1. Common, Kevin Hart & More Diversify Film Academy Membership

    June 27, 2015 3:10 PM EDT After widespread criticism of the film academy's overwhelmingly white slate of Oscar nominees this year, the organization has announced a roster of potential new members that skews younger and more diverse. Kevin Hart , Common , Emma Stone, Dev Patel and Whiplash writer-director Damien…

  2. Common Joins 'Suicide Squad'

    April 23, 2015 7:04 AM EDT Oscar-winning rapper-turned-actor Common has closed a deal to join the cast of Suicide Squad , Warner Bros.' all-star action movie featuring DC Entertainment super-villains. David Ayer is directing the feature, which already boasts actors Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot…

  3. Usher, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani Among Headliners for Earth Day Rally

    April 18, 2015 11:55 AM EDT An all-day Earth Day rally and concert Saturday (April 18) is drawing some big names to the National Mall. Usher , Mary J. Blige , Gwen Stefani , Common and Train are scheduled to perform during the free Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day rally hosted by will.i.am and Soledad O'Brien. The…

  4. Celebrities Face Off But Fall Short in Jimmy Fallon's 'Lip Sync Battle': TV Review

    April 03, 2015 9:33 PM EDT At the beginning of Lip Sync Battle , host LL Cool J tells viewers how simple the show's concept is -- two stars lip-sync two songs, then the audience decides who did it best. It is a simple concept. Perhaps too simple. Unlike other celebrity reality competitions, the stakes aren't…

  5. Oscars 2015: Common & John Legend's 'Glory' Heading for Post-Win Sales Bump

    February 23, 2015 7:52 PM EST Common and John Legend 's "Glory" is basking in the glow of its Academy Award win for best original song on Feb. 22, and is on course for big sales gains in the wake of the Oscars. Oscars 2015: See All Our Coverage Industry forecasters suggest the tune -- which was…

  6. Oscars 2015: Lady Gaga, Rita Ora & More Share Thoughts, Photos Ahead of Performances

    February 22, 2015 4:08 PM EST The 2015 Academy Awards are right around the corner, and several artists performing on Sunday's ceremony are sharing some pre-Oscar thoughts and photos on social media. Oscars 2015: See All of Our Coverage Lady Gaga and Rita Ora posted Instagram photos of themselves posing with…

  7. Maroon 5, Common & John Legend Score High Debuts on Top Twitter Tracks

    January 23, 2015 3:30 PM EST 'Sugar' crashes in atop the list, while Ciara collects her first chart entry. Plus, Katy Perry creates a hit…just not her own. Maroon 5 's "Sugar" rushes to the summit on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks , giving the band its second No. 1 debut, after "Maps"…

  8. Common & John Legend's 'Glory' Wins on MLK's Birthday at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

    January 15, 2015 10:29 PM EST A Hollywood movie couldn't have scripted it any better. On Thursday (Jan. 15) -- on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 86th birthday -- Common accepted best song at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards for "Glory," his and John Legend 's sweeping track…

  9. 2015 Oscar Nominations Boost Common, John Legend & More on Trending 140 Chart

    January 15, 2015 7:49 PM EST The Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart saw a flurry of activity Thursday (Jan. 15) as the Academy Award nominations were announced. Five songs scored nods for Best Original Song, and the selections lumped together newcomers and industry veterans spanning country, pop and hip-hop. Many…

  10. Common Talks 'Glory,' His 'Selma' Duet With John Legend: 'It's for Dr. King'

    December 05, 2014 7:11 PM EST The rapper also addresses the song's Oscar chances: 'The bigger the platform, the more people the message can reach.' The trailer for the civil rights drama Selma was scored with a hip-hop song by Public Enemy , as a sort of promise to audiences that this wouldn't be a…

  11. Watch: Ariana Grande Performs In Honor of Her Late Grandpa at 'Stand Up to Cancer'

    September 06, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Other perforers included Dave Matthews Band, the Who, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco and Common. Ariana Grande performed her song “My Everything” in honor of her late grandpa during this year’s Stand Up to Cancer telethon . Ariana Grande Nabs Second No. 1 Album In Less Than A Year “Supporting a…

  12. Common & No I.D. Talk 'Resurrection' Anniversary & Making of 'Nobody's Smiling': Exclusive Q&A

    July 29, 2014 1:40 PM EDT It's been twenty years since Common 's sophomore LP, Resurrection , shook up the rap industry and gave hip-hop fans the classic ode "I Used to Love H.E.R." The rapper/actor hasn't slowed down since. Last week, via producer and Def Jam Executive Vice President No I.D.&…

  13. Common Announces New Album, Debuts 'War' Single

    January 07, 2014 11:40 AM EST Common is bringing attention to the violence in his hometown, of Chicago, on his upcoming album, "Nobody Smiling." The rapper told Revolt TV that his 10th studio album, executive produced by No I.D., was inspired by the state of the inner cities of the U.S., including Chicago. "…

  14. Common, J. Period, 'The Next Chapter (Still Love H.E.R.)

    February 01, 2013 10:59 AM EST J. Period is back at it again. The DJ/producer will release his forthcoming mixtape "Rage is Back" mixtape on Feb. 12. J. Period and Common join forces for the mixtape's first single, "The Next Chapter (Still Love H.E.R.)," premiered exclusively here on The…