1. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was ...

  2. Watch Questlove's Animated Story on Chasing Patti LaBelle's Famed Fried Chicken

    December 17, 2014 7:54 PM EST You don't spend as much time in the music business, wearing so many different hats, as Questlove has without getting a few good stories out of it.    Chris Rock and Questlove Talk the Greatest MCs of All Time and Collaborating on New Movie ...

  3. Inside D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Listening Party: A Look at Its Lyrics & Political Message

    December 14, 2014 11:36 PM EST D'Angelo invited a select audience in New York to hear his long-awaited full-length album Black Messiah Sunday, revealing there that the album would be released finally at midnight that night.  D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' ...

  4. Questlove Challenges Artists to Write Protest Songs After Mike Brown & Eric Garner Rulings

    December 04, 2014 5:35 PM EST Roots mastermind says musicians -- in hip-hop and beyond -- are not singing about the issues nearly enough. Listen up, y’all: Questlove has something to say, and as usual, it's pretty much gospel. Following the non-indictments of police off ...

  5. Questlove: The Roots & Notorious B.I.G. 'Never Made It Right' Before Biggie's Death

    November 26, 2014 7:32 PM EST After years of The Notorious B.I.G. supporting The Roots , Questlove says he and the band were regrettably not on good terms before his sudden death in 1997.  The Roots' drummer spilled the story on the Juan Epstein podcast Tuesday alongside ...

  6. Watch will.i.am and Jimmy Fallon Play Teenage Girls for ‘Ew!’ Video

    October 07, 2014 1:24 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon and  will.i.am  will never live this one down.  The TV talk-show maestro has teamed-up with the uber-producer for "Ew!", a hilarious parody on today’s selfie-obsessed youth. It’s all for a good cause, which is just as well ...

  7. Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls 'Fancy' A 'Game-Changer' For Hip-Hop

    July 24, 2014 6:16 AM EDT 0 0 0 Questlove is calling it: Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” is the song of the summer. And he’s also calling BS on the controversy surrounding the Australian-born rapper’s extraordinary rise, her all-American accent, and her potty mouth.  Speaking to Time , Ques ...

  8. Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran Backed By The Roots at Philly 4th of July Jam

    July 05, 2014 12:09 PM EDT The Roots worked as the house band for top-selling acts like Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran for its annual free concert Friday in Philadelphia celebrating Independence Day. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlight ...

  9. D'Angelo's Voodoo Still Transfixing at Red Bull Music Academy: Review

    May 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Over 14 years after his last album, the seminal neo-soul text, "Voodoo," defined an era, D'Angelo sauntered on stage in a classroom-sized theater at the Brooklyn Museum – as if he hadn't been gone a day. His signature cornrows d ...

  10. Questlove to Produce VH1 Series; Diplo to Host

    May 09, 2014 8:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jimmy Fallon's late-night show isn't the only TV program getting help from Questlove. The Roots leader is executive producing a music series for VH1 that will feature three artists performing simultaneously on one stage. "SoundClash&q ...

  11. D'Angelo Premieres Unreleased 'I'm Glad You're Mine' Live Song: Exclusive

    March 20, 2014 11:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Al Green cover comes from the singer's upcoming live album "Live At The Jazz Café." Fans have been waiting 14 years for the follow-up to D'Angelo's virtuoso R&B classic, "Voodoo." When that new LP comes is ...

  12. Justin Bieber, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon Among Shorty Awards Finalists

    February 24, 2014 2:52 PM EST Finalists for the 6th annual Shorty Awards were announced Monday, highlighting the best content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, and the rest of the social media landscape. Among the top short-form content producers in H ...

  13. Roots' Questlove to Appear on 'Law & Order: SVU'

    February 21, 2014 8:23 PM EST 0 0 0 Questlove has one less thing on his bucket list. Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" bandleader and The Roots' drummer will guest star in an upcoming episode of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU." But he won't be playing ...

  14. Jimmy Fallon: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2014 11:35 AM EST Between bookings from U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and music booker Jonathan Cohen reveal how they turned late night into one of music's hottest stops Little-known fact: Before he had his own NBC talk show or ...

  15. Gail Mitchell's R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Stax, ABC Team for 'Scandal' Soundtrack; 'Soul Train' gets Book Treatment by Questlove, and More

    August 15, 2013 4:58 PM EDT -- ABC’s hit television series “Scandal” is getting the soundtrack treatment. ABC Studios and Concord Music Group’s Stax Records are teaming up to release "Songs From Scandal: Music for Gladiators" (Sept. 3). The 12-track set showcases ...

  16. Andrew W.K. Takes On Drumming World Record

    June 18, 2013 1:56 AM EDT Andrew W.K. plans to drum for 24 hours straight in an attempt to set a world record. Starting on the evening of Wednesday, June 19 and playing through the majority of Thursday, the self-proclaimed "Party King" will hit the skins in wha ...

  17. Elvis Costello and The Roots to Release 'Wise Up Ghost' in September

    May 29, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Elvis Costello and The Roots will release their album, "Wise Up Ghost," on Sept. 7 via Blue Note Records, it was revealed today. The album was recorded at Feliz Habitat Studios and at Costello's Hookery Crookery Studios, and produce ...

  18. Backbeat: FlashFWD's Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony Honors Questlove, Remembers Recently Departed

    May 28, 2013 12:20 PM EDT Last Wednesday night (May 22), SoundCTRL’s fourth annual FlashFWD awards brought music and tech entrepreneurs alike together under the roof of New York City’s Gramercy Theatre to honor their contributions to the music industry. Artist Robert DeL ...

  19. Prince Gets Royal Treatment at Carnegie Hall: D'Angelo, Elvis Costello, Bettye Lavette Light Up All-Star Tribute Concert

    March 08, 2013 11:05 AM EST Tribute concerts are a tricky proposition under the best of circumstances. Not only do you need to match the right performer with the right song, you've got to learn an entire repertoire – which, if the tributee deserves an entire concert, ...

  20. D'Angelo, Questlove Jam at Brooklyn Bowl

    March 05, 2013 1:03 PM EST D'Angelo and Questlove's 'Soulquarians: Brothers In Arm' soul session at New York's Brooklyn Bowl on Monday (Mar. 4) teetered towards the religious. The intimate set -- orchestrated by only the singer behind the keys and ...

  21. The Roots & Elvis Costello Team Up for Album in 2013

    January 22, 2013 3:00 AM EST "It was really love at first sight," Questlove says of the project, to be followed by another Roots record "& Then You Shoot Your Cousin" Since becoming the house band on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" ...

  22. Greg Harris Named President/CEO of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    December 03, 2012 4:39 PM EST The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced today that Gregory S. Harris, its vice president of development since 2008, will become president and chief executive officer. Harris, who holds a graduate degree in museum studies and whose indu ...

  23. The Beat 10/19: Wiz Khalifa's Mixtape, Carrie Underwood's Hit, ZZ Ward Q&A

    October 19, 2012 5:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome to the Friday, October 19 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In tod ...

  24. The Beat 10/19 Wiz Khalifa, Carrie Underwood, Questlove, ZZ Ward

    The Beat 10/19 Wiz Khalifa, Carrie Underwood, Questlove, ZZ Ward

    October 19, 2012 5:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat dives into the headlines for Oct. 19, 2012 Carrie Underwood , Questlove , Wiz Khalifa , ZZ Ward , News , The Beat , Questlove , Carrie Underwood , News , The Beat Videos Questlove Carrie Underwood News The Beat Wiz Khalifa ZZ Ward ...

  25. Fashion's Night Out: Solange Talks Stylish Album + More Music Highlights

    September 07, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the sun set yesterday in NYC the Empire State Building's iconic tower lights burned red in honor of the biggest evening in fashion, Fashion's Night Out. This evening of fashion splendor also ushers in the hottest in musical performances ...

  26. Bonnaroo 2012: The 10 Best Performances

    June 11, 2012 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Along with open fields, tasty food, stand-up shows, shirtless guys (and girls), not-too-hidden narcotics, film screenings, porta potties, overpriced merchandise and so much more, the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival offered four days of enthr ...

  27. Bonnaroo Sunday: 10 Things Seen & Heard

    June 11, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 The overcast weather on the final day of the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival felt like a giant natural hangover. Music fans, weary from three days of full-throttle listening experiences and a night of jamming to the Red Hot Chili Peppers , D ...

  28. Bonnaroo Saturday: 10 Things Seen & Heard

    June 10, 2012 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 At 2:00 AM, Ahmir " Questlove " Thompson slowly stepped away from his drum kit and turned his back to the crowd. He lingered for a few seconds, pushed his gaze slightly upward, and took a long, deep exhale before walking off the platform. ...

  29. D'Angelo Performs Surprise Set at Bonnaroo

    June 10, 2012 6:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 R&B Great Takes Part in Questlove's Superjam The "Superjam" at this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was billed as Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and his "very special guests," and boy, was that marqu ...

  30. Backbeat: Bonnaroo Backstage With Skrillex, Gary Clark Jr., Big Hassle, Red Light, More

    June 09, 2012 8:27 PM EDT (L-R): Chip Hooper, Music Dept. Head, Paradigm, Coran Capshaw, founder, Red Light Management, Billboard's Ray Waddell. The second full day of the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was a hectic one in the VIP Area, with artists, journali ...

  31. Roots Picnic 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    June 04, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Day two of Philadelphia's fifth annual Roots Picnic came with a couple of problems. The weather was uncooperative -- an afternoon downpour delayed the main stage sets and sent the entire crowd inside the already-cramped dance tent. To make matt ...

  32. Exclusive: Sneak Peek of Tupac's Outburst in 'Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps' Documentary

    May 31, 2012 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's one thing in particular I always respected about Tupac Shakur : his honesty. Whether spitting rhymes of harsh reality or penning poetry , 'Pac was not one to hold his tongue. But although it was a charasteristic of his that was ref ...

  33. Jimmy Fallon Debuts 'Blow Your Pants Off' Album Cover

    May 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Album From 'Late Night' Host Set for June 12 Last night NBC's "Late Night," Jimmy Fallon unveiled the cover for his upcoming "Blow Your Pants Off" album, which will feature appearances from Justin Timberlake , Paul ...

  34. Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Ron Wood, George Clinton: Behind the Scenes at the Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

    April 15, 2012 5:24 PM EDT Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ro ...

  35. Rock Hall of Fame: 10 Things Seen & Heard Behind the Scenes

    April 15, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Go behind the scenes of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction , held Saturday in Cleveland, with our roving roundup of chatter with the likes of Ron Wood, Questlove, Chuck D and Alice Cooper. Get our report from the ceremony here. 1. A sober Ronn ...

  36. Mobb Deep: 'Business as Usual' After Apparent Twitter Beef

    April 09, 2012 9:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Some Twitter beefs make me rub my eyes. Exhibit A: Diggy vs. J. Cole . Some Twitter beefs make me roll my eyes. Exhibit B-Z: Every one of Chris Brown 's Twitter R&Beefs. But Havoc's seeming Twitter beef -- turned real-life beef or vice ...

  37. Cher, John Legend Lend Voices to Outrage Over Trayvon Martin's Death

    March 22, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Feb. 26 fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch captain has sparked a nationwide outrage, due in part because the alleged shooter has not been charged or detained. As of Thursday morning, an online petition ...

  38. Robert Johnson Feted at All-Star Apollo Blues Hall of Fame Benefit

    March 08, 2012 7:02 PM EST 0 0 0 The Roots, Elvis Costello, Taj Mahal, Chuck D and Macy Gray Among The Stellar Line Up A low-key Tuesday night in New York City set the scene for a casually brilliant night of Blues-with-a-capital-B at the Apollo on March 6 as The Roots , Elvis Coste ...

  39. Drake and Common's Grammy Beef: Report

    February 15, 2012 9:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Drake and Common 's beef made its way to the Grammy Awards, according to several reports. According to MediaTakeOut 's "reliable insider," the feuding rappers got into a brief "fist fight" backstage after exchanging wor ...

  40. Roots Grammy Jam Session Report: No-Shows Scuttled 'On the Fly' Whitney Houston Tribute, ?uestlove Says

    February 12, 2012 2:42 PM EST The Roots curating their annual Grammy Jam at the House of Blues Los Angeles. (Photo: Fred Shavies/3680 Photography) Despite a high-energy jam session that featured surprise guest performers like India Arie, Trombone Shorty, Childish Gambino, Warr ...

  41. Jay-Z Enters New Musical Heights at Carnegie Hall

    February 07, 2012 9:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Many notable artists have performed at Carnegie Hall, but last night (Mon. Feb 6), the stage belonged to Jay-Z . Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is the second hip-hop act to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001, acoompanied by Stevie Wonde ...

  42. Backbeat: Beyonce Steps Out, Nas Has Wings at Jay-Z's Carnegie Hall After Party @ 40/40

    February 07, 2012 7:58 AM EST Jay-Z performing at Carnegie Hall with a full-orchestra and the Roots' Questlove on drums (Photo: Gabriela Herman) NEW YORK -- What better way for Jay-Z to celebrate an iconic performance at Carnegie Hall than sharing laughs, glasses filled w ...

  43. Bon Iver To Jam With The Roots on 'Fallon' Tonight

    January 19, 2012 12:30 PM EST 0 0 0 When your friends are in town, it's time to jam out. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon will appear on tonight's (Jan. 19) episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" after The Roots' (and Fallon's house bandleader) Questlove ...

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