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Forgetful Madonna Refuses To Use Teleprompter

The Vogue hitmaker made the admission after joining U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon and his The Tonight Show house band The Roots on Thursday (09Apr15) to perform an acoustic version of her...

10th April 2015

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

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...

By Holly Williams | 10th April 2015

Questlove Reviews Kim Gordon's Memoir For The New York Times

The Roots drummer, real name Ahmir Thompson, picked up a copy of Girl in a Band and shared his thoughts on the autobiography in an article published this week (begs09Mar15). In his...

12th March 2015

Jimmy Fallon's Lip-sync Battle Becomes Super Bowl Xlix Comedy Highlight

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...

By Holly Williams | 2nd February 2015

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"I got drunk for the first time. I had my first hangover... I probably did one too many rum shots. I'm not a real drinker... but it was nice." The Roots bandleader Ahmir 'questlove' Thompson...

22nd January 2015

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One Direction joined U.S. Tv host Jimmy Fallon on his talk show THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING Jimmy Fallon on Monday (22Dec14) to perform a unique version of holiday song Santa Claus is Coming to Town....

23rd December 2014

Tv Mogul Brandon Stoddard Dies

Brandon Stoddard, the Tv mogul behind ground-breaking miniseries Roots and The Winds Of War, has died, aged 77.The one-time Abc Entertainment president lost his battle with cancer at his home in Bel-Air on Monday (22Dec14)....

23rd December 2014

Perry Farrell And Rufus Wainwright Line Up For David Byrne And Talking Heads Tribute

Rocker Perry Farrell, singer Rufus Wainwright and hip-hop band The Roots are set to salute David Byrne and the Talking Heads at a special tribute concert next year (15).ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, O.A.R., Steve Earle...

17th December 2014

Questlove Urges Artists To Write Protest Songs After Eric Garner Ruling

The Roots drummer Questlove has challenged fellow musicians to write protest songs in response to recent U.S. grand jury decisions to clear cops over the deaths of two men.Last month (Nov14) it was ruled police...

5th December 2014

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U.S. Tv host Jimmy Fallon stepped into Bono's shoes on Monday (17Nov14) to perform Desire as the U2 singer alongside house band The Roots after the Irish rocker was forced to scrap a week-long residency...

18th November 2014

The Roots' Questlove And Black Thought Launch Fund For Alma Mater

Hip-hop stars The Roots have launched a new education foundation for their alma mater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after budget cuts prompted school officials to cancel its annual theatre production.Drummer Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and rapper Tariq...

5th November 2014

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Actor Miles Teller showed off his musical skills on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (30Sep14) by playing the drums with house band The Roots.

1st October 2014

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

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...

By Victoria Pavlova | 29th September 2014

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Actor Jason Segel teamed up with U.S. Tv host Jimmy Fallon to take on members of his house band, hip-hop group The Roots, in a fun game of Family Fortunes during an appearance on THE...

9th September 2014

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Singer Meghan Trainor teamed up with U.S. Tv presenter Jimmy Fallon and his house band The Roots for a special acoustic rendition of her song All About That Bass, with the hip-hop group using school...

5th September 2014

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Actor Rob Riggle proved he was game for a challenge on Tuesday (12Aug14), when he joined U.S. comedian Jimmy Fallon and his The Tonight Show house band The Roots to douse themselves in buckets of...

13th August 2014

The Roots Star Questlove Credits Robin Williams With Giving Him Purpose

The Roots star Questlove will forever be grateful to late funnyman Robin Williams for giving him the creative boost he needed following a chance meeting backstage at the Grammy Awards in 2001.Questlove reveals he and...

12th August 2014

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Former Kiss star Ace Frehley is to join The Roots for a night when he sits in as lead guitarist for comedian Jimmy Fallon's house band on The Tonight Show on Tuesday (12Aug14). The appearance...

7th August 2014

Questlove Pays Tribute To Late Manager

Questlove has written a touching online article about Richard Nichols, the longtime manager of his hip-hop group The Roots, who died earlier this month (Jul14).Nichols passed away following a battle with leukaemia on 17 July...

31st July 2014

The Roots' Manager Dies

The longtime manager of acclaimed hip-hop group The Roots has died.Rumours surfaced on Wednesday (16Jul14) suggesting Richard Nichols had died following a long illness, but his musician pal Jon Pinder cleared up the reports on...

17th July 2014

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"Our rivals ended up being Boyz II Men... They used to cheat in the talent show with glitter by (throwing it out of their hands). Girls started swooning, I was like 'What are you doing?...

27th June 2014

Questlove Executive Producing Music Series

The Roots drummer Questlove is set to executive produce a music series for U.S. network Vh1.SoundClash will feature three musical acts performing simultaneously on one stage, according to Billboard.com. Lil Wayne, Fall Out...

9th May 2014

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Rapper Nas has recruited hip-hop group The Roots to perform with him at the Boston Calling Music Festival in Massachusetts this September (14). The artists will join the likes of The National, Lorde, The Replacements...

24th April 2014

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Actor/singer Russell Crowe showed off his musical skills on Thursday (27Mar14) as he jammed with U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon and his house band The Roots on a rendition of Johnny Cash's Folson Prison...

28th March 2014

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The Roots star Questlove will return to teach New York University students about music for a second year. The musician gave a lecture on classic albums in 2013, and this year (14), he will be...

23rd March 2014

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Broadway star Idina Menzel joined U.S. Tv host Jimmy Fallon on his talk show on Monday (03Mar14) to perform a unique version of her Oscar-winning song Let It Go from the movie Frozen. The couple...

4th March 2014

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

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.The Foo Fighters performing in LondonThe Foo Fighters are set...

By Jaclyn Brandt | 20th December 2013

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Jack Johnson and The Roots have teamed up to record a reworked version of Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for charity. The group's performance of the popular tune from U.S. show Late Night with...

10th December 2013

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Actor/comedian Bill Cosby stole the show from U.S. late night host Jimmy Fallon on Monday (18Nov13) when he appeared as a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The star walked past the host and...

19th November 2013

M.i.a. Embarrassed Herself On First Meeting With The Roots

British rapper M.I.A. was forced to relive the shame of her first meeting with The Roots on U.S. Tv on Thursday (07Nov13), after appearing on the talk show which features the hip-hop group as the...

8th November 2013

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