1. Ludacris on 'Furious 7': Paul Walker 'Would Have Wanted Us To Finish It'

    February 20, 2015 6:09 PM EST Recently, the rapper and actor Ludacris opened up to Billboard about the upcoming Furious 7 movie and the difficulties of filming after the death of Paul Walker in 2013. Ludacris Reveals the Best Advice Ice Cube Ever Gave Him Ludacris (born Chris Bridges) wants to correct what he calls "…

  2. Nicki Minaj Crew Member's Death: Arrests Expected

    February 20, 2015 5:52 PM EST Police in Philadelphia say arrests are expected in the killing of a member of rapper Nicki Minaj 's tour. Homicide Capt. James Clark tells The Associated Press that detectives have identified three people involved in a fight early Wednesday that ended with the fatal stabbing of 29…

  3. Best and Worst Singles of the Week: From Florence & The Machine to Jamey Johnson

    February 20, 2015 3:50 PM EST Florence & The Machine "What Kind Of Man" Republic Florence Welch usually fluctuates between indie-pop siren and art-rock weirdo, but on this head-spinning ambient-R&B single, she's both. "With one kiss, you inspired a fire of devotion," she sings, proving…

  4. Oscars 2015: Neil Patrick Harris Hosting Do's and Don'ts

    February 20, 2015 11:10 AM EST Expectations are sky-high for Neil Patrick Harris when he hosts the Oscars this weekend. Oscars 2015 This is the guy, after all, who has won Emmys for hosting. Among other events, he's hosted the Tonys and Emmys to great acclaim. But the Academy Awards are a bit different: The…

  5. 'Parks and Recreation' Exec Producer Harris Wittels Found Dead at Age 30

    February 19, 2015 8:49 PM EST Harris Wittels, co-executive producer and writer for  Parks and Recreation , was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 30. Wittels' assistant discovered his body, stated an LAPD representative. Police subsequently responded to a 911…

  6. Suge Knight Taken by Ambulance From Court for Second Time

    February 19, 2015 4:39 PM EST Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was taken by ambulance Thursday (Feb. 19) from a Los Angeles courthouse for an undisclosed medical issue. It was the second time in recent weeks that Knight has been taken to a hospital as he faces murder and robbery charges in separate cases.…

  7. 'Mad Men': Diana Ross' 'Love Hangover' Scores New Teaser

    February 19, 2015 3:37 PM EST The first teaser for the final string of  Mad Men  episodes is finally here, and the 30-second clip spells out everything fans can expect from the last installment of the award-winning drama. 'Mad Men' Character Playlist: 10 Songs for Season 6 Hahaha, just kidding! There's not…

  8. Jamie T, Kasabian, Royal Blood Win Big At NME Awards

    February 19, 2015 3:27 AM EST With three awards, Jamie T and Kasabian were the big winners at Wednesday night's NME Awards in south London, while Royal Blood was close behind with a brace of key trophies.  The members of alternative rock outfit Kasabian were at the Brixton Academy to collect best British band, best…

  9. Pussy Riot Talk Eric Garner-Inspired 'I Can't Breathe,' and the Nascent 'Russian Spring'

    February 18, 2015 11:28 AM EST Pussy Riot are back with their first English song, "I Can't Breathe." Inspired by Eric Garner's death last July and the subsequent protests this winter, and produced with an all-star cast of musicians including Miike Snow 's Andrew Wyatt , Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah…

  10. Geraldo Rivera Criticizes Russell Simmons, Says Hip-Hop Has Done 'More Damage to Black & Brown People Than Racism': Watch

    February 18, 2015 5:08 AM EST Geraldo Rivera loves to talk. The self-styled "militant moderate" and veteran newsman has made a career out of talking, not all of it appreciated. With a seemingly innocuous new interview, he just might have ignited a war of words with the hip-hop community. The Fox News…

  11. Ariana Grande's 'One Last Time' Video Called Out For Plagiarism: Watch

    February 18, 2015 12:29 AM EST Ariana Grande's new video has been accused of lifting the concept from another clip released last year by the Australian group SAFIA . Grande's "One Last Time" is directed by Max Landis and premiered earlier this week. It opens with static and a brief argument…

  12. Butch Walker on Ryan Adams Producing His New Album, 'Afraid of Ghosts': 'I Just Trusted Him'

    February 17, 2015 4:38 PM EST Butch Walker lives a double life: as a solo artist, he releases eclectic albums like Afraid Of Ghosts; he also writes and produces songs for some of pop's biggest stars on the side (including Katy Perry ). Billboard caught up with Walker to talk about working with Ryan Adams and the…

  13. Valentine's Day Country Music Playlist: The Best Love Songs From Past 20 Years

    February 14, 2015 3:19 PM EST Saturday (Feb. 14) marks Valentine's Day, where people celebrate the connections they make with our significant others. With that in mind, we thought we'd go back in the 615 Archives and pick out a few love songs that have stood the test of time. In making the selections for this…

  14. Revisionist History, Valentine's Day Edition: Captain & Tennille Crunches Aerosmith, Van Morrison Boots Lulu

    February 14, 2015 1:31 PM EST Few would argue that on Valentine's Day, love conquers all. In the world of Billboard Hot 100 Revisionist History, however, that might just be the other way around. When each year's No. 1 song from 1958 through 2003 is re-calculated to reflect more current barometers of popularity -…

  15. Go on a Video Tour of Dimebag Darrell's House & Guitar Collection

    February 13, 2015 11:45 AM EST December 8, 2014 marked the 10-year anniversary of "Dimebag" Darrell's tragic death. Billboard paid homage to the great Pantera and Damageplan guitarist, and now Guitar World presents a unique look into his Texas home. Check out the video below for a tour of Darrell Lance…

  16. Drake's 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' & 14 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    February 13, 2015 11:40 AM EST From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 15 instances of…

  17. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Reasons Imagine Dragons Aren't Your Typical Rock Stars

    February 12, 2015 8:00 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Billboard's latest cover stars Imagine Dragons aren't your typical rock band for a lot of reasons. For starters, they're really, really successful. They're one of only two rock bands with at least three top 40 hits since…

  18. Mike Rutherford on 'Living Years' Memoir & Bringing Genesis Back Together

    February 12, 2015 6:48 PM EST The death of Genesis co-founder Mike Rutherford's father inspired "The Living Years," the biggest hit by his other band, Mike + the Mechanics . But Crawford Rutherford's life is what prompted his son to write The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir , which was just…

  19. Visage Singer Steve Strange Dies at 55

    February 12, 2015 5:00 PM EST Steve Strange, the Welsh lead singer of '80s outfit Visage, has died of a heart attack at 55, according to the BBC. He passed away in his sleep at a hospital in Egypt.  "His family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death," a rep…

  20. Florence + the Machine Shares New Song/Music Video, Announces New Album Details

    February 12, 2015 3:30 PM EST New album 'How Big How Blue How Beautiful' is out June 2 on Republic. New music from Florence + the Machine is here. After teasing us with a nearly instrumental track earlier this week, on Thursday (Feb. 12), Florence Welch announced plans for her third studio album and…

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