Actress Evan Rachel Wood credits late singer David Bowie with saving her life.
The bisexual star was lucky enough to meet the British legend when she was 15-years-old, and while she was so starstruck she can barely remember what happened, she insists the rocker was crucial in helping her accept her sexuality and who she really was.
"I met Bowie when I was 15 backstage at his Reality tour and blacked out completely," she recalled to Billboard. "I have no memory of the encounter except just looking into his different-coloured eyes.
"He saved my life. You couldn't define him, and when I was growing up, that’s how I felt about myself. I've struggled with gender norms my whole life, always feeling like I wasn't black-and-white; I was in this grey area, and grey areas really scare people because you can't define them."
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Dinah-Jane Hansen , 5th Harmony - Celebrities arrive to the 2016 Billboard Music Awards afterparty held at Drai's Nightclub inside The Cromwell Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas at Billboard Music Awards - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 23rd May 2016
Pop star Ariana Grande is determined to fight for naked equality until she's in her 90s.
The singer insists women should be able to bear their boobs without reprisals, just like hunks who go topless, and she's determined to test fans and critics alike until her dying day.
In a defiant new Billboard magazine interview, the star says, "If you're going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration.
"I will say it until I'm an old-a** lady with my t**s out at Whole Foods (grocery store). I'll be in the produce aisle, naked at 95, with a sensible ponytail, one strand of hair left on my head and a Chanel bow. Mark my words. See you there with my 95 dogs."
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Britney Spears is set to be honoured with a Billboard Millennium Award.
According to USA Today, the pop star will be presented with the respected award at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards show being held later this month (May16).
The Billboard Millennium Award acknowledges outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry. To date, there have only been two recipients of this award; Beyonce Knowles received the honour in 2011, and it was bestowed posthumously to Whitney Houston in 2012.
At the Billboard Music Awards show, which will be hosted by rapper and actor Ludacris and singer Ciara, mother-of-two Britney is also expected to surprise fans with a medley of her greatest hits.
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Grammy Award-winning producer Jimmy Jam is hoping he'll get the keys to late singer Prince's vault, so he can take charge of the Purple Rain hitmaker's thousands of unreleased songs.
Jimmy, who grew up with the music icon in Minnesota, once played in singer's band, but he and sidekick Terry Lewis were fired when Prince discovered they were moonlighting with the SOS Band.
Jam tells Access Hollywood Live he had not spoken to his old friend for months before his sudden death on Thursday (21Apr16), but he does recall a conversation they had about Prince's fabled Paisley Park vault - where the prolific musician kept all his song ideas and unreleased recordings.
"The vaults are amazing," Jimmy says. (There's) probably thousands (of recorded songs).
Daniel Day-Lewis' son Gabriel-Kane has abandoned his dreams to become a rapper and has developed a soulful new sound.
The model and musician, 20, hit headlines in the past year with his hip-hop sound, but his new single True suggests Gabriel-Kane has a soul side.
"True is about self discovery and learning," he told Billboard. "(The song is) about how I've learned to let go of my hardships and some of the resentments I used to have. Writing it was extremely therapeutic and it allowed me to move forward in my life."
And the young star admits he's coming to terms with being the son of famous parents - Day Lewis and French actress Isabelle Adjani - after previously rapping, "Call me Gabe Day and not Gabe Day-Lewis, because if you're trying to call me out, I'm 'bout to Gabe Day-Lose-It!"
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Singer Halsey has confessed to attempting suicide as she battled bipolar disorder when she was a teenager.
The Ghost singer, 21, has become one of music's breakout stars over the past year. But in a new interview with Billboard, she opened up about the day she almost ended her life long before making it big.
Halsey revealed she felt greatly misunderstood while attending high school in New Jersey, and believe she was an outcast due to her tattoos and half-shaved hairstyle.
During her senior year, the singer was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and admitted to a psychiatric hospital after a failed suicide attempt.
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Kesha's mother has detailed producer Dr. Luke's alleged cycle of abuse towards the singer in an explosive new magazine interview.
The Tik Tok star has accused the hitmaker of sexually, verbally and emotionally abusing her over a series of years - claims Luke denies - and now her mum Pebe Sebert has opened up about her daughter's hell in a new Billboard expose.
"She was a prisoner," she tells Billboard. "It was like someone who beats you every day and hangs you from a chain and then comes in and gives you a piece of bread.
"Luke would say, 'You look nice today', and send her (Kesha) into hysterics of happiness because she was programmed to expect nothing but abuse.
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Singer Alicia Keys' longtime sidekick has become the star's new manager.
The multi-Grammy Award winner has hired Erika Rose to take on her business affairs after ending her links to Maverick and music mogul Guy Oseary, who has managed her since 2014.
Erika started out as Alicia's road manager before becoming an integral part of the singer's creative and business projects, handling her album launches and tours, as well as movie and charity projects.
She became the artist's official co-manager in 2010 when the New Yorker signed with Red Light Management.
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Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi was honoured with the President's Award at the 2016 Latin Music Awards on Wednesday (02Mar16).
The singer/songwriter was selected for the coveted prize for her contribution to the entertainment industry and Latin Pop, and she performed a medley of her hits to celebrate the honour.
Before the ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, she told Billboard.com she could not take credit for the songs she writes.
“Honestly, what I write, it’s not mine," she says. "I feel it’s dictated to me from the heavens. Seriously. I think our inspiration comes from God. Because in real life I’m nowhere near as beautiful or eloquent as my songs.”
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A row over social media posts made about Kesha by the organiser of a music festival in Toronto, Canada has led to the event's cancellation.
Anthony Dell'Orso, a co-founder of the city's Hi-Fi Musical Adventure, attacked the Tik Tok singer amid her ongoing sexual abuse legal battle with mentor and producer Dr. Luke, calling her a "talentless hack with a penchant for drama" on his Facebook.com page.
His remarks upset female artists scheduled to perform at the festival later this month (Mar16), and now his fellow Hi-Fi Musical Adventure organiser, Amanda Langton, has scrapped the event, telling Billboard.com, "I've dismantled Hi-Fi - I feel it's for the best."
Dell'Orso has also issued a statement to the publication, apologising for his comments and the row which led to the axing of the event.
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