Category Archives: Pop

Smokey Robinson To Release First Solo Holiday Album

Smokey Robinson will see the release of his first solo Christmas album as an Amazon exclusive on November 10th. Robinson has recorded seven Christmas covers and three original songs. His previous holiday music includes Christmas With The Miracles and The Season For Miracles as well as his contribution to the 1973 compilation A Motown Christmas. The new solo Xmas record is called Christmas Everyday and there are guest appearances from The Dap Kings, Take 6 and Mindi Abair. Robinson commented on the album in a press release:

“I love the feeling of Christmas, what I call ‘the Christmas aura,’ and these are some of my absolute favorite songs, folks are going to be surprised by some of the arrangements.”

Christmas Everyday can be pre-ordered on Amazon.


Tunde Olaniran Releases New Single Hungry

Tunde Olaniran’s “Hungry” is an alluring dance/pop single led by his curiosity-provoking lyrics. His words are in the foreground of striking synthesizers emerging from the dim spaciousness of the track. He describes the music as a deeper exploration of the sound he worked with on his 2015 Transgressor debut album. “Symbol” came out last month after a two-year hiatus and now that “Hungry” has arrived it seems that the Flint native is back to making music again. You can stream “Hungry” to hear it first and it is available for purchase on iTunes.


Titus Makin Debuts Video For Ropes

Titus Makin is usually seen acting on shows like Glee, Grey’s Anatomy and he can currently be seen on Hulu’s The Path. The actor has branched out and started making music. “Ropes” is a pop single with the inspirational bravado to accompany any kind of sports champion or winning situation. Makin explained “Ropes” in a press release:

“Ropes is about the constant war we have with ourselves every single day! When we want to do good but evil is always present with us. The inward battle of trying to rid yourself of old harmful habits and cling to the healthy. Keeping your connection to God & not turning away trying to fulfill your own selfish desires”

Makin is working on his second EP Lean and will be releasing his next single, “Good Love” soon.


Maroon 5 & Sza Spend All Day Having Fun In Video For What Lovers Do

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Sza spend all day and night frolicking as lovers in the “What Lovers Do” video. They have dinosaurs, talking sunflowers and deer around them as they jet ski, gamble and run through a field as kids.



Nick Hakim Kicks Off North American Tour

Nick Hakim is launching his North American tour today at New York City’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. His song “Needy Bees” was featured in HBO’s season two of Insecure. Green Twins, his debut album was released earlier this year and was praised by fans and critics. In November, he will begin his European tour The D.C. and it will end in February of 2018. See tour dates below:

Oct 03 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Oct 04 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery

Oct 05 Raleigh, NC – Kings

Oct 06 Nashville, TN – Basement East

Oct 07 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl

Oct 09 Birmingham, AL – The Nick

Oct 10 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa

Oct 12 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Oct 13 Austin TX – Antone’s

Oct 14 Austin TX – ACL Festival

Oct 15 Dallas, TX – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)

Oct 17 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress

Oct 18 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

Oct 19 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex

Oct 20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Oct 21 Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club

Oct 23 Portland, OR – Doug Fir

Oct 24 Seattle, WA – Barboza

Nov 01 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Avant-Garde

Nov 02 Belfort, FR – La Poudrière

Nov 03 Rotterdam, NL – BIRD

Nov 04 Eindhoven, NL – So What’s Next Festival

Nov 07 Bristol, UK – The Lantern

Nov 08 Vienna AT – Gasometer ^

Nov 09 Zagreb HR – Tvornica Kulture ^

Nov 10 Milan IT – Fabrique Milano ^

Nov 13 Berlin DE – Columbiahalle ^

Nov 15 Brussels, BE – Forest National *

Nov 16 Amsterdam, NL – AFAS Live *

Nov 17 Hamburg, GER – Uberjazz Festival

Nov 18 Paris, FR – Le Zenith *

Nov 23 Manchester UK – O2 Apollo ^

Nov 24 Wolverhampton UK – Civic Hall ^

Nov 26 London UK – O2 Academy Brixton ^

Nov 27 London UK – London UK – O2 Academy Brixton ^

Nov 29 Southampton UK – O2 Guildhall ^

Dec 1 Cologne DE – Palladium ^

Dec 3 Stockholm SE – Annexet ^

Dec 4 Stockholm SE – Annexet ^

Dec 5 Oslo NO – Sentrum Scene ^

Dec 6 Oslo NO – Sentrum Scene ^

Feb 12 Birmingham UK – Hare and Hounds

Feb 13 Bristol UK – The Lantern

Feb 14 London UK – KOKO

Feb 15 Leeds UK – Brudenell Social Club

Feb 16 Glasgow UK – King Tut’s

Feb 17 Manchester UK – The Deaf Institute