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. Ice Cube Calls N.W.A. Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' a 'Real Superhero' Movie

    February 20, 2015 5:54 PM EST In a recent Billboard interview, Ice Cube talks about the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton , which he says "is gonna take over 2015."  Ice Cube's pitch for the movie is simple. "You can go see Marvel superheroes and those kind of movies," he says dismissively. …

  3. Jennifer Hudson: Iggy Azalea 'Inspired My Creativity'

    February 20, 2015 5:46 PM EST Jennifer Hudson was "surprised" when she found out that Iggy Azalea wanted to collaborate on her Reclassified single, "Trouble." But Hudson tells Billboard that "working with her was interesting because it was a different way to see an artist work." Billboard&…

  4. Andy Samberg Offers 'Lego Movie' Oscar Snub Explanation, Calls Wife Joanna Newsom 'My Favorite Musician'

    February 20, 2015 5:37 PM EST As a member of the The Lonely Island -- who is featured on the single version of The Lego Movie 's Oscar-nominated best original song, "Everything Is Awesome" -- Andy Samberg could understandably view himself as an artist in the same medium as his wife, folk chanteuse Joanna…

  5. Billboard's First-Ever Double Threats Special: Jennifer Hudson, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover and More Multihyphenate Powerhouses

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST "I give 100 percent, whether it's singing or acting," says Jennifer Hudson . "I hope I never have to choose between the two." Fortunately, it's doubtful she'll ever have to: After a stint as an American Idol finalist in 2004, the Chicago native's…

  6. Ludacris Reveals the Best Advice Ice Cube Ever Gave Him

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Scene Stealer For Christopher ­" Ludacris " Bridges, all it took to crack Hollywood was a quick audition tape shot backstage while on tour with Eminem . Director John Singleton, known for plucking talent from hip-hop for films like Poetic Justice and Boyz N the Hood , gave him…

  7. Jack Black: 'The Charge That You Get in Front of a Crowd -- It's Sexual'

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Metalhead Jack Black's twin talents have always been in lock step. After appearing on acclaimed late-'90s HBO sketch series Mr. Show , Black scored a spinoff miniseries for his then-budding spoof-rock band, Tenacious D . His hilarious frontman theatricality landed him the…

  8. Common on Acting and His Oscar-Nominated Song 'Glory': 'I Always Want My Art to Inspire'

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Conscience Common doesn't have any theories as to why Selma , the praised Martin Luther King Jr. biopic he stars in, earned only two Oscar noms: best ­picture and best original song, for "Glory," his Golden Globe-winning duet with John Legend . (They'll perform it at…

  9. Carrie Brownstein Talks 'Portlandia' and Sleater-Kinney: 'I Don't Feel Schizophrenic with Acting and Music'

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Queen Of Cool Before Carrie Brownstein was the Emmy-nominated writer and star of IFC TV series Portlandia , she was a singer-guitarist in beloved feminist-rock band Sleater-Kinney , formed in 1994. But when the trio went on hiatus in 2006, she ventured into new territory, sketching…

  10. Ice Cube Could Care Less About Winning a Grammy or an Oscar: 'I Ain't Got One and I Still Feel Good About Myself'

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The OG Ice Cube 's classic rap songs, whether solo or with pioneering gangsta rap crew N.W.A. , are as cinematic as any film. In 1986, he wrote Eazy-E 's hit "Boyz N the Hood," which later ­supplied the title and subtext for John Singleton's Oscar-nominated 1991 saga,…

  11. Donald Glover Talks Blacking Out Onstage and Why Salvador Dali Is His Multihyphenate Hero

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Outsider Hip-hop stars have long beat a path to Hollywood, from Ice Cube to Ice-T and even Vanilla Ice (what, you never saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze ?). Donald Glover, ­however, may be the only star to make the trip in reverse. In 2009, after three years…

  12. Anna Kendrick Admits to Being a Musical 'Amateur' and Why Bette Midler Is the 'Wayne Gretzky of Double Threats'

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Natural Anna Kendrick will be the first to tell you she's not really a musician; she just plays one on the big screen. Her ­humility belies the mezzo-soprano belt that drove the actress' cover of "Cups" from Pitch Perfect , the 2012 hit movie about a cappella…

  13. Rita Ora Dishes on Her 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Role ('Don't Blink or You'll Miss Me') and Who She Dreams of Playing (You'll Never Guess)

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Freshman Rita Ora 's acting debut may just be four lines long but it's quite a launch pad: As Christian Grey's sister in Fifty Shades of Grey , the 24-year-old's cameo was seen by millions (generating $94.4 million in first-weekend box office, according to Box Office…

  14. Andy Samberg on His Oscar Snub and Why 'There Is Nothing Closer to My Heart' Than The Lonely Island

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Clown Prince Andy Samberg always wanted to be a stand-up ­comedian. But it wasn't until 2000, when the New York University graduate moved to Los Angeles with friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, that he started writing ­musical comedy. "We would come home after going out…

  15. Director Hiro Murai Gives Behind-the-Scenes Story on His Surreal Videos for Childish Gambino, St. Vincent & More

    February 06, 2015 5:14 PM EST Hiro Murai, the 31-year-old music video director, is trying to explain how his imagination works. "I'll listen to a song so much that ideas start to form out of daydreaming. It's as if I'm reverse-scoring the track and building visuals around a specific beat or riff that&…

  16. Watch Childish Gambino Perform '3005' With Full Band on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    January 14, 2015 10:13 AM EST Childish Gambino's Because the Internet has been out since Dec. 2013, but he's still hard at work promoting his sophomore album. He swung by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (Jan. 13) for a performance of its single "3005." The MC also known as Donald Glover looks like he&…

  17. 'Girls': The Top 10 Awkward, Amazing Musical Moments

    January 11, 2015 4:50 PM EST Lena Dunham's often controversial, always intriguing Girls returns for its fourth season tonight (Jan. 11) on HBO. From the get-go, music has been paramount to the show's appeal, from its era-hopping, carefully curated soundtrack to its cringe-worthy moments of millennial…

  18. Childish Gambino Shows Off Smooth Moves in 'Sober' Video

    January 10, 2015 9:32 PM EST Actor, writer, singer/rapper and now Childish Gambino is showing off yet another one of his talents. In his video for "Sober," he puts his skills as a dancer at the forefront of the visual. Taken from his STN MTN / KAUAI mixtape, the clip follows Gambino as he attempts to woo…

  19. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  20. Has Childish Gambino Wiped His Social Accounts to Protest Police Brutality?

    December 14, 2014 5:24 PM EST Childish Gambino has wiped his Twitter and Instagram accounts, and fans are wondering why.  Childish Gambino's Donald Glover to Star in Series Pilot About 'Atlanta' Rap Scene While many have thought it is to mark the one-year anniversary of the rapper known otherwise as…

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