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The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Patti Austin & James Ingram’s “Baby, Come To Me”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2020 - 8:48 am

We've Got A File On You

We’ve Got A File On You: Thundercat

We’ve Got A File On You features interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest
Ryan Leas | April 1, 2020 - 2:45 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: The Doobie Brothers’ “What A Fool Believes”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | January 27, 2020 - 10:34 am

More Michael McDonald stories

Watch Jason Isbell And Amanda Shires Cover Kenny Rogers On CMT Tribute Special

Last night, CMT aired an all-star special in honor of Kenny Rogers, the pop-country superstar who died last month at the age of 81. During…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2020 - 9:16 am

Universal Confirms That Nirvana, Beck, Soundgarden, Slayer, More Masters Were Damaged Or Destroyed In 2008 Fire

Last year, in a massive feature, the New York Times reported on a musical-history loss that had been kept largely secret. In 2008, a fire…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2020 - 9:06 am

The Week In Pop

SHAED’s “Trampoline” Is The Latest Pop Hit Smuggled Through Rock Radio

Because my car is not new or fancy enough to display song titles and artist names when I listen to the radio, I sometimes find…
Chris DeVille | September 26, 2019 - 11:05 am

The Week In Pop

Prepare To Be Spooked: It’s Christmas Album Time Again

It's late October, which means we're deep into the most terrifying season of the year: that moment when all kinds of musicians unveil their new…
Chris DeVille | October 25, 2018 - 12:40 pm

Watch Conan O’Brien’s Star Wars Cantina Band Documentary

Finally, Figrin D'an And The Modal Nodes are getting their due. The band also known as the Cantina Band, famous for their hit song "Cantina…
Peter Helman | July 21, 2018 - 9:06 pm

Thundercat – “Show You The Way” Video (Feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)

For "Show You The Way," the first single from his Drunk album, Thundercat recruited the soft-rock titans Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. And when Thundercat…
Tom Breihan | October 12, 2017 - 11:29 am

Michael McDonald Remembers His Friend & Collaborator Walter Becker Of Steely Dan

Of the many musicians who have passed through Steely Dan's ranks and worked with the late Walter Becker, Michael McDonald is among the most celebrated.
Gary Graff / Billboard | September 7, 2017 - 6:23 pm

Stream Michael McDonald’s First Album Of New Songs In 17 Years

After releasing a trio of cover albums nine years ago, R&B legend Michael McDonald will release his first album of new songs in 17 years…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | September 7, 2017 - 12:34 pm

Q&A

Michael McDonald Picks The Song Of The Summer

Stereogum's annual Song Of The Summer contest is still anyone's game, and who better to assess this year's competitors than Michael McDonald? This fall the…
Scott Lapatine | July 25, 2017 - 9:51 am

Watch Thundercat Play The Tonight Show With Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins

On his new album Drunk, jazz-funk starchild Thundercat wrangled big names like Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell. But when it came time to release the lead…
Tom Breihan | June 6, 2017 - 9:17 am

Sounding Board

Don’t Keep Forgetting: How Michael McDonald Escaped Punchline Status

For a long time, the Doobie Brothers have felt like kind of a joke: the type of band it's easy to imagine namechecked in the…
Nate Patrin | March 9, 2017 - 11:16 am

Watch Solange Perform “What A Fool Believes” With Michael McDonald At Okeechobee Fest

At the end of her set at Florida's Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival yesterday, Solange joined the Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald for a performance of…
Peter Helman | March 5, 2017 - 10:44 am
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