1. ‘SNL’ Recap: Nicki Minaj Impersonates Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, Performs ‘Bed of Lies’ With Skylar Grey & More

    December 07, 2014 12:13 PM EST Nicki Minaj arguably stole the show on the Dec. 6 episode of Saturday Night Live . Not only did the rapper perform her new songs "Bed of Lies, "All Things Go" and "Only,” but she also appeared in several memorable comedy sketches. Nicki Minaj Reveals Lost Child…

  2. Joan Rivers & 5 More Posthumous Grammy Award Nominees

    December 05, 2014 4:09 PM EST At the 57th annual Grammy Awards , late comedy legend Joan Rivers will be up for just her second Grammy ever, following her 1984 Best Comedy Album nomination for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? This time, she'll compete for Best Spoken Word Album with her Diary of a Mad Diva .…

  3. Grammys 2015: Meet The Lesser-Known Nominees

    December 05, 2014 2:28 PM EST Mali Music, Brandy Clark, Alt-J and other rising stars have earned key nominations. Look at the nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards (so far) , and you’ll see a whole bunch of familiar names in the major categories. Grammy darlings like Taylor Swift , U2 , Eminem and John Legend have…

  4. Bill Cosby's Attorney Says New Lawsuit Follows Extortion Attempt

    December 05, 2014 1:11 AM EST A woman suing Bill Cosby for sexual battery attempted to sell a story about the comedian to a tabloid a decade ago and tried to extort money in exchange for her silence, Cosby's attorney said in a court filing Thursday. Attorney Martin Singer wrote in the filing that the lawsuit by…

  5. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary at NYC's Joe's Pub

    December 04, 2014 3:33 PM EST In recent years, the men and women who play a behind-the-scenes role in making pop music have been getting more attention. The most prominent example is probably the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom -- which documented the contributions made by backup singers in classic rock -- but the…

  6. 'South Park' Pits Lorde/Randy Against Iggy Azalea, Michael Jackson Hologram

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Earlier this season,  South Park revealed that teenage pop star Lorde is actually middle-aged father Randy Marsh -- and not long after, they  eviscerated Spin's  embarrassing coverage of that episode as part of another Lorde plotline. On Wednesday night, the Comedy Central stalwart…

  7. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  8. On This Day In 1983, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Premiered On MTV

    December 02, 2014 1:00 PM EST Thirty-one years ago today (Dec. 2), MTV aired the full 13-minute version of Michael Jackson 's “Thriller” music video for the first time. In 1984 the single peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100  and at No. 3 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs . Following Jackson’s death in 2009, the…

  9. Wyclef & Avicii Fight AIDS and Find Success on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 27, 2014 1:05 PM EST The pair debuts at No. 12. Plus, moves for Major Lazer, Deadmau5, Jennifer Lopez & more. Wyclef lands on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the first time, as charity single "Divine Sorrow," featuring Avicii , debuts at No. 12. The song is part of a Coca-Cola and (RED)-sponsored…

  10. Sia, Chet Faker Win Big at ARIA Awards

    November 26, 2014 10:04 PM EST Sia cleaned-up at Wednesday’s (Nov. 26) ARIA Awards at Sydney’s Star Event Centre, where she took out four categories on what is the Australian record industry’s big night. The singer and songwriter cemented her career-year by snaffling the annual event’s traditional top award, best album,…

  11. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 26, 2014 12:05 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack. We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you've…

  12. This Monty Python Song Is Played at More British Funerals Than Any Religious Tune

    November 25, 2014 11:39 AM EST Oh, those Brits and their irreverent sense of humor. According to The Telegraph , the most popular song to be played at British funerals is not a somber, traditional tune, but a comedy tune from national treasures Monty Python . “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,” the lighthearted…

  13. How Did 'Serial' Find Its Music? Thank Nick Thorburn

    November 24, 2014 3:42 PM EST As fans of the runaway hit podcast  Serial  know ,  the notes of the now all-too-familiar jingle that opens each episode can provoke a Pavlovian response from listeners eager to get their latest hit of the addictive story. For the uninitiated:  Serial , a  This American Life  spin-off…

  14. 2014 AMAs: Best, Worst & Weirdest Performances

    November 24, 2014 12:40 AM EST Obviously the American Music Awards are about awards, but the real reason we tune in is to see hit artists delivering performances of their new material. Sometimes they're spectacular, sometimes they're snoozy -- even the best pop stars can swing and miss at the AMAs -- but they…

  15. Magic! & Wyclef Jean Team Up at the 2014 AMAs: Watch

    November 23, 2014 8:44 PM EST Magic! and Wyclef Jean joined forces at the 2014 American Music Awards. Full AMAs 2014 Coverage Wyclef Jean kicked off the reggae-pop infused performance with his latest single, "Divine Sorrow," sans featured guest Avicii . Magic! sung along with Jean, before transitioning…

  16. Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season -- How Far Can It Go?

    November 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken . On Saturday evening (Nov. 22), Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall 's Into the Woods , at simultaneous screenings on both coasts,…

  17. John Stamos Lights Up Elvis Presley's Graceland

    November 22, 2014 12:25 PM EST Sporting Elvis Presley -like sideburns, actor John Stamos helped flip the switch Friday (Nov. 21) on the colorful display of holiday lights adorning Graceland, Presley's home-turned-museum in Memphis. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit An avid fan…

  18. Pearl Jam’s ‘Vitalogy’ at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Album Review

    November 22, 2014 11:52 AM EST It was an undeniably tumultuous year for Pearl Jam in 1994. A time of great flux during which the spotlight of fame glared ever more strongly on the Seattle band as it faced the suicide of Nirvana ’s Kurt Cobain , opted to battle Ticketmaster and changed drummers. It was into this…

  19. Paging *NSYNC Fans! JC Chasez is Starring in a Movie Musical

    November 21, 2014 5:08 PM EST It's gonna be JC. Former *NSYNC -er JC Chasez has been cast in the musical comedy One Shot , according to Deadline . The site reports that Chasez will join Topher Grace and Taye Diggs in the film about a failed Broadway performer-turned-stage manager (Grace) who "must wrangle the…

  20. One Direction, Lionel Richie & Katy Perry Win at Billboard Touring Awards

    November 20, 2014 9:46 PM EST One Direction , Lionel Richie and Katy Perry lead the list of winners at Billboard 's 11th annual Touring Awards, held Thursday (Nov. 20) at New York's Edison Ballroom. 1D, who was not in attendance, took home the awards for Top Draw and Top Tour, with grosses in excess of $290…

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