1. Jared Leto to Play Batman Villain The Joker in Upcoming 'Suicide Squad' Film

    December 03, 2014 9:50 AM EST Will Smith set to play Batman foe Deadshot. Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are officially set to star in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. Also cast in the movie based on the DC Entertainment villains-forced-to-be-heroes are Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne…

  2. Meek Mill Released From Prison

    December 02, 2014 5:44 PM EST Rick Ross ' socks have had their wish granted. #FreeMeekMill pic.twitter.com/qpAMnbaqA0 — Hood Billionaire (@rickyrozay) December 1, 2014 On Tuesday (Dec. 2), at 4 p.m. ET, Maybach Music's Meek Mill was released from a Philadelphia prison. The rapper had been incarcerated since…

  3. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  4. Lana Del Rey Announces 2015 Tour Dates With Courtney Love

    December 01, 2014 10:10 AM EST More Eastern U.S. dates are coming soon. Regardless of how happy (or unhappy) your holiday season has been thus far, you can always look forward to some “Summertime Sadness.” Sad girl Lana Del Rey has announced her first leg of 2015 summer tour dates, some of which include the legendary…

  5. Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown Resigns

    November 29, 2014 8:11 PM EST The Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown has resigned, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the confrontation between the white officer and unarmed black 18-year-old that ignited protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation. Darren Wilson, who has…

  6. 'The Wall' Turns 35: Roger Waters Revisits Pink Floyd's Enduring Rock Opus

    November 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Pink Floyd ’s The Wall -- a dark and enduring rock masterpiece that deals with personal alienation juxtaposed against a backdrop of war and government corruption -- has been presented in many formats over the years. First came the 1979 double album (co-produced by Bob Ezrin) that spent 15…

  7. Rick Ross Releases Two New Videos: 'Hood Billionaire' & 'If They Knew'

    November 26, 2014 1:24 PM EST Rick Ross has a way with the ladies, at least in his music videos. The rapper charms his on-screen love interest, singer K. Michelle , in the music video for "If They Knew," one of the two videos Ross released this week. The Dre Films-directed video for the Hood Billionaire…

  8. Rick Ross Sheds Pounds, Shares Tips On His Get-Fit Regime

    November 25, 2014 10:41 PM EST Rick Ross had two seizures in a single day, sending him to the hospital three years ago. Health didn't concern the 300-pound rapper then, but he's shed nearly 100 pounds in the last seven months by eating healthier foods and embracing a high-intensity workout plan. Ross, 37, says…

  9. Rap’s Bottle-Service Timeline: How Hip-Hop Has Bigged Up Booze Through the Years

    November 25, 2014 6:24 PM EST Jay Z has once again done what no other rapper has: buying outright an existing liquor brand, Armand de Brignac Champagne, in a deal announced this month. But this isn’t the first time hip-hop has bigged up booze, whether through song, collabs or in an ad. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne…

  10. Tim Vocals, 'I'm Sick': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 25, 2014 1:17 PM EST Tim Vocals returns with a new song titled, "I'm Sick." On the latest release off the The Best of Both Offices Compilation, Volume 4 , the R&B singer touches on the lasting consequences of his recent imprisonment for reported parole violation: "Paying for the worst/…

  11. Album Review: Rick Ross Puts Quantity Over Quality With 'Hood Billionaire,' His Second LP of 2014

    November 25, 2014 11:46 AM EST Rick Ross is at an impasse. The Miami rapper, 38, is still one of hip-hop's most commercially successful acts, with five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 . But on Hood Billionaire , Ross' second LP this year, he's clinging to an increasingly charmless drug-kingpin kabuki act…

  12. Aretha Franklin Blasts Unauthorized Bio, Calls It a 'Very Trashy Book'

    November 24, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money -- or soul -- on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz 's Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin , a "trashy book." Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering '…

  13. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  14. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  15. Jimmy Fallon's 'Lip Sync Battle' Now a Spike TV Series

    November 21, 2014 7:04 PM EST The show, also produced by John Krasinski & Stephen Merchant, will debut in April. Spike TV is partnering with Jimmy Fallon , John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant to bring Lip Sync Battle to TV. The Viacom-owned cable network has picked up the series based on Fallon's regular late…

  16. 'I Only Blame Myself': Is Reclusive R&B Singer Jeremih Holding Back His Own Career?

    November 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Fifty-two different songs have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Only one of them doesn't have an official music video: Jeremih 's "Don't Tell 'Em." "I blame myself," the singer says, sitting on the rooftop of West Hollywood hotel…

  17. Foo Fighters Take 'Highways' To No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

    November 20, 2014 6:24 PM EST Foo Fighters notch their third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with Sonic Highways , selling 190,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The lofty sales also help Foo Fighters debut at No. 2 on this week's Billboard Artist 100 chart. The band's…

  18. Timbaland Previews Tink's 'Movin' Bass,' Feat. Jay Z & Rick Ross: Listen

    November 19, 2014 3:48 PM EST You know an artist has what it takes when he or she can hold their own against greats. That's the case with Tink . Tink Talks Chicago Rap Scene & Female Rappers; Premieres 'All That' On the original version of "Movin' Bass," produced by Timbaland , Tink…

  19. 'Big Eyes': The Story Behind Lana Del Rey's Stunning Secret Songs

    November 18, 2014 2:37 PM EST Will two tracks from the Tim Burton film double her chances for an Oscar nomination? Lana Del Rey hit the top 10 last year with "Summertime Sadness," and this winter, she'll be giving a voice to the sadness of Amy Adams ' character in Big Eyes , the Tim Burton film that…

  20. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Wu-Tang Clan to Shawn Mendes

    November 14, 2014 6:13 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Shawn Mendes "Something Big" Island The Ed Sheeran -esque folk-pop of Shawn Mendes' "Something Big" is an awkward fit for the Vine phenomenon. Unlike the slow contemplation of debut hit "Life Of The Party,"…

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