The Roots, who headlined the Playboy Jazz Festival this past weekend, discussed their slew of upcoming gigs (including backing Earth, Wind & Fire) and a new album with Betty Wright, Joe Jackson and Christian McBride. Meanwhile, host Hugh Hefner spoke with Billbaord.Biz about music -- both what he plays at the mansion and on his upcoming NBC drama "The Playboy Club."
"The Roots, the Roots, the Roots are on fire!" That one chant could be heard above the audience roar during the Roots' closing set on the opening night of the 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 11-12).
The Roots, late night television's most soulful band, blew the roof off Hollywood's Music Box last night with their seventh annual Roots Jam Session. The group got some help from Betty Wright, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, Trombone Shorty and others.
Colbie Caillat practiced a little bit of reverse psychology as she waited for the numbers to come in for her sophomore album, "Breakthrough" -- which is No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 106,000.