MTV’s Behind the Music

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MTV’s Behind the Music is back! The groundbreaking music documentary series returns with the best of the vault, updated and remastered for audio. Each episode profiles one of music’s most influential icons from 50 Cent to AC/DC, Courtney Love to Madonna, and more. Experience their unfiltered journeys to success and their personal stories of hardships and triumphs in this audio companion to the Paramount+ Behind the Music series.

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Hear the story behind Angus Young's schoolboy uniform and how AC/DC managed to take their raucous act out of Australia to become a worldwide phenomenon. In emotional interviews, the rockers talk about the death of former frontman Bon Scott and how -- in a twist of fate -- their first album without him would be one of the top 10 best selling in history. Despite enduring attacks by critics and censors, being linked to serial killer Richard Ramirez, and personal addictions, AC/DC just keeps on rocking. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 23, 2021
Coming Soon: Rock and Roll
Starting September 23, go behind the music of some the most powerhouse rockers in the industry. AC/DC, Guns ‘N Roses, and Adam Lambert share their journeys to success and their personal stories of hardships and triumphs along the way in MTV’s Behind the Music podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 16, 2021
Toni Braxton
Faced with health issues, financial distress, and familial tensions, R&B icon Toni Braxton’s story is a powerful one. Her career began with an impossible choice: stay with the family’s band, The Braxtons, or accept a solo record deal. She went solo and found great success, selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of copies of her runaway hit, Unbreak My Heart...that never hit her pockets. Encountering more personal and financial losses, Toni nearly worked herself to death. Despite the roller coaster career journey, managing her diagnosis with lupus and her son’s autism, she pulled through and reclaimed her rightful spot on the charts. Listen in for exclusive interviews to learn how the queen of R&B did it all behind the music. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 09, 2021
Her desire to "rule the world" drew the dancer and fledgling musician from Detroit to New York's East Village where Madonna became a fixture on the early '80s punk scene. She turned heads with a sexy ragamuffin look that would eventually spawn a world of wannabes. Always leading the pop zeitgeist, Madonna's music has evolved from dance-pop to earthy R&B to balladry to techno. From club scenester to cultural icon to mother (her most satisfying role yet), Madonna's moves are endlessly fascinating. She talks about the price of fame, the great love of her life, and the one "m" word she never wants to hear again. Hear that and more about Madonna's life behind the music.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 02, 2021
Courtney Love (Part 2)
After the death of her husband Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love struggled to cope. She faced brutal attacks from the media and those close to her. Many believed she would self-destruct in an endless cycle of drugs, criticism, and rock and roll,however, Courtney made her way back to the top. Find out how and much more in Part 2 of Courtney Love’s story behind the music. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 26, 2021
Courtney Love (Part 1)
She’s one of the most controversial, reviled and riveting rock stars in the world. After a tough upbringing, she turned her rage into a passion: rock and roll. Courtney Love quickly found success and love in the industry, but the fantasy of her star-studded life unraveled after she lost her husband, Kurt Cobain, to suicide. Courtney made a stunning turnaround, taking the music and acting world by storm. But, eventually Courtney’s demons came back to haunt her.    Hear from Courtney Love, her family, friends, and those who know her best about music, love, loss, and motherhood in Part 1 of her story behind the music. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 26, 2021
50 Cent
For Curtis Jackson III, aka 50 Cent, the road to success wasn’t easy. After losing both his father and his mother, 50 Cent hit the streets to make ends meet. Headed down the wrong road, 50 Cent gave up the hustle and chased a new dream: to become a hip hop star. His bad boy reputation preceded him and in May 2000, nine bullets nearly ended it all. But 50 persevered and came back to the game even stronger. Hear how he turned his anguish into fame and fortune, living by his own notorious words, “Get Rich or Die Trying.” Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 12, 2021
He was once a small-town choir boy. Now, Usher is one of modern pop music’s greatest artists. Usher fast tracked his way to fame with an education from one of hip hop’s most notorious producers, and with his charisma, confidence, and distinctive voice, Usher’s career skyrocketed...and so did his love life. Now, go behind the scenes, behind the backlash, and behind the music of the golden boy of R&B.   Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 05, 2021
Dr. Dre
As one of rap music’s most successful artists/producers turned record label founder and executive, Dr. Dre is arguably the best in the game. His outrageous persona helped him build an empire, but when the line between image and reality blurred, people started getting hurt. Despite the controversy, jail time, and multiple assault charges, Dre’s commercial success is unrivalled. Listen in for interviews with Dr. Dre, his family, and rap artists Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Daz and Kurupt and Jerry Heller (N.W.A. Manager) to learn the true story behind the music. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 29, 2021
Ice Cube
From founding member of the notorious rap group N.W.A. to blockbuster movie star, Ice Cube has had a legendary career, but his early days were full of tragedy and struggles. Finding refuge in music, Ice Cube and his neighborhood friends formed N.W.A. to speak out about the harsh reality of growing up in Compton. Years and many hits later, Ice Cube defied all odds and embarked on a solo career, becoming a major player in Hollywood as an actor, writer, producer, and family man. Snoop Dogg, DJ Yella, and Ice Cube himself discuss his journey to becoming a modern-day Renaissance man in this episode of Behind the Music.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 29, 2021
Introducing: MTV's Behind the Music
The groundbreaking music documentary series is back. Classic episodes of Behind the Music, now remastered for your ears. Hear the stories of music icons from 50 Cent to AC/DC, Courtney Love to Madonna, and more. New episodes starting 7/29.   Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 20, 2021