1. Randy Jackson to Produce Smokey Robinson Duets Album

    July 02, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Randy Jackson has lined up his first gig since leaving "American Idol." The former TV judge is teaming up with Motown icon Smokey Robinson for a duets album due out in the fall. Jackson will produce the collection, which will be released by Verve Records. The track list is…

  2. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss…

  3. Review: 'Motown' Musical Stuffed-full of Tunes But Let Down By the Tale

    April 15, 2013 12:14 AM EDT There are 36 songs in the new Broadway show "Motown: The Musical." Actually, that's just in the first act - 36 songs, not including a reprise of "You're Nobody `til Somebody Loves You." It's like a jukebox went completely haywire. To be sure, the songs are…

  4. Ne-Yo, Reps Talk 'R.E.D.' Album & Universal Motown Gig

    November 05, 2012 2:10 PM EST "I pride myself on being the type of artist who can work half in the R&B world and half in the pop world." That was one of Ne-Yo 's first messages to industry colleagues who attended his intimate showcase at New York's Joe's Pub on Oct. 23, a message that also…

  5. Gary Clark Jr., Reps Talk 'Blak And Blu' Debut & Career Start

    October 23, 2012 2:30 PM EDT To an ignorant eye, it seemed to be a typical night inside Hollywood's live performance hub Hotel Cafe. The Austin guitar phenom/vocalist Gary Clark Jr. and his band exited the stage after figuratively shredding it to fractions, as they're prone to do. But this early-2011 exhibition…

  6. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown: The Musical' Comes to Broadway

    October 11, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Motown is coming to Broadway. ' Motown: The Musical ,' opening on April 14, is bringing the legacy of Motown founder Berry Gordy to New York City's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Berry Gordy Starts Motown The musical will showcase interweaving stories of Gordy and the artist careers he…

  7. James Franco's Band Working on Full-Length Album

    October 04, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Oscar-nominated actor describes working with Smokey Robinson on his band Daddy's first EP, 'MotorCity.' James Franco has been James Dean, Spider-Man pal Harry Osborn, Hugh Hefner, "127 Hours" climber Aron Ralston and, soon, the wizard of Oz. But his latest role is in…

  8. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Crooner, Dies

    September 26, 2012 10:05 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there," the singer once…

  9. The Beat 9/18: Rihanna's EMA Nominations, 'American Idol's' New Judges

    September 18, 2012 2:25 PM EDT Welcome to the Tuesday, Sept. 18 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. dishes on Taylor…

  10. Smokey Robinson Working on a 'Spanglish' Album

    September 14, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 'I've been learning Spanish for about four or five years,' says the Motown legend. Smokey Robinson will second that emocion on his next album. The Motown legend tells Billboard that he's working on a "Spanglish" album for his next release, his first since 2009&…

  11. Bubbling Under: Jayme Dee Makes Steps With 'Tip Toes'

    August 31, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Jayme Dee, Devlin, Jekalyn Carr and Los Cadillacs. Jayme Dee Southern California singer/songwriter Jamye Dee's debut…

  12. R. Kelly, 'Write Me Back': Track-By-Track Review

    June 26, 2012 12:40 PM EDT R. Kelly is a man of many skills -- all of which he stretches on his 11th studio album, "Write Me Back." R. Kelly, who wrote and produced all but two songs, colors in his 12-track set with influences from nostalgic old-school soundscapes. Kellz' signature impelling vocals sheen…

  13. Gavin DeGraw Booted From 'Dancing With The Stars'

    April 18, 2012 10:55 AM EDT The sweetness is gone for Gavin DeGraw on "Dancing with the Stars." The singer-songwriter and his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff, were bounced from the ABC show Tuesday after the judges' scores were combined with viewers' votes. DeGraw has been juggling "…

  14. Rock Hall of Fame: 10 Things Seen & Heard Behind the Scenes

    April 15, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ronnie Wood told Billboard that he felt "a…

  15. The Miracles Grateful of Effort to Get Them Into Rock Hall of Fame

    April 13, 2012 10:00 PM EDT "I didn't think it would happen in my lifetime," Claudette Robinson tells Billboard Smokey Robinson got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Now the rest of his Motown group, the Miracles, are happy to be joining him at this year's induction ceremony on Saturday in…

  16. Rock Hall: Axl Rose Will Miss Faces Reunion, Chili Peppers + More

    April 12, 2012 1:00 AM EDT Green Day Still Confirmed to Induct Guns N' Roses on April 14 G uns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, despite Axl Rose's bombshell decision on Wednesday to boycott the event due to various grievances, large and small. A spokesperson…

  17. Smokey Robinson Studying Spanish For New Record

    March 12, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Smokey Robinson started his music career with a song called "Got a Job," and rest assured the Motown legend even at 72, is working as hard as many of his younger proteges. Robinson tells Billboard.com that he has two albums in the works -- a Christmas collection and a sets of songs…

  18. Bruce Springsteen Playing 'Intimate' SXSW Show

    February 28, 2012 1:15 PM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play an intimate concert on March 15 at the South by Southwest Media Conference and Festival, the annual gathering of music, film and tech industry professionals. The festival, dubbed SXSW, announced the much-rumored show on its website. A ticket…

  19. MusiCares: Paul McCartney & His Songs Kick Off Grammy Weekend

    February 11, 2012 11:45 AM EST Neil Young, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Katy Perry's Hat Chip In to Honor Macca, Raise Millions The Recording Academy's biggest MusiCares gala in the 22-year history of the event occurred Friday when Paul McCartney and a cast of stellar musicians entertained 2,800 guests with a dozen…

  20. Rock Hall Inducting Bands of 6 Iconic Members

    February 09, 2012 9:35 AM EST Buddy Holly's Crickets, Smokey Robinson's Miracles Have Been Added to Class of 2012 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says six additional groups will be inducted this year after a committee determined they should be recognized with previously enshrined original lead singers. The Blue…

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