“My Girl” featured on Spotify’s Top Love Songs

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John Legend’s “All of Me” is proving to be a timeless track as Spotify names the 2013 hit its top love song. “All of Me” was a dedication to Legend’s then fiancee, now wife, Chrissy Teigen seven years ago. The moving ballad became Legend’s first No. 1 song in the United States and continues to break records for the singer and songwriter. With 1.1 billion streams on Spotify, “All of Me” has become the platform’s top love song, anticipating a jump in streams this Valentine’s Day.“The impact of ‘All of Me’ continues to amaze and inspire me,” Legend told Spotify. “I’m so honored to know we created something that has meant so much to so many people. I wrote this song to express how I felt to the woman I love as we were about to commit to a lifetime together…I’m grateful to know that lovers around the world have connected with this song and made it their own.”

According to Spotify, “All of Me” is the most-added song in the “love” themed playlist and it’s also the top song choice for men and women on playlists titled Valentine’s Day. The track has been added to more than 29 million playlists, spiking in streams every year on Valentine’s Day by at least 50 percent.

Legend’s hit beat out other iconic tracks that appear on Valentine’s Day playlists globally including Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

See Spotify’s 10 most played love songs globally below:

“All of Me” – John Legend
“Thinking out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
“Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars
“I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
“My Girl” – The Temptations
“Make You Feel My Love” – Adele
“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – from “Armageddon” – Aerosmith
“I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz

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Shinola’s Great American: Smokey Robinson Is Still Doing What He Loves Best

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Motown’s Smokey Robinson turns 80 years old next month, and Shinola is introducing new products in honor of the singer, songwriter, producer and this year’s focus for Shinola’s Great American Series.

“After 60 beautiful years of creating and being inspired by music, I’m still living my dream,” says Robinson, whose creativity shows no sign of waning. “To partner with and be recognized by Shinola, a Detroit-based company, as their next Great American is an absolute honor. I worked closely with them to create a one-of-a-kind watch for both men and women, and I hope my fans wear them proudly.”

Robinson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, but his music has traveled around the world and has had a lasting effect on multiple generations of fans, defining a new era with an unforgettable sound. So it’s fitting that in addition to two new Vinton watches, journals and a greeting card, the collection also includes a Runwell turntable crafted by family-owned American turntable manufacturer VPI Industries, based in New Jersey.

“Shinola is honored to celebrate Smokey Robinson as our latest Great American,” said Shannon Washburn, President & CEO of Shinola. “Born and raised in Detroit his impact on music and artists around the world is legendary. Having met Smokey at the onset of the project, I was impressed by his approachability, humility and kindness. He embodies the attributes in line with the Great Americans Series we celebrate at Shinola.”

Prior watch and accessory collections in the Great American Series, which made its debut in 2013, have paid homage to Maya Angelou, Jackie Robinson, the Wright Brothers and others who have made a lasting mark on American culture.

The quart-driven Smokey Robinson Great American Series Vinton watches are fitted with argonite movements, and are offered in 38mm or 32mm case sizes. Each features a circular brushed stainless-steel case and a three-link stainless steel bracelet. This three-hand timepiece has Arabic numerals on the true-blue enamel dial, and the caseback of the timepiece is designed to be engraved, as are all the casebacks within the new Vinton collection.

“With the Vinton, we set out to make a much slimmer watch with a slimmer case,” according to Shinola Watch Design Director Bill Guy. “We then had this caseback with a big, bright steel surface right around the time engraving was taking off with our jewelry line. It was the perfect time to emphasize engraving.”

Engraving is a popular trend among watch enthusiasts, and the caseback of a timepiece offers a discreet canvas for a message, a date or simply initials. A choice of font and font size for the engraving are also available.

Limited to 1,000 pieces in each size, the Smokey Robinson timepiece gift set—watch and 45 rpm record adapter—is priced at $950 (it debuts January 31), and it will be available on Shinola.com and at Shinola retail locations. Incidentally, the purchase of a Smokey Robinson Great Americans Series watch grants access to The Foundry: a private collectors’ club established exclusively for owners of limited-edition Shinola products.


Article via Forbes