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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


TV Review: ‘Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration’

If nothing else, CBS’ “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” special alerted America to the continued vitality of Smokey Robinson as a contemporary performer. Ten months from turning 80, the singer’s performances were focused and controlled as he weaved his sultry vocals through classics he wrote — the ballads “The Tracks of My Tears” and “Ooh Baby Baby,” chief among them. Producers […]
Tags: Reviews, America, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Cbs, Motown, Ooh Baby Baby


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 Links With Smokey Robinson For The Exquisitely Smooth 'Make It Better'

On a track from the forthcoming Ventura, Anderson .Paak weathers the stormy trials of a romance that's long departed from honeymoon avenue.(Image credit: YouTube screenshot by NPR)
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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


Smokey Robinson remembers Aretha Franklin at tribute concert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For Smokey Robinson, the late Aretha Franklin was more than just the Queen of Soul. Robinson told a packed venue that Franklin was his longtime neighbor in Detroit, calling the acclaimed singer his “little sister” whom he still misses at the “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for The Queen of Soul.” He […]
Tags: News, Aretha Franklin, Los Angeles, Ap, Nation, Smokey Robinson, Detroit, Franklin, Queen of Soul Robinson


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


"Happy Furry Monsters" and other Sesame Street parody mashup songs

Sesame Street is turning 50 years in November. As part of the yearlong celebration, they've posted this fun compilation of well-known musicians parodying their own songs over the years. (I'm actually ok with not being able toget REM's "Happy Furry Monsters" out of my head because it's adorable.) A YouTube commenter listed all the musical artists with their Sesame Street-ed song: * 1973 - Stevie Wonder | Superstition (0:00) * 1978 - Paul Simon | Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (5:09) * 197...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Parody, Sesame Street, Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Melissa Etheridge, Songs, Feist, Andrea Bocelli, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett


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


Jennifer Lopez: How BF Alex Rodriguez and I Make Our Relationship Work

Still going strong. Jennifer Lopez and her longtime boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, are each other’s biggest fans — and they have no plans of changing that. Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s Sweetest Quotes About Their Relationship “We just support each other,” Lopez, 49, told Us Weekly and other reporters at a screening of the World of Dance season 3 premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday, February 13. “It’s just how we do it.” The “If You Had My Love” singer has served as a judge on the...
Tags: Nbc, Religion, Los Angeles, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Bronx, Yankees, Alex, New York Yankees, US Weekly, Alex Rodriguez, Max, Jen, Marc Anthony, Natasha, Lopez


Smokey Robinson doubles down on his support for Jennifer Lopez

Smokey Robinson has doubled down on his support for Jennifer Lopez's inclusion in the Grammy Motown tribute.
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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


Black Twitter is NOT HAPPY About Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Grammys Tribute, Smokey Robinson Responds… (VIDEO)

Jennifer Lopez performed alongside the legendary Smokey Robinson at the 61st Grammy Awards last night for a Motown Tribute and Black twitter was NOT impressed. The Recording Academy received tons of backlash when it was first announced earlier this month that Lopez had secured the gig over black songstresses who deserved the spot and the subsequent performance did little to smooth things over with critics. Details + video below… (more…) Related Posts Aretha Franklin Laid To Rest: Watch ...
Tags: Featured, Celebrities, News, Atlanta, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Grammys, Black Twitter, Lopez, Franklin, Recording Academy, Drake Jennifer Lopez, Motown Tribute, Scott Ciara Brandy Jordin Sparks


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


Smokey Robinson: Jennifer Lopez Motown tribute critics 'stupid'

Before they even hit the stage Sunday night at the Grammys for a tribute to Motown, Smokey Robinson was defending the selection of Jennifer Lopez.
Tags: News, Smokey Robinson, Stories, Grammys, Jennifer Lopez Motown


Smokey Robinson calls Jennifer Lopez Motown tribute complainers 'stupid'

Before they even hit the stage Sunday night at the Grammys for a tribute to Motown, Smokey Robinson was defending the selection of Jennifer Lopez.
Tags: Cnn, Smokey Robinson, Grammys, Jennifer Lopez Motown


Why Was Jennifer Lopez Representing Black Music History at the Grammys? (Column)

It’s only February, and 2019 already has been a tough year for star-studded A-list events. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences had to scramble to fill a job nobody wanted after Kevin Hart stepped down as Oscar host amid controversy over his homophobic past on social media. The NFL found itself in a […]
Tags: Opinion, NFL, Oscar, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Hart, Grammys, Diana Ross, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences


Smokey Robinson defends Jennifer Lopez’s Grammys Motown tribute

Jennifer Lopez faced backlash on social media for her lead participation in a tribute recognizing the historic African-American record label, Motown.            [Author: The Associated Press]
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Grammys 2019: 5 takeaways that everyone will be talking about on Monday

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night and there were several moments that are sure to be buzzed about on Monday. Whether it’s the fashion, the performances, collaborations or show-stealing back-up dancers there were several topics that lit up Twitter and are sure to be discussed among friends and co-workers throughout the week. Here are five buzz worthy moments from this year’s Grammy awards ceremony. Grammys red carpet Grammys 2019 red c...
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Twitter Was Not Having Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Tribute

Jennifer Lopez paid tribute to some of Motown’s biggest names Sunday night, but Twitter didn’t exactly want an encore. During a medley of classic Motown songs such as “Square Biz,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Dancing in the Street,” and “My Girl,” several Twitter users criticized Lopez’s appearance alongside Motown legend Smokey Robinson, arguing that a Black […]
Tags: News, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Grammys, Lopez, Motown


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


Smokey Robinson Defends J. Lo’s Motown Tribute at the Grammys: ‘Anyone Who Is Upset Is Stupid’

One of Motown’s most influential artists, Smokey Robinson, hit back at criticism of Jennifer Lopez leading the Motown tribute at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. “I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset,” he told Variety. “I think anyone is upset is stupid.” Speaking to Variety’s Marc Malkin outside Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala on Saturday, Robinson, […]
Tags: News, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Grammys, Variety, Clive Davis, Marc Malkin, Smokey Robinson Defends J Lo