Ferguson Protests, 2014.

Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice.
Simon Cowell

Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

The "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in what will be its 11th season.
Smokey Robinson for "Smokey & Friends"

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1, giving the hip-hop star his first chart leader after two previous No. 2-peaking sets. Blacc Hollywood sold 90,000 copies in its first week (ending Aug. 24), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was well ahead of the No. 2 title, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which fell from the top slot.

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