1. Melissa McCarthy, Bill Hader, 50 Cent Audition for Young Han Solo Role in New 'Conan' Clip: Watch

    July 25, 2016 2:12 PM EDT Will Arnett, 50 Cent and 'Silicon Valley's' Thomas Middleditch also try on the coveted vest (and wig). Before Alden Ehrenreich landed the part of Star Wars ' new Han Solo, Melissa McCarthy was vying for the very same role. Watch John Williams Greet 'Star Wars'…

  2. 12 Comedy Acts That Laughed Their Way to Billboard Chart Success -- From Eddie Murphy to The Lonely Island

    May 26, 2016 3:21 PM EDT Comedians and humorous troupes like The Lonely Island have made their mark on Billboard ’s charts -- with many scoring impressive feats usually reserved for mainstream pop and rock stars. Here's a look at a selection of acts that laughed all the way to big chart hits. Billboard Cover:…

  3. 10 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Music Moments of the Year

    December 15, 2015 1:00 PM EST It's been a big year for Saturday Night Live -- from marking its 40th anniversary with a star-studded special to some seriously terrific performances and a number of hilarious music-based sketches.  10 Best Late-Night TV Music Moments of the Year Watch our 10 of our favorite SNL music…

  4. Adam Sandler Name-Checks Julia Roberts and Many More in Bawdy Musical Tribute to David Letterman: Watch

    May 13, 2015 4:28 AM EDT “There simply is no better man, then good old David Letterman.” So says Adam Sandler, who said his goodbye to the retiring late night talk-show legend with a song. Though not everything Sandler sang escaped the censors. The Hollywood funnyman's ode to Letterman carried lyrics that were…

  5. Meghan Trainor Dishes on Her Life-Altering Beyonce Encounter and Scaring Adam Sandler

    May 08, 2015 5:22 PM EDT Meghan Trainor photographed by Smallz + Raskind on October 9th at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles. Smallz + Raskind What's the stupidest question you have been asked on the red carpet? "If you could wear a celebrity's underwear for a day, whose would it be?" That was the…

  6. Vanilla Ice Defends Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous Six' Amid Controversy: It "Isn't 'Dances With Wolves' "

    April 27, 2015 8:35 AM EDT At least one castmember in Adam Sandler 's Western comedy appears to have the star's back. Controversy swirled around the forthcoming Netflix comedy The Ridiculous Six when a group of Native American actors walked off the set on April 26 to protest sections of the script that they…

  7. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 26, 2014 12:06 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack. We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you've…

  8. Dropkick Murphys Spill 'Blood': 'This Album Was Like Taking the Chains Off'

    January 08, 2013 11:50 AM EST On their eighth album, Dropkick Murphys are finally ready to be a radio band. The Boston-based group, which fuses elements of punk, folk and Celtic music, released "Signed and Sealed in Blood" today (Jan. 8) via its own label Born & Bred, which is handled by ADA Label Services,…

  9. Why Isn't Kanye West on the '12-12-12' Concert Album?

    December 20, 2012 7:59 PM EST Kanye West may have been the only male performer who was wearing a skirt at the 12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy relief last week, but that probably isn't the reason why he's the only musical performer not featured on the album of the event. Even special guests Michael Stipe,…

  10. The Beat 12/14: Britney Spears Makes Bank, Brooke White Q&A and Performance

    December 14, 2012 6:30 PM EST Welcome to the Friday, December 14 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. has the headlines…

  11. 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief Setlist

    December 13, 2012 5:00 AM EST Many of music's biggest stars including Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys and Kanye West played and played and played… and played during the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief Wednesday night, to the tune of nearly six hours. Our full report is here and the setlist is below.…

  12. Sandy Concert Rocks NYC With Stones, McCartney and a Reunited Nirvana

    December 13, 2012 2:30 AM EST Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF • Stones, The Who, Joel,…

  13. Rolling Stones Added to Sandy Relief Concert

    December 07, 2012 12:30 PM EST The Rolling Stones have been added to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, organizers announced Friday at a press conference in New York. The reunited group joins a Who's Who of some of rock's most iconic voices that will perform at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, including Eric…

  14. Miley Cyrus: 21 Under 21 (2012)

    September 17, 2012 3:29 PM EDT No. 18: Miley Cyrus Last Year's Rank: 21 Birthdate: November 23, 1992 (age 19) Why She's Hot: Miley Cyrus ' musical career has been quiet thisyear, but that's looking to change in 2013. The former "Hannah Montana" actress recently passed her role in Adam Sandler&…

  15. Fight Over 'J. Geils' Name Heats Up: Band Said 'Let's Replace Him'

    August 14, 2012 11:15 AM EDT J. Geils Band Rejects Lawsuit, Plots Live Dates ... Geils Suggests Group Tour as "Peter Wolf, formerly of the J. Geils Band" Everyone's blood may be running a bit cold at the moment, but four members of the J. Geils Band have every intention of touring this year despite a…

  16. Kids' Choice Awards: Justin Bieber Shares Slime with Will Smith

    March 31, 2012 11:50 PM EDT Katy Perry and One Direction Performed at the Annual Ceremony At the 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards, the slime runneth over. Host Will Smith opened the 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards promising a record amount of the show's trademark green gunk. Though some 20 awards are…

  17. Justin Bieber Hangs 'Mistletoe' Atop Holiday Songs Chart

    December 28, 2011 12:50 PM EST Singer Bumps Mariah Carey; Adam Sandler Cracks Top 20 J ustin Bieber 's "Mistletoe" jingles 2-1 on Billboard's final Holiday Songs chart this season, dethroning Mariah Carey 's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which led the list all four of its…

  18. Billboard Bits: Sly Stone Homeless, Melissa Etheridge Caught in Custody Battle

    September 26, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Psychedelic Legend Sly Stone Revealed To Be Homeless Sly Stone, ringleader of rock-funk fusion act Sly and the Family Stone is reportedly homeless, living out of a van parked in Los Angeles' rough Crenshaw…

  19. Ask Billboard: Ke$ha, Band-Aid, Eddie Murphy

    December 17, 2010 4:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SHOCK AND AWARDS…

  20. Maccabeats Having A 'Dynamite' Chanukah

    December 08, 2010 1:35 PM EST As the eighth and final night of Chanukah arrives at sundown tonight (Dec. 8), a new song for the holiday has lit up two of Billboard's charts. Maccabeats ' "Candlelight" enters the Comedy Digital Tracks (No. 2) and Holiday Digital Songs (No. 19) charts, to be released…

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