1. Taylor Swift, Longtime Publicist Split

    March 07, 2014 11:30 AM EST Taylor Swift and her publicist of nearly seven years are parting ways, Billboard has learned. Paula Erickson, whose Nashville-based Erickson Public Relations has handled the singer's press since 2007, informed the Swift management team that she is resigning come mid-March. According to a…

  2. Hunter Hayes Partners With ConAgra Foods, P&G to Fight Child Hunger

    March 03, 2014 3:50 PM EST Hunter Hayes, ConAgra Foods, and P&G announced a partnership today that will help raise awareness of the issue of child hunger. On specifically marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products, one can find an eight-digit code. For each code entered Child Hunger Ends Here's website or…

  3. Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' Hits 1 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:00 PM EST The album is the first debut by a woman to sell a million copies since 2011 Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album has crossed the 1 million sales mark, becoming the first debut set to do so since last October. The set rises 7-6 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, selling another 30…

  4. Sara Bareilles Hires Bruno Mars' Manager

    February 25, 2014 10:52 PM EST Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has found herself a new manager in Brandon Creed, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Creed, via his own The Creed Co., handles the careers of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, along with award-winning songwriting-production collective The Smeezingtons and the…

  5. Pharrell, 'G I R L': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 7:46 PM EST It’s hard not to feel happy for Pharrell Williams. The eternally boyish producer, 40, is currently enjoying a career renaissance on the level of Mariah Carey in 2005 or Bryan Cranston in 2008, emerging after a presumed definitive career arc to star in a dazzling second act. If he had…

  6. Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' Tracklist Includes Justin Timberlake, Miley, Daft Punk: Report

    February 21, 2014 1:07 PM EST Pharrell Williams' soon-to-arrive solo album "G I R L" will include "Happy," his No. 2 hit on the Hot 100 chart -- that much, we know for sure. However, a leaked track list suggests that the album will include new collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus,…

  7. Pussy Riot Members Whipped By Police Near Sochi Olympics: Video

    February 19, 2014 12:31 PM EST Cossack militia attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with whips and removed members' trademark ski masks in the Olympic host city on Wednesday (Feb. 19). The group had gathered in a downtown Sochi restaurant, about 30 kilometres from where the Winter Olympics are being held. They ran out…

  8. Pussy Riot Members Released From Custody in Sochi

    February 18, 2014 11:49 PM EST Meanwhile, a prison official is suing Tolokonnikova for libel; she stated that he "basically rules the prison" Sochi police have released ex-Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were detained earlier today and questioned about a robbery. This wasn'…

  9. 10 Designer Fashion Week Looks for Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Rihanna & More

    February 15, 2014 10:00 AM EST With Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week wrapped up, The Hook explores the best fashions of the season and compiled a list of the 10 hottest styles from the NYFW runways and who we think should rock them. Miley Cyrus in DEGEN Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show knitwear designer Lindsay Degen knows…

  10. Shakira's Valentine's Gift? Sexy Album Art

    February 14, 2014 8:33 PM EST Shakira has given her fans a Valentine's gift of her own by revealing some skin in the new artwork of her upcoming self-titled album, posing straight into the camera in black lingerie-like garb, while holding a guitar. The Colombian songstress, who on Twitter alone has nearly 24 million…

  11. The Blonds Debut Funky Looks at New York Fashion Week: Watch the Behind-Scenes Video

    February 13, 2014 2:55 PM EST The Blonds’ Fall 2014 show last night (Feb 12) at Milk Studios was one of the last and most exciting shows of the season. It sought inspiration from the sexy comic book character Catwoman, churning out kitty-themed, blinged-out bustiers and mirrored cat accessories. “This is a collection we…

  12. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  13. Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes Show Grammy Growth On Country Charts

    February 06, 2014 4:05 PM EST The singers translate Grammy Awards exposure into sizable chart gains. Plus, moves for Eric Church, Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan The first complete airplay/streaming/sales tracking week following the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards yields noteworthy results for Kacey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes. Musgraves&…

  14. Grammy Awards Rock Charts, Daft Punk Returns to Top 10 on Billboard 200

    February 05, 2014 11:06 AM EST Now that a full week has passed since the Grammy Awards, the Billboard charts are properly rocked by the show and its many winners and performers. (The latest Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking week ended on February 2. It captures the first seven days after the Grammys, which aired on CBS…

  15. Sasquatch! Music Festival: Outkast, Soundgarden, Robyn Top Separate Lineups

    February 04, 2014 10:36 AM EST Washington state festival now taking place on Memorial Day weekend and Fourth Of July weekend. The Sasquatch! Music Festival, located at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash., is expanding to two patriotic weekends in 2014, with completely unique lineups for its standard Memorial Day weekend and new…

  16. Chart Highlights: Passenger Rides To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Let Her Go'

    February 03, 2014 6:30 PM EST The song tops another chart, months after breaking through in the U.K. Plus, new No. 1s for John Legend, Lorde, Luke Bryan and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  17. Rutgers Offering 'Politicizing Beyonce' Course

    January 30, 2014 7:57 PM EST Beyonce is one of the world's most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia. The Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called "Politicizing Beyonce." Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the…

  18. Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift Ride GRAMMY Wave On Country Charts

    January 30, 2014 4:45 PM EST The singers soar, with more gains expected on next week's charts. Plus, moves for Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and David Nail Hunter Hayes claims his highest-ever debut ranks on Billboard's Hot Country Songs (No. 23) and Country Digital Songs charts (No. 7) with "Invisible,…

  19. Beyonce’s Stylist Ty Hunter Talks GRAMMY Looks, Reveals Her Favorite Fashion Item

    January 28, 2014 6:30 PM EST Aside from Pharrell’s Vivienne Westwood hat, all eyes were on Beyonce at the 2014 Grammy Awards. From Her ultra sexy La Perla Spring 2013 performance number to her white sheer Michael Costello fishnet gown, Bey stole the show. That sexy wet performance will not soon be forgot. Those moves…

  20. Meet Pawws, A Former Backing Musician Making Gorgeous Pop Music On Her Own

    January 27, 2014 4:17 PM EST The classically trained flute player has impressed the blogosphere with affable pop tunes. Last July, Lucy Taylor -- the U.K. singer-songwriter who plays under the name Pawws -- played a show at Birthdays, a 250-capacity venue in east London that opened in May 2012. At that point, Taylor had…

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