1. Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season -- How Far Can It Go?

    November 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken . On Saturday evening (Nov. 22), Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall 's Into the Woods , at simultaneous screenings on both coasts,…

  2. 'SNL' Recap: Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Bring the Funk With Mystikal, Cameron Diaz Raps & More

    November 23, 2014 11:45 AM EST As expected, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson brought some major funk to Saturday Night Live ’s Thanksgiving show on Nov. 22. Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Are Impossibly Cool in 'Uptown Funk' Video The superstar pop crooner and retro-cool writer/producer turned the SNL musical stage…

  3. Why Queen Latifah’s Reign in Syndication Is Ending

    November 22, 2014 12:00 AM EST Her show wasn’t growing -- which made it impossible to justify the cost. Queen Latifah is the latest victim of the tough economics and harsh realities of making a show work in national television syndication. It is expensive to launch a new syndicated show, hard to make inroads against…

  4. Listen to Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Folk Ballad, 'The Hanging Tree'

    November 21, 2014 9:12 PM EST Hunger Games hero Katniss Everdeen's haunting folk song, "The Hanging Tree," is now streaming online as it will appear on the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 score album. Jennifer Lawrence , who plays Everdeen in the film series, sings the song over arrangement by…

  5. Idris Elba Talks Producing His Star-Studded New Album, His Most Embarrassing DJ Moment and Going 'Toe-to-Toe' With Biz Markie

    November 21, 2014 3:35 PM EST Big Driis has left the building. That was the name British actor Idris Elba, 42, known for his roles in Thor and Pacific Rim , went by in the early 2000s, when he moonlighted as a DJ around the world during his breakout run on HBO's The Wire . "He has retired," says Elba,…

  6. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  7. 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"…

  8. Watch Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Get Ready for 'SNL' With Cameron Diaz

    November 21, 2014 6:50 AM EST Saturday Night Live 's 40th season is bringing Cameron Diaz on board to host this weekend, and she'll be joined by musical guests Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson . The duo will perform their new single "Uptown Funk," which Ronson recently told Billboard is "one of Bruno…

  9. Andre 3000’s Outkast Reunion Tour Jumpsuits Heading to Miami Art Exhibit

    November 21, 2014 1:19 AM EST Andre 3000’s unique jumpsuits from Outkast ’s recent 20th anniversary tour will be displayed during an art exhibit in Miami beginning in December. Outkast Wraps Reunion Tour With Smiles and High Energy at Voodoo Fest The rapper’s 47 jumpsuits will be shown together for the first time during…

  10. 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 ,…

  11. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  12. Broadway to Dim Lights for Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 2:53 PM EST The nine-time Tony Award winner died Wednesday night. Acclaimed director Mike Nichols , who won nine Tony Awards and was nominated an additional eight times, will be honored by the Broadway community on Friday night. The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed in his memory for one…

  13. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  14. Exclusive: Bassist Nathan East Stars In Hulu Documentary

    November 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST Featuring Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins & more, the film debuts in December. While bassist Nathan East was recording his first solo album last November, a making-of documentary was also part of the mix. But little did East know he would end up starring in a full-blown film…

  15. How's Metallica 'Late Late Show' Residency Going? See the First Three Performances

    November 20, 2014 8:28 AM EST Bono might have gotten injured and forced a cancelation of U2 's Tonight Show residency, but Metallica  seem to be having a blast over at The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson . "For Metallica," Ferguson said at the top of the week, "it's nine studio albums, four…

  16. Watch The New Basement Tapes Perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    November 20, 2014 8:15 AM EST The New Basement Tapes -- that's  Elvis Costello ,  Marcus Mumford,  Jim James of  My Morning Jacket , Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith and Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops -- performed some tracks from  Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night …

  17. Exclusive: Queen Latifah to Host 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

    November 20, 2014 8:00 AM EST The annual Nobel Peace Prize concert has announced its host for the Dec. 11 ceremony in Oslo, Norway. "I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's concert and to help celebrate such amazing individuals who have each worked so hard on behalf of children's rights to education…

  18. Mike Nichols, Director of 'The Graduate,' Dies at 83

    November 20, 2014 7:44 AM EST Director Mike Nichols , who made such films as The Graduate , which earned him a best director Oscar, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, has died at the age of 83. He was was married to ABC News veteran  Diane Sawyer  and was one of only a dozen people to have won at least one Emmy,…

  19. Download the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack for Free on Google Play, Today Only

    November 19, 2014 9:13 PM EST The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack was one of the year's most beloved soundtracks, thanks to its limelight role in the blockbuster film and impeccable selection of songs, including Blue Swede 's "Hooked on a Feeling," Norman Greenbaum 's "Spirit In the…

  20. SiriusXM CEO Outlines Growth Strategy

    November 19, 2014 6:15 PM EST 'I'm pretty bullish on subscriber growth for years to come,' CEO Jim Meyer says. SiriusXM Radio plans to be the dominant product in the connected car of the future, and CEO Jim Meyer expects that by the end of the decade about 70 percent of new automobiles in the U.S. will…

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