Tony


The Ultimate Guide to Diana Ross's Style

A Supreme's approach to elegance.Over the past month, we've been breaking down our list of 16 classic fashion icons everyone should know. Last week, we covered Jane Birkin — a symbol of effortless European fashion. This week, we'll be talking about the American icon, influence, and hero that is Diana Ross.She's known to many as the most successful female entertainer ever. With countless awards to her name and a string of chart-topping hits, Diana is a stunning example of a powerful woman who has...
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, College, Inspiration, Smokey Robinson, Diana, Rolling Stone, Detroit, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Diana Ross, Rca Records, 1960s, Supremes, 1970s, Jane Birkin, Golden Globe


Assert Your Independence: Contact Your Senator To Support Music Modernization Act

In this piece William Glanz reviews the current state of the Music Modernization Act, what progress it still has to make, relevant commentary being made about the bill, and more, as well as encouraging artists to advocate for copyright law by calling their senator. __________________________ Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange America just turned 242. Some of our copyright laws are almost as old as our nation. That’s why the Music Modernization Act (S. 2823) has gained so...
Tags: Music, Congress, Senate, Guest Post, House, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Smokey Robinson, Nashville, Capitol Hill, MMA, Music Business, Senate Judiciary Committee, William Howard Taft, SoundExchange, LA New York


Keith, Luciano and Jan

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed former Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez for my "House Call" column (go here). Keith grew up near San Francisco in the 1960s. His dad was a fireman in San Francisco, so Keith's family had a different perspective on the civic dangers posed by the youth culture than romantics reading about hippies in Life magazine. Here's Keith on Seinfeld... SiriusXM. If you missed me on SiriusXM last week with Nik Carter and Lori Majewski, co-hosts ...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Sweden, San Francisco, Rome, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Evans, Berkeley, Coca Cola, Random House, Wall Street Journal, Sicily, Keith, Don, Anne


Smokey Robinson Gives Moving Defense Of Artists Rights At Hearing Over Music Modernization Act

Singer songwriter Smokey Robinson too the stage in a somewhat different capacity recently to act as a moving and powerful advocate for artists' rights, delivering a passionate defense to the Senate Judiciary Committee as they deliberate on the Music Modernization Act. _____________________________ Guest post Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy Smokey Robinson is one of the best witnesses for artist rights.  Mr. Robinson was on stage yesterday in the clinch at the Senate Judiciary...
Tags: Music, Congress, America, Guest Post, Smokey Robinson, Bernie Sanders, Music Business, Digital Music, Major Labels, Chris Harrison, Senate Judiciary Committee, U S Senate, Robinson, Cardi, FERRICK, Chris Castle


Senators Back Music Modernization Act

A bipartisan wave of support from the Senate Judiciary Committee washed over the Music Modernization Act, legislation introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, raising hope of bringing the laws surrounding music and music rights into the 21st Century. __________________________ Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday expressed broad bipartisan support for the Music Modernization Act (S. 2823), a comprehensive music reform pack...
Tags: Utah, Music, Congress, Senate, Guest Post, House, Smokey Robinson, Dianne Feinstein, Committee, Bernie Sanders, Music Business, Music Tech, Hatch, Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein, Robinson


Listen to Marvin Gaye sing "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" in an isolated vocal track

Most songs aren't as good when the instrumentals are stripped out, but Marvin Gaye's vocals in "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" are so powerful and haunting that they don't need accompaniment. From Open Culture: Marvin Gaye’s mega-hit, "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," turns 50 this year. Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight got the first cracks at the now iconic Barrett Strong-Norman Whitfield tune, but Gaye’s 1968 rendition is the famous one, the bestselling Motown single of the decade....
Tags: Video, Music, News, Smokey Robinson, Motown records, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Berry Gordy, Gaye, Norman Whitfield


Dozens Of Musicians Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Martin Luther King’s Death In “The Dream Still Lives” Video

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. To honor his memory and his work, which is still as relevant as ever, Stevie Wonder has assembled a mind-bogglingly vast lineup of musicians, celebrities, and public figures to share their hopes for the future in a video entitled "The Dream Still Lives." … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Jonas, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Paul Mccartney, Smokey Robinson, Mark Ronson, Harry Styles, Demi Lovato, Lionel Richie, Cher, Bette Midler, Martin Luther King


Hear Marvin Gaye Sing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” A Capella: The Haunting Isolated Vocal Track

Marvin Gaye’s mega-hit, "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," turns 50 this year. Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight got the first cracks at the now iconic Barrett Strong-Norman Whitfield tune, but Gaye’s 1968 rendition is the famous one, the bestselling Motown single of the decade. Gaye’s former brother-in-law, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, is perhaps the only one who wasn’t impressed, refusing to believe it could be a viable single until its enthusiastic reception by radio DJs and t...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Marvin, David Bowie, Smokey Robinson, Time Magazine, Motown records, Rolling Stone, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Facebook Twitter, Lawrence Kasdan, Berry Gordy, Pavarotti, New York Society Library


Joell Ortiz – “Start To Fade” Ft. Raekwon, Smokey Robinson

Brooklyn veteran lyricist and Slaughterhouse member Joell Ortiz drops an early XMas present for his fans “Start To Fade”.  The street love story features Wu-Tang’s Raekwon and Motown legend Smokey Robinson.
Tags: Brooklyn, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Wu Tang, Singles, Raekwon, Joell Ortiz, Raekwon Smokey Robinson



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