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.

Episode Date
Fat Joe
The authenticity of Fat Joe is what helped him shape the hip-hop world in the 90s. Raised in the Bronx, his personality and confidence built a monster image of rising from nothing to triumph. Even when he was surrounded by violence, drugs, and loss, he believed that the darkest moments brought him the most clarity. When faced with financial troubles, the rapper believed in himself and created the triple platinum single, “All The Way Up” with longtime collaborator Remy Ma in 2016. Fat Joe finds himself appreciative of the support from his wife and family as he continues to find success in hip-hop today. For more Fat Joe, watch Behind the Music now streaming on Paramount+. The Behind the Music podcast will be back with new episodes in 2022. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 16, 2021
New Kids On The Block
The pioneers of the original boy band are back. From the streets of Boston, New Kids On The Block (NKOTB) grew into an international phenomenon with the most dedicated fans in pop and R&B. Although they discovered their audience and won their fans over from the 80s to the 90s, fame eventually took its toll and personal struggles were exposed. Although the group disbanded in 1994, their reunion in 2008 showed that they are better together than ever. The “kids” are now adults celebrating key moments of their lives, insights of their journey, and reflecting on the men they are today. For more NKOTB, watch Behind the Music now streaming on Paramount+. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 02, 2021
Bret Michaels
Since his time with the rock band Poison, Bret Michaels has come a long way. Armed with dedication to the rock ‘n roll dream, Michaels experienced the highs and lows of rock ‘n roll success with his bandmates. During the constant high of touring and partying, the frontman battled toxicity, fighting, and substance abuse. Reflecting on the key moments of his life, Michaels also learned perseverance through collaborating with his daughter and hosting his own show, Rock of Love. To learn more about Bret Michaels, watch Behind the Music now streaming on Paramount+. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 18, 2021
Duran Duran
Duran Duran changed music when they introduced rock music onto the dance floor. As the leaders of the new romantic revolution, they did everything together and swept the 80s off their feet. The group created an innovative aesthetic that went beyond their music, from art to fashion. Fame also brought the band struggles — with alcohol, drugs, and inspiration. As the world evolved into the 90s, Duran Duran wanted to break new ground with the new decade, which brought forth their biggest hit, Ordinary World. 20 years since the airing of their last Behind The Music episode, the Fab Five look back on the past of their success and their struggles, while celebrating what the present holds.  For more Duran Duran, watch Behind the Music now streaming on Paramount+. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 04, 2021
Huey Lewis
This 80s pop-rocker is best known for his vocals on chart-topping songs like "The Power of Love" and "The Heart of Rock and Roll" by the band Huey Lewis and The News. Singer Huey Lewis entertained audiences on stage and on the big screen with cameos in films like Back To The Future, but it wasn't an easy road to stardom. Tragedy struck when Lewis was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease in 2018 that threatened his music career. Learn more about his career and continued battle with hearing loss in this episode of Behind the Music. You'll also hear special interviews with Huey's fans and friends, Jimmy Kimmel and Topher Grace. For more on Huey Lewis, watch Behind the Music now streaming on Paramount+. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 21, 2021
Adam Lambert
Glam-rock powerhouse, Adam Lambert, took pop music by storm with his handsome looks, electrifying stage theatrics and jaw-dropping vocal acrobatics. He has entertained across the stage, television and radio...and shocked the world along the way. Despite his success, Adam faced constant criticism about being too bold, too offensive and too gay. Hear interviews with family, friends, industry experts and musical luminaries including Barry Weiss and "American Idol" Season 8 winner Kris Allen. Listen in as Adam Lambert comes clean about who he really is and the obstacles he has overcome to get where he is today. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 07, 2021
Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses emerged from the thicket of the hair metal jungle on Hollywood's Sunset Strip in the mid-80s and single-handedly reinvented rock and roll with righteous riffs and a real and present element of danger. The band became notorious as members dabbled with drugs, booze and other forms of debauchery. Thanks to arena-ready anthems that enraptured teens and enraged parents, Guns N’ Roses, led by vocalist Axl Rose, quickly rose up in the charts. But, as the band’s music was climbing, their relationship was crumbling. Hear the true story of this band of rock and roll outlaws. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 30, 2021
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
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