See Eric Church, Smokey Robinson Sing 'Kill a Word'

November 21, 2015

One of the more earnest songs on Eric Church's new album Mr. Misunderstood is "Kill a Word," a dissertation on the sometimes harmful power of speech. Church, a North Carolina native, fantasizes about having the ability to rob words of any negative...


Watch Puff Daddy Throw Bad Boy Reunion at BET Awards

June 29, 2015

An all-star performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records was among the many highlights at this year's BET Awards, which aired Sunday night. During the tribute to the iconic label, the Bad Boy mogul – donning...

Live Review

Clive Davis' Grammy Party Celebrates Big Voices, Giant Stars

February 8, 2015

For 39 years, Clive Davis, the legendary record company president, has been throwing a big party just before the Grammys. It mushroomed as the years went by, eventually becoming an official Grammy-sponsored event, but it still reflects Davis's love of...



Bob Dylan, Kiss and More Cover Paul McCartney

September 9, 2014

Half a century ago, Paul McCartney established himself as one of the most influential songwriters ever. Now the former Beatle is getting his due in a big way, with the compilation The Art of Paul McCartney featuring covers of songs by McCartney during...


Hear Smokey Robinson and Elton John's 'Tracks of My Tears'

July 31, 2014

Singing with the Miracles and as a solo artist, Smokey Robinson has been the voice behind some of the greatest records of the past half-century. On a new LP due August 19th, the legend is revisiting 11 those records and re-imagining them as duets, adding...


Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson to Perform at BET Honors

February 6, 2014

Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae and Jennifer Hudson will take the stage at this year's BET Honors, set to air on the network February 24th at 9 p.m., Billboard reports. This year's honorees include Aretha Franklin, Ice Cube, Motown founder Berry Gordy, American...

Album Review

Smokey & Friends

August 19, 2014

On this duets album, the R&B legend rerecords some of his classic hits with indebted singers, from Steven Tyler to Sheryl Crow to John Legend. The balance of respectful tributes and reimaginings recalls John Fogerty's similarly structured 2013 collection,...


Kip Moore's Campfire Playlist

July 9, 2014

Brooklyn, Michigan is the spot for three days of country music and camping, as the Faster Horses Festival gallops to town July 18-20. This year's lineup is seemingly plucked straight from the CMA Awards red carpet, as it includes huge stars such as Kip...



Steven Tyler, Joe Perry Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

June 14, 2013

Break up to make up: If last night's 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards ceremony had a theme, it wasn't just the glories of merging melodies and lyrics. From Aerosmith and Foreigner to Billy Joel and Elton John, another recurring riff was the...


Detroit Music Night on 'American Idol'

March 28, 2013

To celebrate Mariah Carey's birthday, American Idol packed up the top eight contestants and headed to Motown. The contestants were tasked with singing from the famed Detroit label's songbook, with the help of Motown legend Smokey Robinson, and Jimmy Iovine....


Katy Perry, Usher, Fun. Added to Obama Inaugural Lineup

January 11, 2013

Katy Perry, Usher and fun. have joined a stacked lineup of artists slated to participate in inauguration events for President Obama, The Associated Press reports. Beyoncé, James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson are already scheduled to sing...


Smokey Robinson Plans Duets Album for Fall Release

March 28, 2013

After Smokey Robinson helped mentor American Idol contestants on Detroit Music Night last night, the Motown great will be revisiting some of those tracks himself with a new duets album this fall. The still untitled album will feature Robinson hits including...


Berry Gordy to Receive Pioneer Award From Songwriters Hall of Fame

March 12, 2013

Few music moguls have had as lasting an effect on popular culture as Motown founder Berry Gordy, whose accomplishments have earned him the Pioneer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Gordy will receive the award at the group's induction dinner June...



Rare Bowie, Dylan Interviews Donated to Library of Congress

June 18, 2012

Former Capitol Records/EMI president Joe Smith has donated a boatload of interviews with over 200 musical stars to the Library of Congress, which announced the news today on its website. In a statement, the Library noted that the tapes feature chats...


Smokey Robinson's Hall of Fame Memories

April 15, 2012

Smokey Robinson, who was inducted in the second year of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, remembers the ceremony as one of the best musical nights of his life. "Hall and Oates brought me on stage, and the entire audience – like they had planned...


Motown's Berry Gordy on Siring LMFAO

April 16, 2012

Motown founder Berry Gordy was on hand at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony to celebrate the induction of the Miracles, the band that backed "his best friend for over 50 years," Smokey Robinson. The group established the young label's reputation,...


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Adds Six Backing Groups to 2012 Class

February 9, 2012

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will make up for past oversights at this year's induction ceremony by admitting the backing groups of six first-generation rock stars. The honored groups include the Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), The Comets (Bill Haley), the...



'The Sing-Off' Finale Recap: Lightning Round

November 29, 2011

Alas! All good things must always come to an end (you know, lest we become totally sick of them). And after eleven weeks of brutal eliminations, countless reimaginations of hit tunes both contemporary and vintage, and more The Sing-Off did just that...