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 summe ...

  2. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were ...

  3. Ray J Gets 3 Charges Dismissed in Plea Deal

    August 28, 2014 4:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer pleads no contest to one remaining charge of misdemeanor trespassing in May incident. Ray J has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor trespassing following  an incident in May  at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The other charges for sexual battery, ...

  4. Ray J Takes Photos With LAPD Officers After Being Pulled Over in Bentley

    August 10, 2014 12:24 PM EDT The Los Angeles Police Department is reportedly investigating a recent incident between Ray J and police officers who took photos with the singer after pulling him over in his Bentley. Ray J tells TMZ that he was stopped in the San Fernando Valley ...

  5. Ray J Arrested at Beverly Hills Hotel

    May 31, 2014 2:04 PM EDT Ray J was arrested at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel during a Friday evening incident that ended with the singer allegedly smashing the side window of a police vehicle with his foot, authorities stated. The 33-year-old entertainer, whose real name is R ...

  6. Ray J Recruits Kim Kardashian Look-Alike For 'I Hit It First' Video: Watch

    April 29, 2013 12:01 PM EDT Ray J, who's more (in)famous for his 2007 sex tape with ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian than for his recording career, has a charming message for Kardashian's partner Kanye West: "I Hit It First." The song's accompanying musi ...

  7. Ray J Snipes at Kanye West, Kim Kardashian with 'I Hit It First' Song: Listen

    April 05, 2013 7:08 PM EDT The track, due April 9, arrives years after Ray J's infamous sex tape with the reality star. Update: Check out Ray J's anticipated diss song, "I Hit It First," below. The Nic-Nac produced track, featuring Bobby Brackins, is ...

  8. Ray J

    Ray J

    9 Albums, 3 Songs

  9. Allow Brandy To Reintroduce Herself

    October 15, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Singer returns with new deal and first solo album in four years. After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran' ...

  10. Brandy & Reps Talk 'Two Eleven' Album & Four-Year Hiatus

    October 12, 2012 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy Norwood is making a return to her R&B roots on the m ...

  11. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  12. Steve Rifkind, Chairman/CEO of SRC Records, Leaving Universal

    July 31, 2012 8:56 AM EDT All great things come to a end. Yes it's true I'm leaving SRC Universal as of Sept 1. Want to thank all the artist 4 a great run - Steve Rifkind (@steverifkind) July 30, 2012 Steve Rifkind, Chairman and CEO of SRC Records, is leaving SRC ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Partners With Cutcraft, YouTube Signs Up More Publishers

    June 05, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Imagem Links With Cutcraft Music Group Imagem Music USA has signed a joint venture with the Cutcraft Music Group, which in turn has signed publishing deals with upcoming artists Chet Faker and V, also known as Veronica Bozeman, and writer/producer ...

  14. BBMAs Raise The Stakes In Vegas

    May 23, 2012 10:35 PM EDT 0 0 Backstage, young performers mixed with legends, paying tribute and trading knowledge. Onstage, it was no different: From LMFAO's fever-pitched opening hits medley - and strip tease - to Stevie Wonder's rousing show-closer "Superstition, ...

  15. Ray J Hospitalized for Exhaustion

    May 22, 2012 8:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B singer Ray J has been hospitalized near Las Vegas for exhaustion. Ray J's representative said in a statement Tuesday that the singer went to the hospital Monday and "will remain there for treatment for exhaustion and jet lag." ...

  16. Backbeat: Billboard Music Awards' Raging Afterparty, With Stevie Wonder, Jordin Sparks, Wiz Khalifa, Far East Movement, More

    May 21, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa hanging out with BBMA co-executive producer Richard Beckman at the Billboard Music Awards after-party. (Photo: Jem Aswad) For many decades, Billboard has been known for its sober and succinct analysis of the music business and its rela ...

  17. Whitney Houston Funeral: Family, Friends, Fans Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:49 PM EST Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Sa ...

  18. Whitney Houston Funeral: Broken Hearts Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Satu ...

  19. Web Trends: Whitney's Funeral

    February 17, 2012 4:20 PM EST Google Trends: 
 7. whitney houston funeral Whitney Houston's funeral arrangements have been announced and will include contributions from Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin and more. 14. ray j Whitney Houston ...

  20. Glen Campbell, Diana Ross, George Jones, Allman Brothers, More Honored at Grammy Special Merit Awards

    February 12, 2012 5:30 PM EST Lifetime Achievement Award winners (from left) George Jones, Gregg Allman, Diana Ross and Glen Campbell at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Special Merit Awards Ceremony at L.A.'s Wilshire Ebell Theatre. (Photo: WireImage) LOS ANGELES -- Glen ...

  21. Updated: Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives, Including Beyonce, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dozens More

    February 12, 2012 2:47 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death rapidly spread around the globe, Twitter, the Internet and our inboxes filled with tributes, and Billboard.biz has spoken with dozens of people at many pre-Grammy events. Any attempt at a definitive list of ...

  22. Ray J, Brandy Attend Ne-Yo's Annual Grammy Brunch; Celebs Talk Whitney Houston

    February 12, 2012 2:45 PM EST 0 0 0 News of Whitney Houston 's death broke just hours before Ne-Yo 's fourth annual Midnight Brunch at the Supper Club in Hollywood, Calif. on Saturday night, so needless to say a somber mood was cast over the event. Remembering Whitney SLIDES ...

  23. Whitney Houston Remembered by Ne-Yo, Will.I.Am, More at Grammy Midnight Brunch

    February 12, 2012 12:42 PM EST Ne-Yo, with girlfriend Monyetta, at his fourth annual Midnight Brunch at Hollywood's Supper Club. (Photo: Arnold Turner) News of Whitney Houston's death broke just hours before Ne-Yo's fourth annual Midnight Brunch at the Supper Clu ...

  24. Web Trends: Watch Demi Lovato Cover Lil Wayne's 'How to Love'

    September 19, 2011 5:53 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. No new music-related trends at this time. Twitter Music Trend: 1. #thingstougherthanrayj viral trend in response to Ray J's alleged scuffle with Fabolous in Las Vegas. 2. #PeopleTougherThanRayJ see above 3. #Ray-J see above ...

  25. Ray J 'Socked' Fabolous After Mayweather Fight: Report

    September 19, 2011 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 According to Ray J , Floyd Mayweather wasn't the only one who threw a shot to the face this past weekend in Vegas. This morning (Sept. 19), Ray J called Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club to share details of an altercation that allegedly occ ...

  26. Ray J: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 1:03 PM EST 0 0 0 Ray J "Raydiation 2 (R2)" February/March Ray J's latest single, "Last Wish," signals what's in store for "Raydiation 2": classic R&B. Rodney Jerkins produced the slow jam, along with the rest of the album, ...

  27. Billboard Bits: Selena Gomez's Twitter Account Hacked, Aventura's Romeo Signs Solo Deal

    January 12, 2011 6:11 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Selena Gomez's Twitter Account Hacked Online followers of Selena Gomez may have noticed some surprising updates this morning from the pop singer. Gomez's Twitte ...

  28. Brandy, Ray J Sing With Parents on New Song

    November 26, 2010 12:15 PM EST 0 0 0 In anticipation of the new season of their hit VH1 reality show, sibling R&B singers Brandy and Ray J have released a new song that features vocals from their parents, Willie and Sonja Norwood. Marking the first time all four family members have ...

  29. Ray J's Five Favorite Sci-Fi Movies

    November 08, 2010 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Ray J's Five Favorite Sci-Fi Movies Chart Article Ray J is currently prepping the release of "Raydiation 2 (R2)," which will hit retailers in early 2011. The disc marks the singer's attempt to step away from the club and give his ...

  30. Gucci Mane's 'The Appeal' Gets Sept. 28 Release Date

    September 13, 2010 2:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Gucci Mane 's major label sophomore album album, "The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted," has finally gotten a release date: Sept. 28. The set will be available through 1017/Bricksquad/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records and features guest a ...

  31. Lil Wayne, Will.i.am Win BMI Urban Awards

    September 11, 2010 9:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the second consecutive year, Lil Wayne was named urban songwriter of the year at Friday's (Sept. 10) BMI Urban Awards. Earning kudos as urban producer of the year was Polow da Don. And the Black Eyed Peas -- whose frontman will.i.am was als ...

  32. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 2:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's Ham ...

  33. Beyonce, New Edition, Maxwell To Perform Michael Jackson Songs On BET Awards Tribute

    June 28, 2009 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bobby Brown will reunite with New Edition to perform a Jackson 5 medley at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles tonight (June 28) to open the BET Awards, part of an extended tribute to Michael Jackson. Other performers scheduled to honor Jackson wit ...

  34. Chart Beat: Lady GaGa, "Now 30", Taylor Swift

    April 02, 2009 12:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from ...

  35. R&B Briefs: Ray J, Essence Music Festival

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Ray J’s Knockout Entertainment and E1 Music (formerly Koch Records) have joined forces on a soundtrack album for the singer’s VH1 reality show, “For the Love of Ray J.” The show’s theme song, “Sexy Ladies,” doubles as the first single from the CD ...

  36. Billboard Bits: Brandy/Ray J, Paisley/Underwood

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brandy announced today (Oct. 2) on New York radio station Hot 97 (WQHT) that she is planning on partnering with her brother Ray J for a collaborative album tentatively titled "R&B." Brandy announced today (Oct. 2) on New York radio sta ...

  37. Sans Michael, Jacksons Reunite At BMI Awards

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Jacksons were crowned icons at the BMI Urban Awards last night (Sept. 4) in Los Angeles, but the King of Pop was an absentee. The Jacksons were crowned icons at the BMI Urban Awards last night (Sept. 4) in Los Angeles, but the King of Pop was an ...

  38. Bringing Sexy Back

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On the back of "Sexy Can I," his top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit with Ray J, Chicago rapper Yung Berg has a burgeoning single of his own, "The Business," and a new album, "Look What You Made Me," hitting On the back of &qu ...

  39. Lil Wayne Continues Hot 100 Dominance

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With his new album "Tha Carter III" poised to debut next week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, Lil Wayne begins a fifth week atop the Hot 100 with "Lollipop" featuring Static Major. Five songs from "Tha With his new album &quo ...

  40. Lil Wayne Fends Off Coldplay, Perry On Hot 100

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With his long-delayed new album "Tha Carter III" finally due out next week, Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" begins a fourth frame at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. But there's strong competition from Coldplay With his long-dela ...

  41. Kanye, Wayne Star; Rihanna A No-Show At Summer Jam

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain starred, while LL Cool J, Wu Tang Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man and DJ Khaled made surprise appearances yesterday (June 1) at New Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain sta ...

  42. Lil Wayne Tops Hot 100 Amid 'Idol' Infusion

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne is No. 1 for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Lollipop," amid the debut of 14 tracks from "American Idol" contestants David Cook (11) and David Archuleta (three). As previously re Lil Wayne is No. 1 for a thi ...

  43. Lil Wayne's 'Lollipop' Returns To Hot 100 Peak

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After a three-week break, Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" featuring Static Major returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It's the longest chart-topping hiatus since Usher's "U Got It Bad" went fou After a three ...

  44. Ask Billboard

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Keith answers readers' questions on Tori Amos, Def Leppard and Britney Spears. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . HOW SPECIAL ARE THEY? Keith, My question conce ...

  45. Rihanna Overtakes Leona Lewis On Hot 100

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As tipped here yesterday, Rihanna's "Take a Bow" makes a near-record-breaking jump on the Hot 100 this week to overtake Leona Lewis' four-week No. 1, "Bleeding Love." "Take a Bow" soars 53-1 thanks to As tippe ...

  46. Leona Lewis Holds Onto Hot 100 No. 1

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" keeps the lead on The Billboard Hot 100 as the track holds tight at No. 1 for a fourth non-consecutive week. Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" keeps the lead on the Billboard Hot 100 as the track ...

  47. Leona Lewis Regains No. 1 On Hot 100

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With help from "American Idol," Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" is back in the No. 1 spot on The Billboard Hot 100. Moving 2-1, the track replaces Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" featuring Static Major, which fli With hel ...

  48. Lil Wayne Scores First Hot 100 Chart-Topper

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Lil Wayne scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Lollipop," which jumps from No. 2 with the help of 183,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rapper Lil Wayne scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard ...

  49. Chart Beat

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Leona Lewis, Ray J, Annie Lennox and more! SPIRITUAL: Leona Lewis' "Spirit" (SyCo/J) floats onto The Billboard 200 at No. 1, the first debut album by a solo British-born artist to enter the chart in pole position. Lewis ...

  50. Chart Shakers

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Leona Lewis, Daughtry and Tim McGraw lead the list of the Hot Shot Debuts, Pacesetters and Greatest Gainers on this week's Billboard charts. Hot Shot Debuts: Leona Lewis sets a new chart record as she takes Hot Shot Debut honors on The Billboar ...

Pages