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The Roots and Elvis Costello Team Up for New Album

January 23, 2013  |  10:00am
The Roots and Elvis Costello Team Up for New Album

In a follow-up to the original Billboard interview where he touted the release of D’Angelo’s long awaited third album, The Roots drummer Questlove took the time to announce yet more exciting news: The Roots have made an collaborative album with Elvis Costello.

The partnership arose after Costello made several appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots perform nightly as the house band.

“By the third time [he’d performed], he was like, ‘Let’s stop messing around and do something together,’” Questlove said in the interview.

Though the hip-hop group and the English rocker planned only to cut a few tracks, their sessions ended up yielding about 20 songs, according to Questlove. Costello and The Roots are making plans to mix and master the full LP in the near future with help from engineer and album co-producer Steven Mandel.

As a result, a release details (date, label, etc.) have not been set.

“We kind of have the freedom to take it around, whether it’s to Elvis’ people or Def Jam’s people,” Questlove said.

Never one to stop short of offering some major hype, Questlove added. “I can just say that it is brilliant.”

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