1. 'SNL': Dakota Johnson Mocks 'Fifty Shades,' Alabama Shakes Performs New Songs (Video)

    March 01, 2015 11:10 AM EST "Birdman," "Cinderella" and Kanye West were among the episode's targets. Dakota Johnson wrapped up her stellar month by hosting Saturday Night Live , which her mom Melanie Griffith hosted in the '80s. Dakota played a introverted blogger, an ISIS recruit and even…

  2. Amber Rose Hired Me for Butt Injections, Black Madam Testifies

    February 27, 2015 4:04 PM EST Gothic hip-hop artist, on trial for the death of a London breakdancer, claims Kanye West dropped Rose off at an appointment. A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London breakdancer with an illegal buttocks injection name-dropped her way through testimony Friday (Feb. 27), claiming…

  3. Exclusive Premiere: The Black Eyed Peas' Apl.de.ap Finds Love in His 'Be' Video

    January 28, 2015 5:42 PM EST Will.i.am did it. Fergie did it. Now Apl.de.ap , one of the original founders of the Black Eyed Peas , is doing it as well: stepping out for a solo album. His full-length, AP3 , is due out early this year, and today Billboard is exclusively premiering the video for the  AP3  track "Be.…

  4. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  5. Freddie Gibbs on ESPN's Stuart Scott: 'He Might've Saved My Life'

    January 12, 2015 4:21 PM EST 'Stuart Scott was a hero,' Gibbs says of the late ESPN anchor. ESPN's Stuart Scott, who brought hip-hop to sports' national airwaves, attention to the fight against cancer, and joy to countless sports fans' days, died Sunday, Jan. 4. In what turned out to be his…

  6. Courtney Love Talks Kurt Cobain, Trent Reznor and Rocking the Opera: 'I Wanted to Do Something Different'

    January 08, 2015 6:21 PM EST "I'm wearing my jammies 'cause mommy's got a cold," quips Courtney Love , holed up in New York's Gramercy Park Hotel in Anna Sui silk pajamas and a sweater, sipping from an array of green juices that her latest collaborator, playwright-composer Todd Almond,…

  7. 'Empire' Premiere: For Better or Worse, Fox's Hip-Hop Soap Gives Us Plenty to Chew On

    January 08, 2015 10:43 AM EST If there is a more absurd hour of television than what we just saw on the series premiere of Empire , we haven't seen it lately. Fox's hip-hop soap opera -- headlined by Terrence Howard as record industry tycoon Lucious Lyon and Taraji P. Henson as his fresh-out-of-prison ex-wife…

  8. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  9. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's troops.…

  10. Music Legend Glyn Johns Recounts Mick Jagger's Close Call With Cops in His New Memoir

    November 11, 2014 2:16 PM EST By now it was quite normal to have sessions go all night, a habit started by The Rolling Stones in 1966 while we were making Between the Buttons , with almost every session starting at 8 p.m. and going till 7:30 or 8 the following morning. On a Sunday afternoon in studio one at Olympic …

  11. Ray Johnston Band Aiming for 'No Bad Days' With New Album

    October 29, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Defying the odds -- that's what the story of the Ray Johnston Band has long been about. The namesake of the Texas-based band has enjoyed a multi-faceted career so far -- playing some of the more prestigious stages in the Lone Star State as well as donning a basketball jersey for the…

  12. Herbie Hancock Reveals Crack-Addict Past in New Memoir

    October 24, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In an excerpt from his new memoir Herbie Hancock : Possibilities (Viking, Oct. 23), the legendary jazz keyboardist (14 years clean) recounts the night his wife and daughter held an intervention. Ever since I'd first smoked crack cocaine , I had been trying without success to stop. I…

  13. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The…

  14. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  15. Why 1996 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE When critics go about naming the best…

  16. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  17. The Five Best Drake Moments At The ESPY Awards

    July 16, 2014 11:45 PM EDT From a Chris Brown cameo to a 'Frozen' cover, here are Drake's five best moments as host of the 2014 ESPY Awards Normal 0 0 1 106 607 5 1 745 11.1539 0 0 0 Started from the bottom and now Drake’s hosting the ESPYs.  Drake put his considerable charisma on display Wednesday…

  18. Casey Kasem's First Wife on Meat-Tossing Second Wife Jean Kasem: 'She Is Absolutely Crazy'

    June 03, 2014 11:12 PM EDT DJ Casey Kasem, 82, who suffers from dementia and is worth $80 million, was taken from a friend's home in Silverdale, Wash., to a hospital on June 1 as his wife, Jean Kasem, angrily hurled hamburger meat, muttering about King David and dogs. Her macabre outburst, meant to satirize the…

  19. 'American Idol' Turns 500 as Top 3 Battle

    May 15, 2014 9:57 AM EDT With just one week to go before the finale, the top three "American Idol" finalists went for broke in the race to be the final two on Wednesday night. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top…

  20. Casey Kasem Found In Washington State

    May 15, 2014 4:33 AM EDT Casey Kasem was located in Washington state on Thursday, three days after a Los Angeles judge expressed concerns about the ailing radio host's whereabouts and safety. Kasem's condition was not immediately known, although his children rejoiced after days of uncertainty and said in a…

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