<p>Judith Hill at the 2014 Spirit Awards</p>

Judith Hill at the 2014 Spirit Awards

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Judith Hill of '20 Feet From Stardom': Debut album set for summer release

Backup singer is ready to be front and center

Judith Hill, who background singer who appeared prominently in Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” will step into the spotlight this summer when her debut album comes out on The Cherry Party/Sony Music.

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Lorde: Tour review round-up

She reigns in opening night in Austin

Reigning music queen Lorde opened her  U.S. tour in Austin last night and the prevailing sentiment among reviewers is that the “Royals” singer ruled over the audience.

Below is a review round-up, following by Lorde’s upcoming tour dates. If you don’t have already tickets, be aware the shows are already sold out.

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<p>Eli Young Band</p>

Eli Young Band

Album review: Eli Young Band's "10,000 Towns" plays it safe

Country quartet's material doesn't match its talent

Eli Young Band is capable of great things as it showed with 2012’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” which featured one of the stronger choruses to come out of Nashville in years, as well as with ACM’s 2012 song of the year winner, “Crazy Girl.”

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<p>Cole Swindell</p>

Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell on 'Chillin' It,' and what he learned from Luke Bryan

Why he can't wait to go home

It may seem like success has come quickly for Cole Swindell, whose debut single, “Chillin’ It” is atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for the second straight week, but he’s no overnight success.

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<p>Pharrell Williams performing at the Oscars</p>

Pharrell Williams performing at the Oscars

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Album review: Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' will make you 'Happy'

Guests Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys join the party

Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” may open with a flourish of strings and have a few tastefully arranged string parts scattered throughout  (courtesy of Williams’ scoring collaborator, composer and arranger Hans Zimmer), but the album is anything but high minded.The whole idea with with “G I R L” is to have some fun.

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<p>Coldplay has a new album coming</p>

Coldplay has a new album coming

Coldplay set to release 'Ghost Stories' May 19

Hear first single, 'Magic'

After slipping out a surprise tune, “Midnight,” last week, Coldplay will release its sixth studio album May 19.

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Matthew McConaughey

Idina Menzel

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Rating the Oscars 2014 musical performances: From Pharrell to U2

Watch all of them, including Pink and Bette Midler, below

As expected, “Frozen’s”  “Let It Go”  took home the Oscar for best original song, but who was the winner for best performance during the Academy Awards?

We rate the four Oscar-nominated performances as well as the two extra appearances by Pink and Bette Midler.

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<p>Schoolboy Q</p>

Schoolboy Q

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Schoolboy Q goes to the head of the class on next week's album chart

'Oxymoron' is one of six debuts on the Billboard 200

It’s a huge week for debuts as up to six albums will bow in the Billboard 200 next week following the busiest release week of 2014 so far.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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5 rock acts ripe for country music tribute albums

You know you want to hear Eric Church sing 'Highway to Hell'

Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band and Toby Keith are among the artists who will be traveling to China Grove on a Long Train Runnin’ for a cover album of Doobie Brothers songs.

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<p>From &quot;Frozen&quot;</p>

From "Frozen"

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Who will win best score and best original song at the 2014 Oscars?

Is "Let It Go" a lock?

The Oscars are only two days away and HitFix’s Academy Awards experts have declared who they believe will take home the gold statue in all categories Sunday night.  It’s my turn to weigh in on the two music fields.

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