The Roots

  1. BACKBEAT: The Secret Sisters @Joe's Pub

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Secret Sisters have had a busy year after being discovered in 2009 - quickly signing to Universal Republic and releasing their debut 45, a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River,” with the help of Jack White and his own Third Man Records. On Sept. ...

  2. Linkin Park And Trey Songz Debut At Nos. 1 & 2 On Billboard 200

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "A Thousand Suns" opening atop the list with 241,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rock band beats out R&B singer Trey Songz, as his "Passion ...

  3. Web Trends: Lady Gaga, Trent Reznor, 'American Idol' and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 1. 15 Fun & Bizarre Facts About Lady Gaga 2. Trent Reznor to Release Preview for “The Social Network” Soundtrack 3. DJ Pauly D's ...

  4. Web Trends: 'America's Got Talent,' Kanye West, Taylor Swift and more

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 10. Michael Grimm "America's Got Talent" Grimm won "America's Got Talent" last night (Sept. 15) with a performance of Michael Bolton's "When a Man Loves a Woman." 12. Jackie E ...

  5. Spike Lee to Direct John Legend, The Roots Live Webcast

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spike Lee will direct a live webcast of a concert featuring John Legend and the Roots. The concert, to be held in New York on Sept. 23, is the second part of "Unstaged," a live concert series presented by American Express Co. The first w ...

  6. Web Trends: Lady Gaga, Eminem, Cher, Madonna and more

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 6. Lady Gaga meat dress Lady Gaga accepted her "Video of the Year" Moon Man in a dress that looked like raw meat. (Also trending at #13) 15. Jay-Z/Eminem Yankee Stadium The two rapper heavyweights will be perfo ...

  7. BACKBEAT: American Airlines' Blackatlas.Com hosts John Legend and The Roots

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT American Airlines’ BlackAtlas.com hosted an intimate concert on Aug. 30 at Bowery Ballroom in NYC with Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Legend and Grammy Award-winning super-group The Roots , in celebration of their new album WAKE UP! du ...

  8. BACKBEAT: ASCAP, The Black Eyed Peas, Raphael Saadiq, President Clinton, Usher and many more

    August 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP stopped by Dubway Studios in NYC on Auguest 10, where Taio Cruz was recording his iTunes Sessions, to congratulate Cruz on his #1 Billboard Hot 100 smash "Break Your Heart featuring Ludacris." Pictured here, from left, are Alexandr ...

  9. Gilliam to Direct YouTube Webcast of Arcade Fire

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Terry Gilliam will direct the live webcast of Arcade Fire's concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The Arcade Fire show kicks off "Unstaged," a new online concert series being launched by American Express and streame ...

  10. Business Matters: Live Nation, HullabaLOU, Verizon and more

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION EYES IRELAND -- Live Nation has plans to take its UK model to Ireland, according to Denis Desmond of Gaiety Investments. “In England, we’ve got Live Nation/Gaiety, which works great, and the plan is to recreate that in Ireland. We are ...

  11. Arcade Fire, John Legend To Stream Concerts Live

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Within hours of most any concert, shaky and distorted footage of the show can be found online from front row or the balcony. But online concert video has been steadily building toward live streaming, digital quality video and accompanying social m ...

  12. Vampire Weekend Anchors Third Roots Picnic Fest

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots. The event will be held June 5 at Philadelphia's Festival Pier; tickets go on sale Friday (March 5) via LiveNat ...

  13. Eminem, Fabolous and Others To Celebrate Def Jam 25 At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem was never a part of Def Jam Records, but the rapper is going to join the likes of Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, Method Man and many others to celebrate the legendary label during this year's 6th annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors. ...

  14. BET Announces BET Awards Nominees

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BET announced yesterday (May 12) the host, nominees, performers and honorees for the 2009 BET awards during the taping of the network’s music video countdown show “106 & Park.” Hosted by actor/singer Jamie Foxx, the event will be held in Los A ...

  15. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, SSS

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Aretha Franklin will play the Hollywood Bowl for the first time in 35 years on June 26. Franklin joins a summer 2009 Bowl performance lineup that includes Raphael Saadiq, Janelle Monae, the Roots, Etta James and Grace Jones. Single tickets for ...

  16. TV On The Radio, Public Enemy Set For 'Roots Picnic'

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TV On The Radio, Public Enemy, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by The Roots to play the band's second annual hometown "Roots Picnic" on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Public Enemy will perform th ...

  17. The Roots Gear Up For 'Late Night'

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fans of The Roots can rest easy. The Philadelphia-based band has started work on a new album and still plans to tour. But the Grammy Award-winning group's primary focus right now is its new gig as the house band for "Late Night with Jimm ...

  18. Slow Ticket Sales Sink Langerado Festival

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Langerado Music Festival in Miami is the first large-scale U.S. festival to fall victim to a poor economy in 2009. The seventh annual event, which was set for March 6-8 at Bicentennial Park, has been cancelled "due to sluggish ticket sale ...

  19. Promoter China West Suspends Operations

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Shanghai-based China West Entertainment, which has promoted shows by Norah Jones, James Blunt and Kanye West in China, has suspended operations. Following a lengthy career as a promoter in the U.S, Steve Sybesma launched China West Entertainment i ...

  20. The Roots Onboard For Red Bull Soundclash

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Roots, who were recently named the house band for Jimmy Fallon's upcoming talk show on NBC, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," will perform at a Red Bull sponsored event at the end of January. The show, on Jan. 29 at the Roxy in Bo ...

  21. Death Cab, Snoop, Ryan Adams To Rock Langerado

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Death Cab For Cutie, Snoop Dogg, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Dashboard Confessional, Broken Social Scene and Girl Talk lead the bill for the seventh Langerado Music Festival, to be held March 6-8 at Bicentennial Park in Miami. Thievery Corporati ...

  22. Rock The Bells To Make European Debut

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells will make its European debut this fall with performances by Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, the Pharcyde, EPMD, Supernatural and Scratch, among others. The European trek launches Oct. 31 at the T-Mobile Arena in ...

  23. Langerado Festival Headed To Miami In 2009

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The 2009 edition of Florida's annual Langerado Music Festival will be held at Bicentennial Park in Miami, marking the event's fifth venue change since launching seven years ago, according to festival co-producer Ethan Schwartz. Next year ...

  24. Nas Reveals North American Run

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In between performance dates on this summer's Rock the Bells tour, rapper Nas will embark on a 21-date North American tour in support of his new untitled album, due tomorrow (July 15) via Def Jam. The trek visits primarily clubs and theaters, ...

  25. Touring Briefs: Slow Food Rocks, SoCo Music Experience, All Points West

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Gnarls Barkley, Ozomatli, the New Pornographers, Medeski Martin & Wood, G. Love & Special Sauce and the John Butler Trio, among others, will perform at the Slow Food Rocks music festival, to be held Aug. 30-31 at the Great Meadow at For ...

  26. Costello, The Roots Set For Whistler Music Festival

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Costello and the Imposters, the Roots and Broken Social Scene have been tapped for this year's inaugural Whistler Music Festival, to be held July 19-20 at Tube Park at Base II on the side of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, B.C. Other ar ...

  27. Buy Like An Eagle: American Eagle

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a slow economy and soaring gas prices, many concertgoers this summer will spend more than $200 in ticket fees to attend a multiple-day music festival. But in an effort to provide an affordable ticket price for its 15- to 25-year-old demogr ...

  28. Chili Peppers Frontman To Curate New Fest

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Clothing retailer American Eagle Outfitters has tapped Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis to curate the first New American Music Union festival, to be held Aug. 8-9 at SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh. Along with 15 college bands from around ...

  29. The Summer Preview: The Best Of The Best

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher is getting things warmed up. This month-by-month look at more than 180 albums promises to have a summer tune for everyone. Rock comes in heavy with Shinedown, Disturbed, Slipknot and Motley Crue. Hip-hop sees highly anticipated releases from ...

  30. Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's "Hard Candy" leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists -- only Barbra Streisand, wit ...

  31. Madonna's the Queen of Charts

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's "Hard Candy" album makes a sweet entrance at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 280,000, giving the diva her seventh chart-topper and the third biggest sales week of the year. A whopping 26% of the album's first we ...

  32. Harrah's, C3 Presents Announce Artist Bookings

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After striking a national deal several months ago to program and promote music at about 20 Harrah's properties, Austin, Texas-based C3 Presents has locked down a number of artist bookings for the company's casino properties in the upcomi ...

  33. Tribe, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul Lead Rock The Bells

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After breaking out last year with a handful of large-scale festival performances from the reunited Rage Against the Machine, this summer's Rock the Bells tour will feature appearances by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim a ...

  34. Roots, Marley, Nevilles Set For Green Apple Fest

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Roots, Los Lonely Boys, the Neville Brothers, Ziggy Marley and Taj Mahal are just a few of the names that will grace this year's eight-city Green Apple Festival. The free concert event, which last year was held only in New York, Chicago a ...

  35. Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty Lead Mile High Festival

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Dave Matthews Band and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will headline the first Mile High Music Festival, to be held July 19-20 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Other artists scheduled to perform include John Mayer, ...

  36. The Roots 'Rise' On Upcoming Album

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Roots' ?uestlove and Black Thought hosted a private listening session on Thursday (March 6th) of their upcoming 10th album, "Rising Down," set for an April 29 release via Def Jam. "Rising" features guest appearances fr ...

  37. Touring Briefs: Raven-Symone, Summer Camp Fest, Essence Fest

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Actress/singer Raven-Symoné will embark on a 55-date U.S. arena tour, beginning April 26 at Orlando, Fla.'s UCF Arena, and wrapping July 13 at Sacramento, Calif.'s ARCO Arena. The nationwide "Pajama Party" trek, produced by ...

  38. Stevie, Billy, Jimmy Join Together For Jazz Fest

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffett are among the dozens of acts set to appear at New Orleans' annual Jazz & Heritage Festival this spring. The Shell-sponsored event will be held April 25-27 and May 1-4 at the city's Fair Gro ...

  39. Linkin Park, Common, Crystal Method Ready For 'Block Party'

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park, Common, the Crystal Method, Cut Chemist, Z-Trip and Supernatural will perform at three Los Angeles clubs tonight (Oct. 26) as part of the Sunset Strip Block Party, an event that aims to educate members of the press and entertainment c ...

  40. GoTV, Guerilla Union Team For Mobile Hip-Hop

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile TV network GoTV and live event producer Guerilla Union have partnered to bring behind-the-scenes artist performances and festival footage of all Guerilla Union programming -- including Rock the Bells and Paid Dues tours -- to GoTV's Hi ...

  41. Bestival Label Goes Green

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The label arm of Bestival, the U.K. dance and electronic-music festival, will produce only environmentally-friendly CDs from now on. The label, Sunday Best Recordings, is preparing to release two "carbon neutral" albums ahead of this yea ...

  42. Blue Note To Sponsor Jazz Tent At Bonnaroo

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Bonnaroo Music Festival is adding a jazz tent to its sprawling festival, sponsored by the renowned Blue Note label. Among the performers slated to perform at the festival, scheduled June 14-17 on a 283-hectare farm about 100 kilometres southea ...

  43. Sage Francis Readies Tour

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Underground spoken-word rapper Sage Francis, a self-declared "road warrior," will embark on a seven-week U.S. club/theater trek later this month in support of his latest album, "Human the Death Dance," which hits stores today v ...

  44. Daft Punk, Stooges, MMJ Join Pearl Jam At Lollapalooza

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Daft Punk, the Stooges, My Morning Jacket, Muse, Modest Mouse, Interpol, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ben Harper and Snow Patrol are among the top acts joining previously announced headliner Pearl Jam at this year's Lollapalooza, to be held Aug. 3-5 ...

  45. Dave Matthews Band Set For Shed Trek

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After performing a handful of overseas gigs in May, Dave Matthews Band will return Stateside for a summer amphitheater tour that extends into early October. The 36-date trek starts July 8 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., and wraps with a two-ni ...

  46. NARM News: Warning From Top Research Firm

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Physical goods buisness, kiosks and more. Retailers must look to a mix of new product innovations and more aggressive consumer marketing strategies to counteract a slumping physical goods business, according to a new study from research firm NPD. ...

  47. MTVU Announces Woodie Nominees

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With three nods, Coheed & Cambria lead the nominees for the first mtvU Woodie Awards, which will recognize artists who have made an impact on the college-music scene. College TV network mtvU will With three nods, Coheed & Cambria lead ...

  48. Artemis Picks Up Ropeadope For Distribution

    March 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Dirty Dozen Brass Band release due in May. Artemis Records has signed a long-term U.S. distribution deal with ropeadope music. Originally handled by Caroline, New York-based ropeadope was most recently distributed by Atlantic Records. Founded by A ...

  49. Lineup Set For Playboy Jazz Fest

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST A mix of seasoned headliners and rising acts marking their festival debut comprise the lineup for this year's Playboy Jazz Festival. A mix of seasoned headliners and rising acts marking their festival debut comprise the lineup for this year&# ...

  50. Roots Launch Okayplayer Records

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Roots have formed a label, Okayplayer Records, in partnership with Decon, a multimedia design/entertainment company. Distribution is by RED. The Roots have formed a label, Okayplayer Records, in partnership with Decon, a multimedia design/ente ...

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