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Smokey Robinson To Release First New LP In 14 Years

14 years since his last full length, Smokey Robinson is releasing his first album of brand new music.

Now 82 years old, the Motown legend confirmed that his ‘Gasms’ LP will be released on April 28 and, pre-empting his first album of original music since 2009’s ‘Time Flies When You’re Having Fun,’ the iconic musician dropped the first single ‘If We Don’t Have Each Other’.

In a statement about his new project, Smokey said “I chose this song as the first single of my new album because it’s different musically and has a slide dance feeling to it … which is different from what I’ve ever done before. It also has a current rhythm of today that I love, and I hope everyone else does too.”

News of his upcoming album comes just days before Robinson will be honored as MusiCares 2023 Persons of the Year alongside his friend and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.

Talking about the honor Smokey said “I have supported MusiCares for many years and know what great work they do for our creative community who need our help. Recently, when no one could tour, they were a lifeline to those in the touring industry for monetary help and mental health services. I am honoured that they have chosen me and my best friend and Motown founder Berry Gordy to share this beautiful honour and celebrate with you all together.”

On Friday (2.03,) the legendary duo will receive the joint honor from the charitable arm of the Recording Academy at a special gala and tribute concert at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Author: Al Denté

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