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Billy Idol Joins Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for ‘Social Distancing Remix’ of ‘Dancing With Myself’

Quarantine is causing everyone to question...well, everything. That includes reworking classic songs to reflect these times. On The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on…
SPIN Staff / May 22, 2020

Betty Wright, Soul Hitmaker and ‘Clean Up Woman’ Singer, Dies at 66

R&B singer Betty Wright, best-known for a string of soulful hits in 1970s and early 1980s, including "Clean Up Woman" and "Where Is the Love?",…
Ryan Reed / May 10, 2020

Sting Joins Jimmy Fallon and The Roots for Remixed Version of ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’

If there's a song that fits the times we're living in, it's The Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me." On Thursday's edition…
SPIN Staff / April 10, 2020

The Roots to Reissue Things Fall Apart, Do You Want More ?!!??!, and Illadelph Halflife for Albums’ Anniversaries

The Roots have announced a series of anniversary reissues for seminal albums Things Fall Apart, Do You Want More ?!!??! and Illadelph Halflife. The…
Israel Daramola / August 16, 2019

Watch Natalie Merchant Sing 10,000 Maniacs’ “These Are Days” With The Roots on The Tonight Show

In all the ’90s retrospectives that have been going around lately, not too many people have been talking about 10,000 Maniacs, the hugely popular early-’90s…
Tom Breihan, Stereogum / August 9, 2019

Hole, Questlove, and Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Respond to Destruction of Recordings in Universal Studios Fire

Artists whose master recordings were destroyed in a 2008 warehouse fire at Universal Studios, as reported today in an explosive New York Times Magazine story that shows Universal…
Tosten Burks / June 11, 2019

Roots Picnic 2019 Lineup: 21 Savage, Yasiin Bey, H.E.R., Lil Baby, More

The Roots' Philadelphia-based festival Roots Picnic has announced its 2019 lineup. The Roots, of course, are headlining the day-long party, which is scheduled to take…
Winston Cook-Wilson / March 12, 2019

Watch Weezer, Jimmy Fallon & the Roots Perform A-Ha’s “Take On Me” With Classroom Instruments

Weezer took The Tonight Show in a time machine to the 80s on Thursday (Feb. 28) by joining Jimmy Fallon and the Roots to…
Rania Aniftos, Billboard / February 28, 2019

Watch Ice Cube Perform “That New Funkadelic” With the Roots on Fallon

Ice Cube joined the Roots in a performance of "That New Funkadelic," the song from his upcoming LP Everythang's Corrupt on last night's episode of…
Rob Arcand / December 8, 2018

Stream Black Thought’s New EP Streams of Thought, Vol. 2

In June, The Roots’ Black Thought released a solo "debut EP," Streams of Thought, Vol. 1.  The project was produced by 9th Wonder and The Soul Council, and was billed as the…
Israel Daramola / November 26, 2018

Video: Black Thought – “Rest in Power”

Black Thought, MC and frontman of The Roots, has released a new song entitled "Rest in Power" in conjunction with the forthcoming documentary series produced…
Israel Daramola / July 24, 2018

Stream Black Thought’s New EP Streams of Thought, Vol. 1

Six months after his incredible Hot 97 freestyle, The Roots' Black Thought has released Streams of Thought, Vol. 1, a project he's billing as his "debut EP" and…
Anna Gaca / June 1, 2018

Questlove Spotted Wearing “Kanye Doesn’t Care About Black People” T-Shirt

Questlove isn't sure about Kanye's recent support of Donald Trump. During his performance with the Roots Friday night at the Concert for Peace And Justice…
Rob Arcand / April 29, 2018

Rock Hall of Fame 2018: Andra Day, Lauryn Hill, and the Roots Pay Tribute to Nina Simone

Last night, Nina Simone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and as part of the induction ceremony, Andra Day and Lauryn…
Rob Arcand / April 15, 2018

NBC Moves to Dismiss Racial Discrimination Suit Against Questlove and Send It to Arbitration

A lawsuit filed against NBC and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson by two former Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon camera operators alleging racial discrimination and defamation by…
Dan Rys, Billboard / March 21, 2018
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