1. Babyface Talks Collaboration With Teddy Riley on BET Bobby Brown Biopic Theme & Bruno Mars' Grammy Shoutout

    February 01, 2018 12:55 PM EST A pair of “polite rivals” are collaborating on a song for BET's new Bobby Brown biopic. Babyface tells Billboard that he and fellow R&B/pop hitmaker Teddy Riley are joining forces to write a "theme song" for the project, which i ...

  2. Charlie Walk Will Not Attend 'The Four' Finale, Following Sexual Misconduct Claims

    January 31, 2018 10:02 PM EST and Management Record Labels TV / Film TV / Film bbbiz ...

  3. Charlie Walk's Fate on Fox's 'The Four' to Be Decided Imminently

    January 31, 2018 7:52 PM EST Following allegations of sexual misconduct, music exec  Charlie Walk ’s fate as a judge on Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardom  is expected to be decided soon. While reports had claimed that Walk has already been fired, sources tell  Billboard that ...

  4. Republic Records Places Charlie Walk on Leave Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    January 31, 2018 5:23 PM EST Republic Records Group president and The Four judge Charlie Walk has been placed on leave following several allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by former employees this week.  On Monday, Tristan Coopersmith , founder of the Southern ...

  5. Rose McGowan Gives Props to Kesha For Her 'Tremendous Heart'

    January 31, 2018 10:51 AM EST "We won't shut up and we won't go away," McGowan said. A lot of people were moved while watching Kesha sing "Praying" at Sunday night's 2018 Grammy Awards. But one of them felt an especially close bond to the sin ...

  6. The Parents Television Council Pens Open Letter to Justin Timberlake Asking to Keep Super Bowl Performance Appropriate

    January 30, 2018 6:32 PM EST Janet Jackson ’s wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl courtesy of Justin Timberlake left hundreds of thousands of viewers shocked and outraged. Leading up Timberlake’s highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday (Feb. 4), the Pare ...

  7. Maren Morris, Reba McEntire and Jon Pardi Get Commercial

    January 30, 2018 11:45 AM EST Country promotion executives spent much of Jan. 29 looking for adds at terrestrial radio, but the night before, the ads making a difference for the genre took place on TV. Maren Morris , Reba McEntire and Jon Pardi made notable appearances in spot ...

  8. Oscars Slammed for 'Institutionalized Racism' Against Latinos, Hispanic Media Coalition Takes Action

    January 25, 2018 11:32 AM EST The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is protesting the Oscars for still being so white. The advocacy group, which prides itself on being a media watchdog for Latino communities, took to social media with a call-to-action that is scheduled ...

  9. M.I.A. Wrestles With Sundance Doc 'MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.': 'It's Not the Film That I Would Have Made'

    January 25, 2018 9:00 AM EST "Whenever a celebrity makes a film about themselves, they are never going to have that objective distance from themselves," director Stephen Loveridge says of his long-awaited portrait of the controversial star. When the credits rolled a ...

  10. Want Stevie Wonder to Call You? Land an Oscar Nomination: Raphael Saadiq, Common, Diane Warren & More React to Oscar Nods

    January 23, 2018 6:29 PM EST As if Raphael Saadiq ’s day weren’t going well enough after garnering an Oscar nomination for best original song Tuesday morning (Jan. 23) for co-writing “Mighty River” from Mudbound , Stevie Wonder called just to say he loved him and congratulati ...

  11. LL Cool J, Katharine McPhee & Sharon Osbourne Lined Up for NFL Talent Contest 'MVP: Most Valuable Performer'

    January 23, 2018 3:37 PM EST The prime time special airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. With two weeks to kill before the Super Bowl, what is an NFL superfan to do? If the first thing that popped into your head was "watch Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins bust ou ...

  12. Action Bronson To Appear in Robert De Niro Netflix Film 'The Irishman'

    January 23, 2018 10:59 AM EST The film also stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci and will be directed by Martin Scorsese. New York rapper and Vice TV star Action Bronson has joined Netflix’s upcoming biographical crime film The Irishman . Based on the book I Hear You Paint Houses by ...

  13. 2018 Oscar Nominations: See the Full List

    January 23, 2018 8:33 AM EST The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning (Jan. 23) in Los Angeles by Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish and performance-capture legend Andy Serkis ( Star Wars: The Last Jedi ), with Guillermo del Toro's lauded f ...

  14. U.K. Regulator Says Fox-Sky Deal 'Not in Public Interest'

    January 23, 2018 3:19 AM EST The U.K. competition regulator early Tuesday London time published its preliminary report on 21st Century Fox's proposed deal for full ownership of European pay TV giant Sky, raising concerns about the influence of the Murdoch family trust th ...

  15. 'Stranger Things,' 'The Crown' Propel Netflix Membership Gains

    January 22, 2018 8:52 PM EST The streamer now has more than 117 million members worldwide. Stranger Things  and  The Crown  led Netflix to a strong end of the year in which the streamer added more new subscribers than it has in any previous quarter.  Netflix reported Monday t ...

  16. Daryl Hall & John Oates Join Together With Train for North American Summer Tour

    January 22, 2018 12:46 PM EST Daryl Hall and John Oates will be back together again this summer on a whopping 37-city North American tour, also featuring pop-rock group Train. While both Hall and Oates have released individual projects in recent years, the legendary duo hasn&# ...

  17. JAY-Z Tapped as First Guest on Upcoming 'Van Jones Show' Premiere

    January 21, 2018 11:00 AM EST Former Obama policy adviser and CNN commentator Van Jones is starting his own new series on CNN. Titled The Van Jones Show , the series hopes to explore the current moment in American politics and race relations. “This is an opportunity to really ...

  18. Sundance Respect Rally Downsizes With Smaller Hollywood Presence

    January 20, 2018 4:36 PM EST "We have reached the breaking point, we have reached the tipping point. We demand our rights. Say after me, 'Resist. Persist. Insist,'" attorney Gloria Allred chanted with the audience. "Fight for your rights. Stand up for ...

  19. Watch Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Wrestle With Faith in 'Believer' HBO Doc: Exclusive Clip

    January 19, 2018 4:35 PM EST Believer , a moving documentary that premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, follows Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds as he tries to reconcile his deep Mormon faith with the church’s policies against the LGTBQ community. In th ...

  20. MTG Sells Majority Stake in Leading Pan-African Music Network Trace

    January 19, 2018 2:22 PM EST Swedish media group MTG has signed a deal to sell its majority stake in Pan-African network Trace to equity firm TPG Growth. The agreement, which still has to pass regulatory approval, is for 75 percent of Trace and values the entire company at ju ...

  21. Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix's Motley Crue Biopic

    January 18, 2018 11:03 PM EST Colson Baker, better known as pop-rapper Machine Gun Kelly , has been cast in Netflix’s new Motley Crue biopic. Variety reports that MKG is set to play drummer Tommy Lee in an adaptation of Motley Crue’s 2001 memoir, The Dirt . The artist confirme ...

  22. Chrissy Teigen & LL Cool J Talk 'Lip Sync Battle' Season 4: 'It's Fun to See Celebrities Squirm a Little Bit'

    January 17, 2018 6:47 PM EST New season kicks off Thursday with "Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration." It’s a Saturday in November at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif., when co-host Chrissy Teigen walks into the Lip Sync Battle conference room ...

  23. 'Today' Executive Producer Don Nash Stepping Down

    January 17, 2018 12:15 PM EST There are more changes in store for NBC's  Today  show, which recently promoted Hoda Kotb to serve as Savannah Guthrie's early-morning co-anchor. Now, veteran executive producer Don Nash is stepping down from his position. Nash has serve ...

  24. Jane Fonda, Gloria Allred & Common to Hold Respect Rally at Sundance

    January 17, 2018 7:47 AM EST The event will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Women's March and Sundance's March on Main. One year after celebrities braved the snow to participate in the Sundance Film Festival's  version of the Women's March , Jane ...

  25. The Flamingos' 'I Only Have Eyes for You' Rules THR's Top TV Songs Chart for December, Thanks to 'The Crown'

    January 16, 2018 12:41 PM EST Plus, Lewis Capaldi and Talking Heads debut. The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You” leads THR’s Top TV Songs chart, powered by Tunefind and Shazam, for December, thanks to its appearance in Netflix’s  The Crown . Rankings for the Top TV Songs c ...

  26. A Nicky Jam Bio-Series Coming to Telemundo This Summer

    January 16, 2018 10:19 AM EST A 13-episode scripted drama on the life and times of Latin sensation Nicky Jam is coming to a small screen near you. ​Nicky Jam  is set to star in his his own bio-series,  Nicky Jam: El Ganador , which will begin filming in Medellín, Colombia this ...

  27. UMPG Expands Global Partnership With Disney Music Publishing

    January 16, 2018 9:08 AM EST Universal will now administer Disney's iconic catalog in the U.K., Ireland, continental Europe and beyond. The Universal Music Publishing Group has expanded its agreement to handle Disney Music Publishing to administering the latter's ca ...

  28. BET Unveils 'Death Row Chronicles' Docuseries, Premiering in February

    January 15, 2018 4:00 PM EST Death Row Records rose to prominence during the golden era of hip-hop back in the '90s. Two decades later, BET reveals the  Death Row Chronicles,  which premieres with part one and two on Tuesday, February 20 at 10 p.m. ET. BET dives deep int ...

  29. Johnny Cash Doc in the Works From Frank Marshall, Imperative

    January 15, 2018 7:21 AM EST Thom Zimny, the award-winning filmmaker behind numerous Bruce Springsteen documentaries, is set to direct. Imperative Entertainment is teaming up with  Jurassic World  producer Frank Marshall to make a Johnny Cash documentary. The news comes the d ...

  30. Halsey, Troye Sivan & Chris Stapleton Are 2018's First 'Saturday Night Live' Performances

    January 11, 2018 8:25 PM EST Saturday Night Live  is back for its 2018 season and released its star-studded musical performances for the first few episodes, recruiting the talents of Halsey , Troye Sivan and Chris Stapleton . First up, Halsey is performing on the Sam Rockwell ...

  31. John Fogerty Strikes Out at New Taraji P. Henson Film, 'Proud Mary' for Using His Classic Song Title

    January 11, 2018 7:40 PM EST "This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song. They simply picked the title and wrote a completely fictitious story around it." Proud Mary, which features “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson as a hit woman, opens in theaters Friday and it ...

  32. SZA, Nick Jonas, Mary J. Blige & Miguel Among First-Time Guild of Music Supervisors Nominees: See the List

    January 11, 2018 3:13 PM EST Mary J. Blige , Nick Jonas , Miguel , SZA and Julia Michaels are among the first-time nominees announced on Thursday (Jan. 11) for the eighth annual Guild of Music Supervisors' GMS Awards. The awards, which will be held on Feb. 8 at The Theat ...

  33. Sam Smith's 'Palace' Hits No. 1 on Top TV Commercials Chart for December

    January 11, 2018 10:17 AM EST Apple iPhone X commercial is the tech giant's sixth No. 1 ad on the tally. Sam Smith ’s “Palace” rises 4-1 on  Billboard  & Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart, powered by Shazam, for December, thanks to the song’s appearance in Apple iPhone ...

  34. James Franco Accused of Sexual Misconduct by 5 Women

    January 11, 2018 10:12 AM EST The claims come after several women first accused the "Disaster Artist" star of sexual misconduct on Twitter amid his Golden Globes win; his lawyer disputes the allegations. Five women have accused actor James Franco of sexually inapprop ...

  35. Selena Quintanilla-Inspired Latino Family Drama Coming to ABC

    January 11, 2018 9:06 AM EST It's no secret: there's a lack of mainstream, English-language television that depicts the beauty and complexities that come with being raised Latino in modern-day USA. A  Selena Quintanilla -inspired ABC family drama is here to change t ...

  36. How Sufjan Stevens' Music Became a 'Sort of Narrator' for 'Call Me by Your Name'

    January 10, 2018 8:27 PM EST “His voice is so angelic,” Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino says of singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens , whose music acts as a “sort of narrator” to the romantic coming-of-age drama. Billboard recently chatted with Guadagnino about the ...

  37. UTA Names Agent Blair Kohan to Board of Directors

    January 10, 2018 3:46 PM EST Kohan has been partner at UTA since 2004. United Talent Agency announced on Wednesday (Jan. 10) that longtime partner and senior entertainment industry agent Blair Kohan has been named to its Board of Directors.   "One of the industry’s most ...

  38. How Hit Songs in Commercials Might Be Making You Shop More

    January 10, 2018 2:15 PM EST is that?" Colin Stutz TV / Film Branding Branding bbbiz ...

  39. Uber Partners With Three Nominees for Best New Artist Grammy

    January 10, 2018 10:44 AM EST Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert and Julia Michaels will star in awards night commercial campaign. As the official rideshare partner of the 2018 Grammy Awards, Uber has announced plans to partner with three of the nominees for the ​Best ​N​ew ​Artist award -​ ...

  40. Scott Borchetta's New Singing Competition Series Is Designed to 'Launch' Careers Overnight

    January 09, 2018 6:17 PM EST 'The Launch' premieres Wednesday night on CTV and plans to take full advantage of its partnership with Canadian mass media giant Bell Media. Five up-and-coming artists, one song, 48 hours, a state-of-the-art on-set recording studio and p ...

  41. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron & Zendaya Hit Hot 100 With Songs From 'The Greatest Showman'

    January 09, 2018 1:08 PM EST Jackman scores his first Hot 100 entry, while Efron returns after nine years. A dose of Hollywood star power infuses the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as Hugh Jackman makes his first visit to the chart. Plus, Zac Efron charts his first Hot 100 entr ...

  42. Jimmy Fallon Sets Star-Studded Lineup for Live Post-Super Bowl 'Tonight Show': Dwayne Johnson, Justin Timberlake & More

    January 09, 2018 11:59 AM EST The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will host a star-studded roster for its live post-Super Bowl telecast. The guests will include  Dwayne Johnson , Justin Timberlake  and the stars of NBC’s This Is Us --   Mandy Moore , Chrissy Metz, Justin Ha ...

  43. Louis C.K. Animated Comedy 'The Cops' Scrapped at TBS in Latest Harassment Fallout

    January 09, 2018 10:17 AM EST The Turner-owned cable network had suspended production on the 10-episode series. TBS has cut all ties with disgraced comedian Louis C.K. Weeks after  suspending production  on its C.K.-produced animated comedy  The Cops , the Turner-owned network ...

  44. Method Man Joins 'Shaft' Reboot

    January 08, 2018 2:43 PM EST Shaft , New Line Cinema's reboot of the 1970s blaxploitation action movie, has added Cliff “ Method Man ” Smith to its cast. Samuel L. Jackson is reprising the role he first played in the 2000 film update directed by John Singleton, while Jes ...

  45. Mormonism & LGBTQ Youth: Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds on His Documentary

    January 08, 2018 2:06 PM EST In Believer , a Sundance-bound documentary that he executive-produced, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds confronts the way Mormonism treats LGBTQ youth. What inspired this doc? We were going to make a documentary about Fremont Street in Las Ve ...

  46. Sundance 2018 Preview: From Joan Jett to Usher, The Most Anticipated Music Films

    January 08, 2018 1:00 PM EST The Sundance film festival has long showcased breakout actors and potential Academy Award contenders. But in 2018, major music artists will be driving much of the conversation at the annual film summit in Park City, Utah. “This, by far, was the ye ...

  47. 'The Greatest Showman' Songwriter Benj Pasek on Landing A No. 1 Album and Co-Writing Golden Globe Winner 'This Is Me'

    January 08, 2018 12:30 PM EST By their own admission, it’s been a crazy several months for La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who captured the best original song Golden Globe Sunday night for “This Is Me,” from The Greatest Showman. On Sund ...

  48. Australian TV, Stage Star Craig McLachlan Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations

    January 08, 2018 11:57 AM EST Complaints by two female co-stars in a stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show" are being investigated by local police. Former  Neighbours  star Craig McLachlan has been forced to stand aside from his role as Frank N Furter in an Aust ...

  49. 'Fifty Shades Freed' Track List: Sia, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld & More

    January 08, 2018 11:30 AM EST Songs featuring  Sia , Ellie Goulding , Hailee Steinfeld , Miike Snow and others will appear on the official soundtrack for Fifty Shades Freed , the track list for which has just dropped.  The 22-song compilation includes “Capital Letters” by Hail ...

  50. Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein on Life After 'Portlandia': 'There's Always a Connection Between Us'

    January 08, 2018 10:24 AM EST "We believe in a beginning, middle and ending,” says Fred Armisen. He’s explaining the decision to pull the plug on Portlandia , the critically acclaimed sketch-comedy series he created with Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein and Tim ...

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