1. Eddie Murphy in Talks to Join Richard Pryor Biopic

    March 13, 2015 8:57 PM EDT Eddie Murphy is in talks to join the Richard Pryor biopic that Lee Daniels is directing for The Weinstein Co., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Mike Epps is starring as the comedian who pushed the boundaries of race and mined his own gritty experiences, becoming one of the most…

  2. Richard Pryor's Widow Sues Over 'Swag' T-Shirt

    January 21, 2015 10:02 PM EST Jennifer Lee Pryor doesn't find an online vendor's design so funny. An image of Richard Pryor superimposed with the word "swag" has earned a T-shirt designer a lawsuit from the comedian's widow. In a concise six-page complaint, Jennifer Lee Pryor claims that the…

  3. Nas Opens-Up for 'Illmatic' Anniversary Media Blitz

    April 16, 2014 5:22 AM EDT Nas’ seminal debut “Illmatic” is 20 years old this week. And to celebrate the deluxe reissue “Illmatic XX,” the Queens rapper took to the Web for a digital flurry of Q&As on the Tuesday release date.  From HuffPost Live to a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) , an iTunes session run through…

  4. Slash, Billy Corgan Take a Ride Down 'Sunset Strip'

    March 12, 2012 11:30 PM EDT In Hans Fjellestad's "Sunset Strip" documentary, several of his talking heads declare the mile and a half stretch of Sunset Boulevard dead in 2005 after Tower Records closed. Clive Davis and Lou Adler eulogize the store's closing, Ozzy Osbourne rambles on about Tower'…

  5. Jay-Z Promotes 'Decoded' On Jon Stewart's Show

    November 18, 2010 12:29 PM EST Jay-Z hit up Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" last night (Nov. 17) to continue promo on his "Decoded" book, and touched on topics like how people view him, the growth of hip-hop and Richard Pryor. Video: Jay-Z on Jon Stewart Show "I don't worry about that,"…

  6. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts, including Larry Graham, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Richard Pryor, Dionne Warwick, Parliament Fu 2006 - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts,…

  7. 6 Questions: George Carlin

    June 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The irascible George Carlin -- voted, through a Comedy Central poll of network executives and industry veterans, the second-best stand-up comedian of all time behind Richard Pryor -- turned 70 May 12. In tribute to comedy legend George Carlin, who died June 22 at the age of 71, we present…

  8. This Day in Music

    August 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts, including Larry Graham, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Richard Pryor, Dionne Warwick, Parliament Fu 2006 - Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts,…

  9. Entertainment Legend Merv Griffin Dies At 82

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Merv Griffin, the mogul who hosted an eponymous talk show for more than 20 years, created the globally popular game shows "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" and oversaw a diversified empire via the Gr Merv Griffin, the mogul who hosted an eponymous talk show for more than…

  10. Grammys To Salute Bowie, Cream, Haggard, Pryor

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rock legends David Bowie and Cream, country icon Merle Haggard, late bluesman Robert Johnson and late comedy innovator Richard Pryor are among the recipients of the 2006 Grammy Lifetime Achievement aw Rock legends David Bowie and Cream, country icon Merle Haggard and late comedy innovator…

  11. Stars Salute Stevie At Grammy Jam

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST "What I love about Stevie Wonder is the way he makes people feel," says India.Arie. "He's one of the best examples of how music can heal." "What I love about Stevie Wonder is the way he makes people feel," says India.Arie. "He's one of the best…

  12. HBO Staying Up Late With Diddy's 'Bad Boys'

    May 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT HBO will launch a new late-night series, "P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy," on June 10. HBO will launch a new late-night series, "P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy," on June 10. The nine-episode series, which will air at 11 p.m. ET/PT Fridays, features up…

  13. CHART BEAT BONUS

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of "Car Wash," newly remade by Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott, Mavis Staples, Ciara and women on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart AUTO MATIC: For the second time in the rock era, the song "Car Wash"…

  14. Cross Swears Off Parodies, Eyes Spring Tour

    November 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST Comedian David Cross tells Billboard.com there is one major difference between his recently released Sub Pop comedy album ... Comedian David Cross tells Billboard.com there is one major difference between his recently released Sub Pop comedy album " Shut Up, You F****** Baby " and…

  15. Common Invites Fans To 'Electric Circus'

    November 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST Thought-provoking rapper Common will release his fifth album, "Electric Circus," Dec. 10 via MCA. The set will feature guest performances by the likes of Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, and Cee-Lo, an Thought-provoking rapper Common will release his fifth album, "Electric…

  16. Billboard Bits: Bubba Sparxxx, Richard Pryor, A

    March 07, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Bubba Sparxxx, Richard Pryor, A A birthday party for Southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx (real name: Warren Mathis) turned ugly Tuesday night in Athens, Ga., after three men were stabbed, one of them critically injured. Eric McAnally, who manages Nashville rapper Haystack, was in critical…

  17. Gil Scott-Heron concert review, New York, Jan. 14,

    January 19, 2001 12:00 AM EST Gil Scott-Heron concert review, New York, Jan. 14, 2001 For 12 years, this event of spoken word poetry and music has honored the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The connection between musicians and MLK is a little-known but direct one -- Stevie Wonder was instrumental…

  18. Concert review of Gil Scott-Heron in New York City

    January 18, 2001 12:00 AM EST Concert review of Gil Scott-Heron in New York City, Jan. 14, 2001.I For 12 years, this event of spoken word poetry and music has honored the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The connection between musicians and MLK is a little-known but direct one -- Stevie Wonder was…