1. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  2. 'Love & Mercy,' Biopic on Brian Wilson's Dark Years, to Premiere in September

    July 22, 2014 1:52 PM EDT “Love & Mercy,” Bill Pohlad’s film on Brian Wilson’s dark years spent under the care of Eugene Landy, will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.   The film, starring Paul Dano as Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack and Paul Giamatti, is set…

  3. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  4. Billboard + Twitter Realtime Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    July 18, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Kilo Kish, Audio Push and more artists popping up on the Emerging Artists Chart. To celebrate the middle of summer, Billboard has picked the top trending music videos for the July 26 charting week that have appeared on this week's Twitter Emerging Artists Chart . As long as each artist…

  5. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  6. Robin Thicke Reaches Out For 'Paula': Album Review

    June 27, 2014 2:58 PM EDT The begging begins about 55 seconds into "You're My Fantasy," the opening track on "Paula." Over gentle salsa strums, Robin Thicke pleads "please" seven times in a row to a woman whose absence feels ghostlike ("I can smell your perfume/-Your legs are…

  7. 'Frozen' Character Gains Popularity as Baby Name

    June 19, 2014 3:40 AM EDT "Frozen" is a big hit—in the maternity ward. Elsa, the ice queen played by Idina Menzel in the Disney animated hit, is gaining popularity as a name for newborns, according to parenting website Babycentre.co.uk . The character name has broken into their top 100 name list for the…

  8. 'True Blood' To Live On in Musical Form

    June 19, 2014 1:47 AM EDT Like the vampires it portrays, "True Blood" won't seem to die. Even if it means breaking out in song. After the final scene of the upcoming final season of "True Blood," fans may be able to take another fresh bite out of the HBO vampire drama. In the works: "…

  9. Steamy One Direction Fan Fiction Being Shopped to Hollywood

    June 13, 2014 12:57 PM EDT A 25-year-old Texan just landed a six-figure book deal for her wildly popular fan-fic starring Harry Styles and the boy band. What's next? If One Direction fan Anna Todd wrote her own lyrics to the group's hit "Story of My Life," it would sound like a fairytale. The…

  10. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  11. Plácido Domingo to Sing Before World Cup Final

    June 11, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Placido Domingo will sing before a World Cup final for the sixth time, announcing Wednesday he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11. The concert featuring the 73-year-old classic musical star will take place two days before the final at Maracana Stadium. The show also…

  12. Rihanna & Vogue Editor Anna Wintour's (Would-Be) Texts Exposed: Watch

    June 03, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Rihanna turned heads as she arrived at Monday night's CFDA Fashion Awards, (barely) wearing an Adam Selman outfit made from Swarvoski crystals -- and not much else. Given that it was her big night, we would have expected no less from the CFDA Fashion Icon Award recipient. Rihanna…

  13. Rihanna Sparkles In See-Through Gown at CFDA Awards

    June 02, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Rihanna wowed the crowds at the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA) Awards in New York, where she walked the red carpet in a see-through gown. RiRi, who was honored at Monday's gala with the Fashion Icon of the Year award, wore a custom Adam Selman sheer gown…

  14. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony Debuts on HBO

    June 01, 2014 12:39 PM EDT The hullabaloo Kiss raised over the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony gave HBO an added bonus to promote its three-hour, 15-minute edited version of last month’s ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ROCK HALL CEREMONY • Review:   Debts Repaid at…

  15. Beyonce, Shakira, Lady Gaga Make Forbes' Most Powerful Women List

    May 28, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Forbes released its annual list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women on Wednesday, and this year's ranking is topped by German chancellor Angela Merkel. Yet in the American political sphere, former first lady Hillary Clinton clocks in at number six -- two spots ahead of current…

  16. AKB48 Cancel Fan Events After Saw Attack

    May 27, 2014 3:22 AM EDT Japan's hugely popular female pop group AKB48 canceled fan events Monday after a saw-wielding man attacked two members and a staffer, shocking the nation and raising questions over security. The two group members, Anna Iriyama, 18, and Rina Kawaei, 19, suffered hand and head injuries,…

  17. AKB48 Members Attacked By Saw-Wielding Man

    May 26, 2014 2:23 AM EDT Two members of the all-female Japanese pop group AKB48 and one staffer have been injured by a saw-wielding man at a fan event. Japanese media reports and a statement on the group's official blog say that 18-year-old Anna Iriyama and 19-year-old Rina Kawaei were cut on their hands and…

  18. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  19. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger, Funny or Die's VP of production and…

  20. 'Frozen' To Become A Disney on Ice Show (Report)

    May 20, 2014 5:16 AM EDT "Frozen" has already made over $1.2 billion worldwide and is now sent to hit the road in September as a Disney on Ice show. The animated blockbuster, which helped the Walt Disney Co. beat expectations with second quarter earnings, will cash in on its popularity even more by becoming…

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