June 24, 2024

Questlove curated a custom playlist for Michelle Obama’s book tour with over 300 songs

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Michelle Obama is on a roll after the release of her best-selling book, Becoming and folks who are lucky enough to catch her on her book tour are in for a major musical treat.

Our Forever First Lady enlisted the help of The Roots drummer, Questlove, to curate a custom playlist that includes more than 300 of her favorite hits. The compilation includes tracks from amazing artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, D’Angelo and more.

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“Like a lot of people, I connect many of my memories with the songs and melodies I was listening to at the time,” Obama said in statement to Billboard. “From the jazz and Stevie Wonder of my childhood, to Prince and Earth, Wind & Fire as I came into my own as an adult, to Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe, and so many others who provided the stirring backbeats of my time in the White House — music has always been a defining part of who I’ve become…Life’s a little better when we live it to Questlove’s beat.”

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The collection is entitled The Michelle Obama Musiaqualogy and it will be setting the mood at all of our Forever First Lady’s tour stops. Musiaqualogy is available on Spotify and Pandora and comes in three volumes, split up by time period. Volume One runs from 1964-1979; Volume Two runs from 1980-1997; and Volume Three covers 1997-2018.

Becoming sold more than 725,000 copies on its first day on the market, one of the largest single-day sales of the year in book publishing, according to The Hill.

This total sales figure includes all formats and editions in the United States and Canada, ranging from audio book and Spanish-language version to hardback, according to Penguin Random House.

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