<p>Lady Gaga at the Oscars this past week</p>

Lady Gaga at the Oscars this past week

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Lady Gaga to appear at SXSW after all

Promoters deny her tour is 'flopping'

Lady Gaga will not be denied. After her plan to perform at South by Southwest (SXSW) at Doritos’ huge vending machine was nixed, she and the crunchy snack found another solution… move the event to the 2,200-capacity Stubbs.

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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

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Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum to headline Watershed Fest

Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, Jake Owen also on the August bill

Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, and Jake Owen will headline the third annual Watershed Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, Aug. 1-3.

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<p>Vince Gill</p>

Vince Gill

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Review: Jason Mraz, Heart soar at Country Music Hall of Fame benefit

They join Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris for a worthy cause

LOS ANGELES—Jason Mraz and Heart may not be the first names that you think of when you think of country music (or the last), but the two acts fit in perfectly at Tuesday night’s (5) All for the Hall benefit for Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame.

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<p>Pharrell Williams</p>

Pharrell Williams

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Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' remains top song in the country

What happened with Oscar winner 'Frozen?'

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” logs its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, so even though Williams didn’t take home the Oscar for the tune from “Despicable Me 2,” he’s still a winner.

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<p>Janelle Monae</p>

Janelle Monae

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Check out Janelle Monae's irresistible new track, 'What is Love' from 'Rio 2'

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Bruno Mars and B.o.B. are also on soundtrack to animated sequel

Janelle Monae wants to take you to Rio on her new song and resistance is futile. “What Is Love,” which is featured in 20th Century Fox’s animated feature, “Rio 2,” came out today.

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<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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<p>Lorde</p>

Lorde

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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

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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'

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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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