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Madonna Joins Jimmy Fallon And The Roots For A Classroom Rendition Of 'Holiday' [Video]


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Remember those totally unusable instruments you were given for music class in elementary school? Well, it turns out, they're not so unusable after all - Jimmy Fallon enlists Madonna and The Roots and his collection of children's music things in an epic new video.

Madonna at the 2015 Brit AwardsMadonna performs 'Holiday' with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots

You never see real musicians using the likes of maracas, cowbells, glockenspiels or tambourines in their compositions (not often, anyway) so why do teachers expect children to learn the art of music making this way? Well, legendary neo-soul collective The Roots and Queen of Pop Madonna have proved on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' that with proper execution these instruments aren't so lame after all.

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Jimmy Fallon's Lip-Sync Battle Becomes Super Bowl XLIX Comedy Highlight


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The Super Bowl XLIX was all anyone could talk about over the weekend - and it wasn't just about the epic win of the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks. As per usual, this year provided some pretty hilarious highlights, most notably from 'The Tonight Show''s Jimmy Fallon.

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Jimmy Fallon provided the comedy at Super Bowl XLIX

Fallon was shooting a Super Bowl special for 'The Tonight Show', filming at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix for the first time in honour of the occasion. Despite special guests Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola and LeGarrette Blount of the Patriots making an appearance, Fallon did well to keep the attention on him with his admittedly impressive 'Super Bowl of Lip Sync Battles' skit.

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Video - Nick Jonas Makes An Appearance At The Nickelodeon Halo Awards


The Nickelodeon HALO Awards at Pier 36 saw a host of celebrities arrive to honour the children who inspired by Helping And Leading Others. Amongst the stars were Nick Jonas, British pop band The Vamps (consisting of Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey and Brad Simpson), and the HALO winners themselves, Yash Gupta, Alanna Wall, Cassandra Lin, Nicholas Lowinger and Lulu Cerone.

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The Roots - Nickelodeon Halo Awards - Arrivals - NY, New York, United States - Saturday 15th November 2014

Nickelodeon Halo Awards

The Roots - Nickelodeon Halo Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Saturday 15th November 2014

Musicians, Celebrities And World Leaders Unite To Fight Poverty At Global Citizen Festival


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So there’s SXSW for the hipsters, Coachella for the fashionable crowd… and then there’s the Global Citizen music festival, which has a different vibe altogether. Held in Central Park, the third annual event featured the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, No Doubt, Sting and fun. The star-packed festival is free to attend and sets itself the ambitious goal of “erasing poverty by 2030.”

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After their On The Run success, Bey and Jay graced the Central Park stage in honor of a good cause.

So here’s how it works. The acts all performed for free, with brief speeches by the likes of Jessica Alba, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde speaking in between performances. It was an exercise in raising awareness and putting pressure on world leaders to enact more effective policies on equality. Attendees were also encouraged to take the pledge, which would earn them points to put towards VIP entry.

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Celebrities take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz and Steve Higgins - A-list celebrities including "Mirrors" hit-maker Justin Timberlake, Canadian popstar Justin Bieber, TV show host Oprah Winfrey, host of American idol Ryan Seacrest, Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea, English fashion model Cara Delevingne and many more have all taken part in the ALS ice bucket challenge, designed to raise money and awareness for the neurodegenerative illness ALS also known as MND - Tuesday 19th August 2014

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz and Steve Higgins
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz and Steve Higgins

Africa Oye Festival

Misty in Roots - Africa Oye festival at Sefton Park is the UK's largest free festival which celebrates African culture and music - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Sunday 22nd June 2014

The Roots - When The People Cheer (Lyric Video)


Having recently returned with their highly acclaimed newest album '.And Then You Shoot Your Cousin', The Roots have unleashed a bizarre stop-motion animated lyric video for the record's first single 'When The People Cheer'.

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Foo Fighters, The Roots Added to 2014 Super Bowl Weekend Lineup


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Super Bowl weekend just got a whole lot more interesting. The Foo Fighters and The Roots were both just added to the festivities, according to Spin.

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The Foo Fighters are set to perform on February 1st, the day before the game, along with the Zac Brown Band. While the pairing may seem a little odd, the bands are actually friends. Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters produced Brown's last EP. The Foo Fighters are currently working on a new album, and said to expect a "little secret" very, very soon.

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Festive sweaters from your favourite band

The Roots Christmas sweater - You'll certainly be rocking around the Christmas tree in these festive little numbers. Here is a diverse selection of Christmas jumpers from bands and artists such as One Direction, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age and even the notoriously grumpy Morrissey. - Wednesday 11th December 2013

The Roots And Jimmy Fallon Put A New Spin On Miley's 'We Can't Stop'


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Miley Cyrus partied it up over the summer, but for her Tuesday appearance on Late Night, she served up a toned down, a cappella version of 'We Can’t Stop,' in collaboration with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon. The cover was intended as promotion for Miley’s newly released Bangerz, but it may have also helped to redeem the singer in the eyes of some of her more…critical fans.

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See, she can still be (mostly) family-friendly.

It was a Brady Bunch-like montage, with Miley sporting a clean, toned down outfit and singing in the gentlest tones we’ve heard from her of late. Barring lines like “trying to get a line in the bathroom,” it was almost family-friendly. And, of course, like anything The Roots touch, it was catchier than ever. As an added bonus, this kind of tribute to the squeaky clean 90s favorite The Brady Bunch means that Cyrus hasn’t entirely left her family TV roots behind – perhaps Hannah Montana is dead and buried, but even this new, rebellious, platinum blonde Cyrus appreciates a bit of 90s sitcom goodness. And of course, vocally, she's at her best with this cover.

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Elvis Costello And The Roots Form Unlikely Alliance For 'Wise Up Ghost'


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Talk about your unlikely collaborations, Elvis Costello has teamed up with hip-hop group The Roots for a full album of original material that combines Costello's rock and blues know-how with Roots drummer ?uestlove's keen ear for a funky beat. The result of their unassuming team-up is the quite brilliant Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs.

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The Roots helped bring out the best in Costello

?uesto revealed the plans to record a collaboration with Costello way back in January this year, and since then the unlikely pairing made some sweet sweet music in the studio, resulting in the upcoming release. Despite not being released until next week, the lucky few who have managed to listen to the album early are in agreement that the collaboration, whilst not seeming like the most natural thing in the world, works out 100% and the team have made one heck of a record.

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Pure Jokes On Blue Paper - Jimmy Fallon's Perfectly Crafted 'Breaking Bad' Spoof


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If a pop culture trend exists, so does a Jimmy Fallon parody of it. Not that we’re complaining, the Late Night host does have a knack for parodies, which he proved once again with his latest – Joking Bad. As it turns out, even knock-knock jokes can be funny, if you frame them right.

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Much like Walt, Jimmy has just six more months left - at Late Night, that is.

“Jimmy, I’m afraid it’s bad news,” the segment starts. ”You only have six months.”

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In One Last Bout Of Summer Festival Euphoria, Snoop Dogg And Franz Ferdinand Rock Bestival


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Snoop Dogg and Franz Ferdinand dominated Saturday at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Festival goers enjoyed a rare bit of sunshine yesterday (September 7) and Snoop Dogg performed a set, featuring some of his biggest hits to a backdrop of his own face (because of course he did.)

Snoop Dogg, Bestival
Snoop's new persona isn't exactly a hit with fans.

Check out more pictures from this year's festival in our gallery.

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