Smokey Robinson

  1. Smokey Robinson Points to U.S. Constitution in Fight With Ex-Wife Over Song Rights

    June 20, 2014 3:27 PM EDT The singer-songwriter argues that a federal copyright law preempts Claudette Robinson's claim of being entitled to a share of his big hits. When U.S. lawmakers long ago decided to give authors the opportunity to terminate copyright grants to ...

  2. 50 Years Ago: Motown Records' First No. 1 Single

    May 16, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Fifty years ago today (May 16, 1964) the Motown Records label celebrated its first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with Mary Wells' "My Guy," a song written and produced by Smokey Robinson. The achievement came only a handful ...

  3. Smokey Robinson's Ex-Wife Demands Share of Reclaimed Hit Songs

    May 05, 2014 9:08 PM EDT Did the singer-songwriter commit fraud nearly three decades ago when he got a divorce and failed to mention that he might one day have the power to reclaim rights to his songs? In his legendary career, R&B singer Smokey Robinson was known for ...

  4. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae To Perform At BET Honors

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists set to perform at BET Honors 2014. Premiering Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network, the telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and W ...

  5. Super Bowl: How Halftime Shows Sell Music (1993-Present)

    January 30, 2014 5:02 PM EST From Michael Jackson to Beyonce, how stars' Super Bowl performances scored on the charts. Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance in 1993, the Super Bowl halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner s ...

  6. Grammy Week: Universal Music Group’s ‘Ace’ Of A Party

    January 27, 2014 3:45 PM EST The Grammy Awards telecast ended at 8:45 p.m. at downtown Los Angeles’ Staples Center. By 9:39 p.m., not even an hour later, Universal Music Group’s after party was on and popping at the Ace Hotel just a few blocks away. An art deco theater adjace ...

  7. Backbeat: Grammy Museum Honors Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson

    November 13, 2013 2:01 PM EST Motown legends Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson were the inaugural honorees of the Grammy Museum’s first annual Architects of Sound Awards gala (Nov. 11). Held at the museum and Club Nokia at the L.A. Live complex, the dinner/concert event raised ...

  8. Morning Fix: Are Shakira/T-Mobile Hatching Jay Z/Samsung Deal?; Sillerman on SFX's IPO, Afrojack; The Orchard's Multi-Channel Network

    October 11, 2013 7:30 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE ARE SHAKIRA, T-MOBILE HATCHING A JAY Z-SAMSUNG DEAL? When T-Mobile was prepping the news of its unlimited international data plan, announced Oct. 9 in New York’s Bryant Park, the fourth-largest ph ...

  9. Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson Lead Soul Train Awards Lineup

    October 10, 2013 10:09 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are among the marquee names announced today as performers for the 2013 Soul Train Awards. The fifth annual show is being taped on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. It will premiere on Ce ...

  10. Berry Gordy, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith, More Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Event

    June 14, 2013 6:12 PM EDT NEW YORK -- The Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner is pretty much the do of the year for the music publishing industry, and in addition to virtually everyone who’s anyone in the executive side of that world, there’s always a jaw-dropping array of l ...

  11. Class of 2013 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:22 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 ...

  12. Smokey Robinson Signs with Universal's Verve Label

    March 29, 2013 7:12 PM EDT Motown icon Smokey Robinson has signed with Verve Music Group, the Universal label chaired by veteran producer David Foster. The legendary singer will release his 29th career album, a collection of duets, this coming fall. Jay Landers will A& ...

  13. Bobby Rogers, Member of Motown’s The Miracles, Dies At 73

    March 03, 2013 11:16 PM EST Bobby Rogers, a founding member of Motown group The Miracles and a songwriting collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died Sunday at his suburban Detroit home. He was 73. Motown Museum board member Allen Rawls said Rogers died about 6 a.m. in Southfie ...

  14. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  15. Beyonce, Katy Perry, More Head to D.C. for Packed Slate of Obama Inauguration Events

    January 20, 2013 2:25 PM EST Kelly Clarkson is a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards, but what she's really excited about is another event where she'll be joined by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher and Brad Paisley. Oh, and the ...

  16. 6 Questions with Jackie Evancho

    October 15, 2012 7:10 AM EDT Every 10 years or so, classical pop artists have a major crossover breakthrough like Josh Groban, Il Divo and Andrea Bocelli. Jackie Evancho is having one of those breakthroughs. Since finishing second on NBC's "America's Got Tal ...

  17. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dead at 84

    September 26, 2012 10:12 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 wer ...

  18. Bubbling Under: Jayme Dee 'Tip Toes' Up; Also Devlin, Jekalyn Carr, Los Cadillacs

    August 30, 2012 12:42 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 sin ...

  19. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown' Musical to Hit Broadway Next Year

    June 26, 2012 6:28 PM EDT A musical based on the life of legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is set to open on Broadway next year. Producers said Tuesday that "Motown," with 81-year-old Gordy writing his own book, will open in the spring of 2013 at a Ned ...

  20. Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Ron Wood, George Clinton: Behind the Scenes at the Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

    April 15, 2012 5:24 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 Ro ...

  21. Rock Hall of Fame Pre-Parties Light Up Cleveland: Bowling With Red Hot Chili Peppers; Old-School Jam

    April 14, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Cleveland rocked on Friday night with private parties and public performances as the city geared up for its third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N' Roses, The Cure, Joan Jett Nominated for Rock and Ro ...

  22. Backbeat: Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Grammy Event, Performs for a Galaxy of Stars and Execs

    February 11, 2012 7:35 PM EST Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage during the 22nd Annual MusiCares Benefit Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: WireImage) Few events bring out more music industry executives than the annual MusiCares Pers ...

  23. Backbeat: Grammy Camp Jazz Sessions Celebrates 20th Anniversary,

    February 10, 2012 11:00 AM EST Ron McCurdy, a professor at USC, and Grammy Camp student Ashley Levin from Augusta, Ga., prepare to listen to a recording of "Soul Fly," an original composition by McCurdy. (Photo: Justino Aguila) Paul McCartney was standing in the same ...

  24. Rock Hall Adds Six Groups, Including Miracles, Crickets to List of Inductees

    February 09, 2012 7:30 AM EST CLEVELAND (AP) - 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 Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, ...

  25. Exclusive: Ne-Yo Joins Motown Roster, Also Appointed Senior VP of A&R

    January 24, 2012 7:24 PM EST Left to right: Barry Weiss, Ne-Yo and Ethiopia Habtemariam Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is moving from Def Jam to Motown Records, the company told Billboard.biz exclusively today. In addition, the Grammy Award-winning artist will bring his Compound Ent ...

  26. Motown's Berry Gordy Proud of How His Offspring, LMFAO, Have Gone From 'Nothing to Everything'

    November 21, 2011 4:25 PM EST It may sound like trivia, but Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records and longtime music industry veteran, is in fact related to the guys in LMFAO. That's right, the man who discovered and nurtured the Supremes, the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder ...

  27. Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson Pay Tribute at Esther Gordy Edwards' Funeral

    August 31, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. drew knowing laughs at the funeral for his sister -- former label executive and Motown Historical Museum founder Esther Gordy Edwards, who died Aug. 24 at the age of 91 , after a long illness -- when he ackn ...

  28. Esther Edwards Gordy, 'The Mother of Motown,' Dead at 91

    August 25, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Esther Edwards Gordy (right) circa 1967 with Smokey Robinson at the Motown offices (Photo: Getty Images) Esther Edwards Gordy was known by many as the "Mother of Motown," a longtime company executive who served in a variety of capacities ...

  29. Michael Jackson Fan Clubs Demand Tribute Concert Cancellation

    August 23, 2011 1:27 PM EDT A group of Michael Jackson fan clubs across the world have banded together in an open letter to event organizers, asking for the cancellation of a Michael Jackson tribute concert scheduled for Oct. 8 in Wales, Reuters reports . The 35 fan clubs sa ...

  30. Rod Stewart To Be Honored at ASCAP's Pop Music Awards

    March 03, 2011 6:20 PM EST Rod Stewart will be honored at ASCAP's (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 28th Annual Pop Music Awards. Stewart will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award, the past recipients of which Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown ...

  31. Cracker Barrel Serves Up Cornbread, Eggs and CDs

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The thought of eggs over easy and country ham often means long lines at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. That's nothing compared to the wait The Grascals had, though. The bluegrass band waited three years to get what they wanted from the pop ...

  32. Carpenters Lead Guitarist Tony Peluso Dies

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tony Peluso, the lead guitarist with the Carpenters for 12 years and a successful Motown and Latin music producer, died June 5 of heart disease in Los Angeles. He was 60. Peluso got his start as musical director for Bobby Sherman, played guitar fo ...

  33. Jackson, Brown Among Apollo's Walk of Fame In N.Y.

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New York's Apollo Theater took on a touch of Hollywood when it began installing its own Walk of Fame with plaques that will honor entertainers including late singers James Brown and Michael Jackson . The famed Harlem auditorium has long been ...

  34. @SXSW: Muse, Courtney Love, Smokey Robinson Fire Up Friday

    March 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The South by Southwest Music festival and conference reached a fever pitch on Friday, with some of the highest profile bands of the week performing day and night along side the hundreds of aspiring musicians angling for attention at bars, clubs an ...

  35. @SXSW: Smokey Robinson Delivers Keynote

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Motown legend Smokey Robinson delivered the keynote address on Thursday (March 18) for this year's South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, entertaining a bleary-eyed crowd of attendees with stories about meeting Berry Gordy, starting Mot ...

  36. Smokey Robinson To Play BBC Electric Proms

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Soul legend Smokey Robinson will perform at the BBC's five-day Electric Proms festival in London next month, along with U.K. indie-rock act Doves and rapper Dizzee Rascal. The event runs Oct. 20-24. Now in its fourth year, the festival return ...

  37. Michael Jackson Memorial Service Speakers Revealed

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Usher and Stevie Wonder are among the confirmed participants at Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The announce ...

  38. Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream ASCAP's Top Songwriters

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The songwriting/production team of Christopher "Tricky" Stewart & The-Dream tied for songwriter of the year honors with fellow songwriting/production duo Stargate (Tor Hermansen & Mikkel Eriksen) at the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & ...

  39. Diamond, Wonder, M.I.A. Added To Grammys

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, M.I.A., Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke, Allen Toussaint and Terence Blanchard have joined the performance lineup for Sunday's Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center. In addition, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jo ...

  40. Motown Legend Norman Whitfield Dies

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Motown producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield, who had a hand in such iconic songs as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," died yesterday (Sept. 16) in Los Angeles at the age of 65. Whitfield has ...

  41. Smokey Robinson, Denzel Honored By Apollo Theater

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B icon Smokey Robinson along with actor Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta celebrated their achievements at New York City's Apollo Theater Spring Benefit on Monday (June 2). The Apollo Theater Foundation inducted Robinson into the Apol ...

  42. R&B Briefs: Smokey Robinson, Rodney Jerkins

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- R&B pioneer Smokey Robinson will be inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame on June 2. The fourth annual fund-raising gala, presented by the Apollo Theater Foundation, will also award the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanita ...

  43. Whitney, Shakira To Headline Plymouth Jazz Festival

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Shakira are among the performers set to take the stage at the fourth annual Plymouth Jazz Festival in Plymouth, Tobago, from April 25 - 27. Smokey Robinson, Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, En Vogue, Steel P ...

  44. In The Spirit

    April 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Smokey Robinson marks his entry into the gospel market with the release of his Robsco debut, "Food for the Spirit." Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Smokey Robinson marks his entry into the gospel market with the release of his Ro ...

  45. Artist worked with Smokey Robinson, Four Tops.

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Artist worked with Smokey Robinson, Four Tops. R&B singer and former Motown songwriter/producer Johnny Bristol, who worked with such stars as Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, died March 21 in Brighton Township, Mich., apparently of natural cause ...