<p>Kings of Leon</p>

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon show off their royal offspring in new 'Temple' clip

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Music video also takes viewers on Nashville tour

Kings of Leon show off a Prince and a Princess of Leon in the Nashville-based rock band’s new clip for “Temple.”

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<p>Pharrell</p>

Pharrell

What incredible feat will Pharrell's 'Happy' achieve if it wins the Oscar?

No other Oscar-winning song has done this

What neat feat could Pharrell Williams achieve if “Happy” wins the Oscar for “Despicable Me?”

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<p>Dan and Shay</p>

Dan and Shay

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Interview: Hot country newcomers Dan and Shay on T Pain and their hit single

Duo set to tour with Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton

Bandmates find each other in all kinds of ways: through mutual friends, through ads in music-oriented publications, through industry contacts…For Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, collective known as Dan and Shay, a tent brought them together.

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Rihanna's next album will be companion piece to animated film, 'Home'

She gets in bed with DreamWorks Animation for next project

Is Rihanna making a play for an Oscar? Rihanna is trading in her R-rated anthems for family fare. Her next album will be a companion piece to DreamWorks Animation’s cartoon, “Home.”

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Four things to learn from  Cassadee Pope's  'I Wish I Could Break Your Heart' video

Four things to learn from Cassadee Pope's 'I Wish I Could Break Your Heart' video

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'The Voice' winner continues to make inroads at country radio

Cassadee Pope became the first true success for “The Voice” when the Season Three winner  broke through with her single, “Wasting All These Tears,”  last year and her album, “Frame by Frame,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

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<p>Pharrell Williams and friend</p>

Pharrell Williams and friend

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Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' is the top song in the land

John Legend also has reason to be happy

Even if Pharrell Williams doesn’t walk away with an Oscar for best original song on Sunday, he can celebrate that he has lodged his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 as a lead artist.

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<p>Kiss</p>

Kiss

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10 acts who ruined their own Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

From Axl Rose to Van Halen

Kiss may be the latest band to let a long-simmering feud and hurt feelings keep them from playing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when the group is inducted April 10, but they certainly aren't the only ones. The road to the Hall is littered with acts who couldn't put their animosity on hold for one night against former bandmates or from artists who couldn't be bothered to show up for an honor they consider questionable at best and ridiculously pointless at worst.

While the vast majority of performers seem genuinely thrilled to get recognition for their life's work, here are 10 who turned their back on the evening or, for one certain group, certainly had the ceremony take a strange turn it couldn't have expected.

This year's induction ceremony takes place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and will air on HBO in May.

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<p>Dierks Bentley</p>

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley: 'I don't want to talk about fluff'

Singer/songwriter gets messy on new album 'Riser'

LOS ANGELES—On his seventh studio album, "Riser,"  out today, 11-time Grammy nominee Dierks Bentley finds himself examining the circle of life as he deals with the death of his father followed by the joy of the birth of his third child and first son. Though the album has plenty of upbeat tracks, it's the deeper cuts, like current Top 10 single, "I Hold On," the dark "Bourbon In Kentucky," and "Here on Earth" that stick to your ribs. A 40-minute documentary, "Dierks Bentley: Riser"  follows the country star's journey as he makes the album. Bentley screened the doc here Feb. 20 and HitFix spent some time with him afterward. CMT produced a 30-minute special that features much of the documentary's footage, while a deal for the full documentary to bring it to a TV outlet, such as Netflix or Hulu is being worked on.

Bentley filmed an episode of CMT's "Crossroads" with OneRepublic, which will debut in mid-March.

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<p>Ellie Goulding</p>

Ellie Goulding

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Ellie Goulding's new 'Beating Heart' track from 'Divergent' percolates

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Tunes from British singer's 'Halcyon' album also in the film

Ellie Goulding’s new tune, “Beating Heart,” from “Divergent,” fulfills the mandate of any song that escorts a soldier going off into battle: wanting a last moment with a loved one.

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<p>Coldplay</p>

Coldplay

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Coldplay veers into the mystic on new song 'Midnight'

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Is this the British group's new direction?

Coldplay takes a bit of a left turn in the British band’s new tune, “Midnight.” The trance-like tune features Chris Martin’s heavily-processed vocals layered upon a bed of a spacey beats.  The band dropped the song with no warning at, appropriately enough, midnight. It’s the first new music from Coldplay since “Atlas,” written for “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

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