1. K-Pop Stars Threaten Legal Action Over Use of Music in 'The Interview'

    December 27, 2014 3:50 PM EST As The Interview has made its way to South Korean shores via online piracy, two K-pop artists have claimed that the film has made unauthorized use of their music. Eminem Comes Out as Gay in Sony's 'The Interview' Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae (a.k.a. Tasha Reid)'s agency…

  2. Buddy DeFranco, Renowned Jazz Clarinetist, Dead at 91

    December 26, 2014 6:44 PM EST Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco -- who collaborated with Frank Sinatra , Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era -- has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday…

  3. Eminem Comes Out as Gay in Sony's 'The Interview'

    December 26, 2014 10:33 AM EST Is this what North Korea didn't want us to see? Sony gave freedom-loving fans of badly-reviewed comedy films a major Christmas gift this holiday by making the beleaguered film The Interview available not only in select theaters, but on various online streaming services. Anyone who…

  4. Watch Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Stipe & Others Salute Stephen Colbert with Song

    December 19, 2014 1:22 AM EST Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M’s Michael Stipe and Barry Manilow were on hand to give Stephen Colbert a big-time send-off Thursday night.  They were just a few in a dizzying cast of musicians, movie and media personalities, athletes and politicians who joined in for a celebratory round…

  5. 'SNL' Sends Nicki Minaj Into Social 50 Top Five

    December 12, 2014 12:28 PM EST Nicki Minaj made her second appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Dec. 6, performing three new songs from her upcoming album The Pink Print and starring in two sketches in the episode hosted by James Franco. The resulting online buzz catapults her 27-4 on the Social 50 chart, her…

  6. L.A. Film Critics Awards: Jonny Greenwood & Mica Levi Tie in Best Music Score Category

    December 07, 2014 3:07 PM EST The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is meeting to vote its annual awards Sunday morning (Dec. 7). In this century, most LAFCA best picture winners have gone on to be Oscar contenders, and all best director winners have done so. Jonny Greenwood Says Radiohead 'Fumbling' Around…

  7. ‘SNL’ Recap: Nicki Minaj Impersonates Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, Performs ‘Bed of Lies’ With Skylar Grey & More

    December 07, 2014 12:13 PM EST Nicki Minaj arguably stole the show on the Dec. 6 episode of Saturday Night Live . Not only did the rapper perform her new songs "Bed of Lies, "All Things Go" and "Only,” but she also appeared in several memorable comedy sketches. Nicki Minaj Reveals Lost Child…

  8. What's Nicki Minaj Up to Before 'SNL'?

    December 06, 2014 6:44 PM EST With only hours until she takes the stage as the night's performer on Saturday Night Live , Nicki Minaj is prepping for the gig in the way only she knows how: with revealing selfies and some Instavids. The rapper, who will drop  The Pinkprint  on Dec. 15, took to Instagram in the…

  9. 5 Things We Hope to See Nicki Minaj Do on 'SNL'

    December 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST A week before the release of The Pinkprint , Nicki Minaj returns to Saturday Night Live as the musical guest on Dec. 6. Watch Nicki Minaj & James Franco's Secret Best-Friend Handshake in 'SNL' Promos Minaj is not only known for her rap skills, but also her acting chops.…

  10. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  11. Watch Nicki Minaj & James Franco's Secret Best-Friend Handshake in 'SNL' Promos

    December 04, 2014 8:21 PM EST Nicki Minaj will join Saturday Night Live this week as musical guest, along with host James Franco. And little did we know the two are actually best friends with a secret handshake -- or so the promo video released Thursday would have you believe. Nicki Minaj Reveals Lost Child Would Have…

  12. Tomorrow's Hits: Bahamas, Kyla La Grange & Olivia Lane

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Bahamas A synch in a commercial starring James Franco for Verizon's Droid Turbo has spurred interest in Bahamas' "All the Time"…

  13. Nicki Minaj Set For Second ‘Saturday Night Live’ Musical Guest Appearance

    November 20, 2014 10:51 PM EST Nicki Minaj is returning to Saturday Night Live ! One Direction to Perform on 'Saturday Night Live' The rapper will serve as SNL ’s musical guest on Dec. 6 with actor James Franco taking on hosting duties.   Minaj’s SNL booking arrives ahead of her third album, The Pinkprint ,…

  14. Latin Grammy Awards' Person of the Year Joan Manuel Serrat: 'What I Write Is What I Live'

    November 11, 2014 5:37 PM EST Outside a mountainside cafe just below Barcelona's century-old amusement park, a couple approaches Joan Manuel Serrat , the Latin Grammy Awards' 2014 Person of the Year. From afar it looks like a typical encounter with adoring fans, but it turns out these are two anxious French…

  15. James Franco, Photographer Scuffle After Lana Del Rey Concert: Report

    October 18, 2014 7:08 PM EDT James Franco reportedly had an altercation with a photographer while leaving a Lana Del Rey concert Friday (Oct. 17) in Los Angeles. The scuffle allegedly took place after he saw Del Rey's show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery , according to TMZ . The photo posted on the website…

  16. Snoop Dogg Apologizes to Iggy Azalea After Chat With T.I.

    October 15, 2014 4:06 PM EDT But not before Snoop's daughter Cori & Iggy's boyfriend Nick Young weighed in. After an escalating series of nasty tweets between Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg , Snoop has posted an Instagram video in which he apologizes for his behavior. According to the video, Snoop talked to…

  17. Jimmy Fallon Turned 40 With a Performance From Stevie Wonder

    September 20, 2014 4:51 PM EDT You only turn 40 once and Tonight Show  host Jimmy Fallon did it in style. The comedian celebrated his milestone birthday on Friday night (Sept. 19) and some shiny stars stopped by the late-night talk show to celebrate the occasion. Seth Rogen popped out of a cake- in his  birthday suit. He…

  18. Joan Manuel Serrat to Be Honored as Latin Grammy Person of the Year

    September 09, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Spanish singer/songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat has been named the 2014 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and will be celebrated during a gala on Nov. 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Barcelona-born Serrat started playing music as a teen as he learned the craft both as…

  19. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Usher, Raury & More

    August 27, 2014 5:19 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about everything from Katy Perry working with eccentric MC Riff Raff to Brad Paisley 's make-out song to insanely promising newcomers like Raury and Sofi de la Torre . We don't always agree with each other -- and…

  20. Nicki Minaj's Smoking-Hot 'Anaconda' Video Arrives Online: Watch

    August 20, 2014 12:27 AM EDT After weeks of teasing, Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video has finally snaked its way online. And there’s no prizes for guessing its pure NSFW fantasy. Minaj pumps and grinds her way through a 5-minute teenage dream, complete with provocative banana and cream sequences, girl-on-girl butt…

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