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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon perform the sequel to their 'History of Rap': Watch it here

Nine months ago, Justin Timberlake and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon brought us the first edition of The History of Rap—a sort of hip-hop history Cliff Notes, told in song—and the people rejoiced.

Now comes the second edition, featuring cuts as varied as N.W.A.’s “Express Yourself,” Salt n’ Pepa’s “Push It,” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.” Watch Jimmy and Justin pelvic thrust, bop, and shimmy through their five-minute set after the jump.


Keith Richards, Lauryn Hill join Jimmy Fallon's Bob Marley tribute week

Jimmy Fallon is giving viewers two more reasons to lose a little sleep in honor of Bob Marley.

Last week, EW’s Music Mix announced that Late Night With Jimmy Fallon would spend this week paying tribute to Marley, with each of the week’s musical guests performing a classic cut by the reggae legend. Ziggy Marley, Chris Cornell, Jennifer Hudson, Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz were already signed on for the salute (which kicks off tonight with Ziggy), and now the show has announced that Keith Richards and Lauryn Hill will both be joining in the fun. READ FULL STORY

'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' to host weeklong tribute to Bob Marley with Jennifer Hudson, Chris Cornell, Lenny Kravitz and more - EXCLUSIVE

Last year, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon invited a handful of bands to pay tribute to the Rolling Stones in honor of the re-release of Exile on Main Street. It was a tremendous week of music, featuring performances by the likes of Green Day and Phish tackling classics like “Loving Cup” and “Rip It Up.”

Starting on Monday, May 9, the musical guests on Late Night will all tip their (giant, dread-covering) hats to reggae legend Bob Marley in honor of the 30th anniversary of the great one’s passing.

Monday night’s show features Bob’s son Ziggy, while Tuesday night’s (May 10) episode welcomes Chris Cornell. Jennifer Hudson checks in on Wednesday (May 11), Jakob Dylan pays his respects on Thursday (May 12) and Lenny Kravitz wraps things up on Friday (May 13). Each artist will perform a classic Marley tune that pays tribute to his revolutionary spirit and deep influence on music.

“Big up Jimmy Fallon for honoring the memory of my father,” said son Ziggy, who will also spend time on the couch discussing his father’s legacy with Fallon. “Much respect.”

Though Fallon is still a relative newcomer to the late-night scene, his show has rapidly grown into the best place to see after-hours performances from some of the greatest names in music.

He shrewdly hired the Roots as his house band, and since the show’s inception has played host to a number of huge musical moments, from the drum-off between Ringo Starr and Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson to Fallon dressing up as Neil Young to perform Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” (with assistance from a very game Bruce Springsteen) and bananas hip-hop collective Odd Future’s first network appearance.

The weeklong tribute to Marley promises to be yet another notch in Fallon’s ever-expanding musical belt. So tell us, readers: What Bob song would you like to see each slated artist get irie on?

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Prince rocks Madison Square Garden: The superstar serenades Leighton Meester and gets a dance assist from Jimmy Fallon

I was a Prince concert virgin before last night and, now, I’m not really sure how I’ve lived the last 31 years without seeing the purple-lovin’ icon perform live. The tiny superstar, currently in the midst of his “Welcome 2 America” tour, was redonkulously good. He had the Madison Square Garden crowd on their feet for almost the entire show. I’m always so happy when small people are able to succeed—it gives me hope. Prince performed a whole slew of his greatest hits, including “Purple Rain” and “Rasberry Beret” (sadly my fave Prince jam, “Seven,” was not featured). He was accompanied by a slammin’ live band as well as three back-up singers who I named “NeNe Leakes,” “Stevie Knicks,” and “Grace Jones” due to their similarities to each of those lovely ladies. And then there where the Twins: Prince had twin female back-up dancers/singers who resembled Nicole Scherzinger and were clad in skin-tight ensembles, many of which included sequins. Needless to say, I was obsessed with them. Look for me to push for them to make a cameo on Glee. I’m gonna make these ladies happen!

Prince also had some celebrity assistance last night. Best of all was when he brought up Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester from the audience and serenaded her with “I Love You But I Don’t Trust You Anymore.” Then, Meester walked off with his sweat towel which was a tad gross but oddly sweet. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, who opened for the singer, dueted on Prince’s hit, “A Love Bizarre,” with Jones taking the Sheila E. part. Towards the end of the show, Prince did a rollicking cover of “Dance (Disco Heat)” and brought up a slew of people from the audience to dance onstage, including Meester and talk show host Jimmy Fallon.

For those of you Music Mix-ers who are in New York, there’s one more show on Feb. 7th. You must go! Who knows what other Gossip Girl castmember Prince will pull up on stage?!? That alone is worth the price of admission!

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Bruce Springsteen booked for 'Jimmy Fallon': Who should his backing band be?

Bruce-SpringsteenImage Credit: Solarpix/PR PhotosBruce Springsteen will visit Late Night With Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday night, Nov. 16, NBC has announced. The Boss is always an engaging interview subject, and with the awesome deluxe reissue of his classic 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town hitting stores that very day, he’ll have lots to talk about. Even better, Springsteen is planning to perform some of the rarities that are being released for the first time on that deluxe reissue and its two-disc counterpart, The Promise. But which band will he be playing with? The network won’t say.

The obvious choice would be Springsteen’s trusty E Street Band. A younger version of the same gang recorded Darkness back in the ’70s, of course, and anyone who’s seen Springsteen in concert with the E Street Band in the last few years knows that they still have an incredible on-stage rapport. This option would be a great one, no question.

But what about the Roots, who will be sitting just feet away from Springsteen on the Late Night stage in their role as house band? They’re one of the most versatile live crews in the land, capable of adapting to virtually any style required. I’m not exactly sure what the Roots would sound like playing Darkness outtakes, but as a fan of both acts I’d be very curious to find out.

Then again, maybe he’ll just be playing solo, or leading some crazy supergroup made up of members from both bands. (Dueling solos from Clarence Clemons and Tuba Gooding Jr.! Garry Tallent locked in a rhythm-section groove with ?uestlove!) At the moment there’s no official answer. So which band would you rather see backing Springsteen on Fallon? Hit the jump to vote in our poll. READ FULL STORY

Slayer...sorry, SLAAAAYEERRRRGHHH! rocks 'Fallon'

Last night had to be the first time Jimmy Fallon ever heard an entire Slayer song. That is, if he didn’t run backstage and hide behind ?uestlove after the introduction. (Okay, testosterone posturing aside, much love to Jimmy for having, as he says, “one of the most legendary metal bands of all time” on his show). In New York for two Tri-State-area stops on the American Carnage Tour, which also features Testament and Megadeth (tonight in upstate Glen Falls, N.Y. and tomorrow at New Jersey’s Izod Center), Slayer performed “Hate Worldwide,” one of the scorchers from their latest record, World Painted Blood.

Phish to appear on Jimmy Fallon's 'Exile on Main Street' tribute week. What should they play? Who else should perform?

Jimmy Fallon announced last night that Phish are set to appear as part of his show’s Rolling Stones-themed week, which will coincide with the re-release of the Stones’ classic Exile on Main Street double album. Phish’s May 13 TV appearance will be their first since the quartet reformed last year. “I can’t wait to see what they will play,” Fallon declared when he made the announcement. Nor us. But guessing what Stones tracks they might tackle is no easy task, given Phish’s cover-crazy ways. In fact, last Halloween the jam band legends played all of Exile at the Festival 8 event in 2009 and you can see a clip of them performing “Shine a Light”—very nicely—below.

Perhaps a better question is: Who else will Fallon recruit to celebrate the reissue of what, for my money, may well be the greatest album of all time? Again, there are no shortage of candidates. Actually, it might be quicker to list the people who don’t know their way around the Mick and Keith songbook, although artists who have recorded a Stones tune at one time or another include Pearl Jam, Rod Stewart, Ryan Adams, PJ Harvey, the Black Crowes, Ozzy Osbourne, David Byrne, Joan Jett, and Vanessa Carlton.

So what would you like Phish to play on Fallon? And who else should appear on Stones week?

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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The Specials: Terry Hall and Lynval Golding on the ska-rock legends' reunion shows—and why their absent keyboard player is a 'Scrooge'

the-specialsImage Credit: Top: James Veysey/Retna; David Corio/RetnaSpecials guitarist Lynval Golding says he really wasn’t sure anyone would bother coming to see the ska-rock-reggae band’s reunion shows in the UK last year. “At times I thought, ‘Am I making a mistake? Does anyone really like our music?’” he recalls. Golding needn’t have worried. Two shows in the band’s hometown of Coventry sold out in just 5 minutes. and a couple of hours later tickets were being advertised on eBay for $300.

Those figures are a testament to the enduring UK popularity of the septet, who acrimoniously split way back in 1981 after releasing such classic singles as “Too Much Too Young,” “Rat Race,” and “Ghost Town.” Next month, the band test the strength of their US following when they play a string of dates here, including a slot at the Coachella Festival. The Specials will also hit Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 13, almost exactly thirty years to the day since their last American TV appearance, which found them gracing the stage of Saturday Night Live. “My memory was meeting Keith Richards,” says Golding. “Our sound engineer knew him. I was too shocked to talk.” Specials frontman Hall says he too was shocked by his audience with Richards—if for different reasons: “I remember meeting him in the dressing room and thinking, ‘This man can’t possibly get any older than he is at this moment.’ And 30 years on, he has!” (FYI: The SNL host that week was Strother Martin, who played the prison warden in Cool Hand Luke. Yep, that’s how long ago it’s been since the Specials were on TV.)

The current Specials line-up isn’t exactly the same as it was three decades ago thanks to the absence of Jerry Dammers, one of the band’s main musical architects. The keyboard player did rehearse with the reunited act, but then fell out with his band mates. At one of the reunion shows last year, Terry Hall joked to the audience that Dammers was busy playing Scrooge in “panto” (a popular-in-Britain type of children’s play). Dammers, in turn, has claimed that he was “kicked out.” Golding denies that accusation, but admits the door has now closed on the possibility of the keyboard player returning to the Specials fold. “I think Jerry shut the door and bolted it a long time ago,” insists the guitarist. Meanwhile, Hall says the problem was that Dammers, “couldn’t get his head round doing thirty dates and being together for that period of time. He wanted to do two shows, and that’s it.”

The hangdog-faced Hall has a rep for being one of pop’s premier grumps—and has suffered from bouts of depression over the years—but he sounds overjoyed to be hanging out with Golding and the rest of the band again. The secret to his upbeat demeanor? That he doesn’t have to hang out with them too much. “The biggest difference between being on the road thirty years ago and being on the road now, is that I don’t have to spend time with the rest of the band,” he says. “Now, with hotels, we can actually get a separate floor to Lynval, which is fantastic.” Er, Lynval? “I agree 100% with that, I make a lot of noise!” laughs the guitarist. “We travel separately and I don’t have to talk with the rest of the guys until I see them at sound check. It’s absolutely wonderful!”

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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Jimmy Fallon does Neil Young doing the 'Fresh Prince' theme song: If you enjoy any of those three things, you must watch this clip

So, Late Night personality Jimmy Fallon does an amazing Neil Young impression. I mean, really uncanny. Dude sounds exactly like north Ontario‘s finest. This is a cool talent to have, if perhaps not a hugely useful one in most situations. Last night, though, Fallon entered transcendent comedic territory by going into character as Neil Young…and covering the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

No, I don’t know why Neil Young would be covering the Fresh Prince theme song, either. But I am very glad that this completely random idea suggested itself to Fallon. Turns out the old “Innnnn West Philadelphia born and raised…” works pretty well as a haunting falsetto folk song! Watch the clip after the jump. You will not be sorry. Then let us know if there are any other classic sitcom themes you’d like to see Fallon-as-Young cover. (Full House, anyone?)


Christopher Cross rocks 'Ride Like the Wind' with the Roots (and Michael McDonald)

Monday’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon “Yacht Rock party” featured musical guest Christopher Cross, who cruised through his performance of “Ride Like the Wind” backed by Fallon’s house band, the Roots, and Michael McDonald, who, it turns out, is entirely tolerable in small doses (or when he’s covering Grizzly Bear).

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