Smokey Robinson Signs with Universal's Verve Label

3:00 PM PST 03/29/2013 by THR Staff
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From left: Keith Urban, Smokey Robinson and Randy Jackson.

The Motown legend will release his 29th album, a collection of duets, this fall.

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&R the record.

The news comes on the heels of Robinson’s March 27 and 28 appearance on American Idol, where the show’s top eight contestants were challenged to perform songs by artists who hail from Detroit, where the influential Motown sound was born.

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Said Foster in making the announcement: "From the early 60's to this very day, you can turn on a radio anywhere in the world and hear his music. Smokey Robinson's contributions to the world of music as a performer, producer and songwriter are nothing short of a 'miracle.’  I'm so pleased to welcome Smokey to the Verve Music Group family.  We're looking forward to a great collaboration worthy of the legacy of this great label."

The duets album will feature hits written by Robinson, which include such classics as "My Girl," "Cruisin," and "The Tears of a Clown."

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