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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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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, […]
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"I used to love to watch her dance the Grizzly Bear/I guess she's gone to Frisco, to dance it there..."

There really is a dance called the Grizzly Bear, which I didn't know until yesterday, though I've heard the lyric quoted in the post title hundreds of times. "Grizzly Bear" by The Youngbloods was in the stack of singles next to my record player in the 1960s. I happened to play this video of it:Before they play the song, Dick Clark interviews Jesse Colin Young about it, and he says: "I'm a ragtime freak, and... this is about a dance in the 1890s called the Grizzly Bear where people used to hug ea...
Tags: Law, Censorship, America, San Francisco, Turkey, History, Dancing, New York Times, Smokey Robinson, Npr, Wilson, Frisco, Woodrow Wilson, Lance, Dick Clark, Curtis Mayfield

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 »
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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

Booking Agent Allan Bregman Dies at 92

Allan Bregman, a booking agent and talent manager who represented the likes of the King family, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, died Sept. 25 in La Quinta, Calif. He was 92. Bregman grew up in the neighboring town of Lorain before graduating from Ohio State University and joining the Merchant Marines in 1944. […]
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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...
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What's Coming and Going From Netflix the Week of November 19, 2018

I have high hopes for Motown Magic (Tuesday), an animated series executive-produced by Smokey Robinson about an 8-year-old boy who “discovers he can bring street art to life.” The soundtrack is, naturally, all Motown hits, so we may have a promising candidate for “kids’ show that doesn’t drive parents bananas” on our…Read more...
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Netflix Unveils Slate of Animated Programming for Families Worldwide

Netflix unveils slate of animated programming for families worldwide Netflix has unveiled a slate of animated event programming — both feature films and original series — to give kids and families around the world more of what they love. The six all-new animated projects include CG (Kris Pearn’s The Willoughbys), 2D (Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon), and stop-motion (Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio). The programming is designed to meet the tastes of every member of the family, from preschoole...
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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...
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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 18

Rolling Stone issue #18 had a cover date of September 28, 1968. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Pete Townshend by Baron Wolman. This is the first boost in the page count since issue #3 went to 24 pages from 20 in the first two issues. And no increase in the cover price. In … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 18 → Read more at Glorious Noise...
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Aretha Franklin: Family and friends remember the Queen of Soul

Former President Bill Clinton and music legend Smokey Robinson were among the speakers at her funeral.
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Aretha Franklin Laid To Rest: Watch Full LIVE Funeral Service…. (VIDEO)

Family and friends are now gathered in Detroit at Greater Grace Temple for Aretha Franklin’s funeral. [READ: Aretha Franklin’s Casket Photos Goes Viral, Family Approves… (PHOTOS)] Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson will be among the speakers, with musical tributes by Ariana Grande, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, The Clark Sisters, and more. The funeral is being streamed live via several media outlets. Watch video below… (more…) Related Posts Queen ...
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Aretha Franklin's star-studded funeral gets underway

The service, a celebration of the life and legacy of one of the US music icon, is expected to last six hours at the Greater Grace Temple in her Michigan hometown. The 76-year-old singer, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on August 16, closing the curtain on a glittering six-decade career that spanned Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Blues and even classical music. Former president Bill Clinton and Smokey Robinson are among those due to give eulogies, with music from Stevie Wonder, Ariana ...
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