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

'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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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

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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Coldplay veers into the mystic on new song 'Midnight'

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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Album review: Beck's melancholy, gorgeous 'Morning Phase'
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Album review: Beck's melancholy, gorgeous 'Morning Phase'

Has he made 2014's first great album?

Beck hasn’t been particularly prolific lately when it comes to new studio music.  Sure, he’s been busy recording cover albums, producing artists like Thurston Moore and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and collaborating with McSweeney’s on the “Song Reader” sheet-music project, but it’s been more than five years since the release of 2008’s “Modern Guilt.” That break ends tomorrow (24)  with “Morning Phase” tomorrow.

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<p>Miley Cyrus</p>

Miley Cyrus

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The truth about Miley Cyrus' Bangerz tour: Is it in trouble?

We take a wrecking ball to the rumors

For the last few days, various outlets have been running pieces about the supposed scandal surrounding Miley Cyrus’  38-city Bangerz tour:  “Irate parents are demanding arenas cancel shows because the concert is too raunchy!” “Ticket are showing up on the secondary market like crazy!” “Arenas are threatening to cancel shows!”

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Will 'Frozen' freeze Eric Church out of the top album spot next week?

"Frozen" enters "Titanic" territory

The soundtrack to “Frozen” will likely pop back up to the top spot on the Billboard 200 next week.

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<p>Eminem and Rihanna</p>

Eminem and Rihanna

Eminem and Rihanna plan stadium tour together

'The Monster' tour will hit three markets

Fans of Eminem and Rihanna’s hits, “Love the Way You Lie” and “The Monster,” are about to be very happy: The two superstars are touring together this summer.

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