Since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on July 29, it's become a viral sensation raising more than $40 million in donations to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease. But there are a number of celebrities who have quietly refused to participate. Here's a list of 10 musicians who have been challenged and but have not participated.
Airing in 2015, Lifetime’s 'I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story,' starring Yaya DaCosta, has already faced major challenges. Family matriarch Cissy Houston denounced the biopic, directed by Angela Bassett. Then there were problems securing the rights to Houston’s vocals.
Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers reveal their dream “get.”
Expect a major "shake"-up atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart next week, as Taylor Swift appears headed for a No. 1 debut with her new single, "Shake It Off." Based on expected massive first-week sales, airplay and streaming, the song looks likely to open atop the ranking.
In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring him a time traveler. Hence, 1958's "Night Train" and 1965's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and 1967's "Cold Sweat" all prefigured the super heavy funk that would take over black popular music in the early '70s‑-whereupon Brown elected to prefigure gangsta rap with 1973's "The Payback." Hence also his decision to re-record 1971's "Soul Power" in 2005, all the while exclaiming that he wanted to kiss himself as if the possibility had never before occurred to him.
Ariana is much more likely to appeal to 20-and-30-somethings than your average Nickelodeon-bred pop star, but unless they already have kids themselves, a lot of those older fans were likely introduced to her through her music, and were thoroughly unfamiliar with her TV work. At some point, us older fans new to the Ariana bandwagon have to get a little curious: What was she like on TV? Was she any good? Were her shows any good?
If you follow Ariana Grande on Twitter, you know she is fully immersed in the game of "Big Brother" and fiercely backing up big bro Frankie to win it all. When Billboard sat down with Ariana Grande on Tuesday -- as she promoted the Aug. 25 release of her sophomore album, My Everything -- she was more than ready to talk about "BB," even offering up advice for how her brother can take home the half-million.