1. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  2. Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT For many, the idea of a “classic” Dave Matthews Band album is laughable, if not perverse. That goes for fans and non-fans alike. On one side, you’ve got hardcore Daveheads, who generally prefer stretched-out, heavily improvised live versions of songs to their more compact studio…

  3. 'Whiplash': J.K. Simmons, Damien Chazelle on Whether Torment Leads to Talent

    September 27, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them," J.K. Simmons tells Miles Teller at one point in Whiplash , the film festival favorite that follows aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman who is berated by his performing arts professor, Terence Fletcher. But even if…

  4. Ludacris, Georgia Gov. Share an Unlikely Stage at School Near Atlanta

    September 27, 2014 10:38 AM EDT A campaign event without political chatter seems about as likely as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and rapper Ludacris sharing a stage. But both happened Friday (Sept. 26) at a charter school outside Atlanta, where the unlikely campaign trail duo was a hit with a cheering crowd of more than 200.…

  5. DJ Khaled Sues Former Record Label Over Unpaid Royalties

    September 26, 2014 11:08 PM EDT   DJ Khaled , via his DJ Khaled Productions, Inc., has filed a lawsuit against his former record label Entertainment One, also known as eOne, alleging breach of contract, accounting and unjust enrichment. Khaled is accusing eOne of failure to properly account and pay record and mechanical…

  6. Girls' Generation-TTS Earns 2nd Consecutive No. 1 on World Albums Chart

    September 26, 2014 8:00 PM EDT The trio is the third Korean act -- and the first female one -- to earn multiple chart-toppers on World Albums. Nearly two and a half years after topping the World Albums chart with their debut EP,  Girls' Generation-TTS  return to No. 1 with their Holler: The 2nd Mini Album  EP. The…

  7. It's a Three-Way Race for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 26, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Kenny Chesney, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are battling for No. 1 Two days ago, on Sept. 24, it seemed like Kenny Chesney 's new The Big Revival album was likely heading for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. But now, he's in a dead heat with…

  8. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  9. Austin Mahone & Hailee Steinfeld 'Got Hiiiiiiits'

    September 26, 2014 5:42 PM EDT According to an Instagram post, Austin Mahone is hanging out in the studio with Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld . Mahone recently came in sixth on Billboard's 21 Under 21 list . Steinfeld made a name for herself in 2010 with her critically acclaimed and awards-nominated…

  10. From Kendrick Lamar to Garth Brooks, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 26, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar "I" Interscope/TDE Kendrick Lamar conquered rap with his eye-to-mouth rhymes during the past two years, documenting his Compton, Calif., streets on the impervious Good Kid, M.a.a.d City . The grim extrospection persists on "I," the first peek at his…

  11. One Direction Returns To No. 1 on Hot Tours

    September 26, 2014 5:11 PM EDT One Direction marks its seventh overall week at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Tours ranking thanks to the latest reported figures ($12.9 million in sales) from three stadium performances. Fans packed the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Sept. 16, and sellout crowds…

  12. Alesso Advances, Cash Cash Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 26, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Alesso accelerates on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Heroes (We Could Be)" (27-13), taking Digital Gainer honors. The track also enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (No. 9) with 16,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as well as Dance/Mix Show…

  13. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  14. Jozif, 'Good Man' (Matt Tolfrey Remix): Exclusive Premiere

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Los Angeles imprint Culprit is celebrating its fifth anniversary in style. Originally formed by members of L.A. DJ collective Droog , Culprit’s diverse blend of international stars like Jamie Jones and homegrown talent like Justin Jay have helped it emerge as a credible West Coast voice in…

  15. Global Citizen Festival's Co-Founder Explains Its Birth & Mission

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Prior to the launch of the Global Citizen Festival in 2012, co-founder Ryan Gall spent his time filming documentaries and hosting small charity events. Now he’s now helping organize one of the world’s largest single-day charity concerts, thanks to an inspirational moment during a Texas…

  16. 'X' Marks the No. 1 Spot: Chris Brown Rules Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Chris Brown 's X scores the singer his fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums , entering with 145,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sales sum is his best debut sales week since F.A.M.E arrived at No. 1 with 270,000 units in 2011. Chris Brown Bound to the Top of Artist…

  17. Kendrick Lamar, One Direction Highlight Social Chart Action

    September 26, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar reaps chart rewards after the title of his first single since 2012's Good Kid, M.A.A.d City was leaked online Sept. 17. Entitled “i,” the track's artwork soon appeared and the online conversation around the song's expected debut the following week immediately…

  18. 'Motown 25' Comes To DVD: See Exclusive Clips From The Box Set

    September 26, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The mantra for bringing 1983's iconic Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever NBC special to DVD is: better (a little bit) late than never. Yes, 30 years would have been the optimal target for the StarVista Entertainment/Time Life set, which comes out Sept. 30 in a single-disc package, a…

  19. Five Questions with BitTorrent's Chief Content Guy About Thom Yorke's Surprise Record

    September 26, 2014 1:41 PM EDT About two hours ago at the time of this writing, BitTorrent and Thom Yorke foisted a surprise upon us in the form of a new solo record,  Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (which has been downloaded 34,800 times in that period), from the ever-shimmying (in our minds, at least) musician. The…

  20. Britney Spears Plans to Send Kate Middleton Her Lingerie Line

    September 26, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Britney Spears ' latest prerogotive? Making sure Kate Middleton receives her entire lingerie line. The singer is in London promoting her Intimate Britney Spears collection, and when asked about her dream consumer, Spears went with the same woman that nearly every designer envisions.  …

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