Lady Antebellum covers Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' and Anna Kendrick's 'Cups'
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Lady Antebellum covers Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' and Anna Kendrick's 'Cups'

Trio closes show with rousing mash-up

Lady Antebellum’s members wear their pop influences on their collective sleeve, so it’s no surprise that the band is closing its shows with a very cool mash-up of  Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and “Cups” from “Pitch Perfect.”

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<p>Lucy Hale</p>

Lucy Hale

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'Pretty Little Liars' Lucy Hale sets country album release date

First single, 'You Sound Good To Me,' hits the chart

Lucy Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” will release her debut country album, “Road Between,” June 3.

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<p>Jack Antonoff</p>

Jack Antonoff

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fun.'s Jack Antonoff bows new project, Bleachers

Listen to debut single, 'I Wanna Get Better'

It should be no surprise that a side project from fun.’s  Jack Antonoff would be bouncy and upbeat musically. What is surprising is how Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better” lifts so many elements from fun —deceptively deep lyrics, overly busy production, and changing tempos—and turns them into something completely different.

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<p>Blake Shelton and Shakira</p>

Blake Shelton and Shakira

Blake Shelton records country duet with fellow 'Voice' mentor Shakira

Latin singer reveals more details about the song

Just as he did with fellow “The Voice” mentor, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton has recorded a duet with Shakira.

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<p>Beyonce and Jay-Z performing</p>

Beyonce and Jay-Z performing

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Does it take two to make it to No. 1? Co-ed collaborations are in

'Event records' rule the charts so far this year

Perhaps Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock were right: It takes two to make a thing go right.

It’s still early days, but for all of 2014, the No. 1 slot on the  Billboard Hot 100 has been ruled by co-ed collaborations instead of solo artists.

Eminem’s “The Monster,” featuring Rihanna, ushered in the New Year at No. 1, only to be replaced by Pitbull’s “Timber,” featuring Ke$ha, and, for the last three weeks, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J.

Also residing comfortably in the top 10 are Beyonce and Jay Z’s “Drunk in Love,” “A Great Big World’s “Say Something,” featuring Christina Aguilera, and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz.

Such pairings aren’t new—during Top 40’s most recent rhythmic-leaning phase that lasted from 2010 to 2012, it seemed like almost every pop song had a hip hop artist joining in for an obligatory rap verse or two—but a growing number of collaborations have been reaching the summit.

In 2013, only 3 of the 13 songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 were collaborations. Last year, nearly half —five— of the 11 songs that reached No. 1 were pairings featuring artists who don’t normally record together. So far in 2014, it’s been every song.

Is this all a coincidence or have we now entered an era where it takes an “event” record to top the charts?

In almost all cases, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A song featuring Pitbull and Ke$ha appeals to a both of the acts’ fans, increasing the reach for the song. With Eminem and Rihanna’s “The Monster,” fans get a sequel of sorts to “Love The Way You Lie,” the pair’s 20110 smash, and the labels get a strong marketing hook as they can push the reunited pair. Same with Beyonce and Jay Z’s “Drunk in Love.”

In some cases, such as last year’s No. 1, Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring fun.’s Nate Ruess, the narrative of the song needs two people to tell the tale. In others, such as “Dark Horse,” the Juicy J’s rap provides a counterbalance to Perry’s singing. Last year’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” from Drake, featuring Majid Jordan, helped bring Jordan to a bigger audience.

They don’t always work. “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” Shakira’s much-hyped pairing with Rihanna, is already falling back down the Hot 100 after only four weeks. Zedd’s “Stay The Night,” featuring Paramore’s Haley Williams, peaked at No. 18.

Clearly, solo acts don’t always need a partner to reach the top: Katy Perry got there just fine by herself with “Roar,” and Pharrell’s “Happy” looks good to be the next chart topper. Bear in mind, that comes after Pharrell spent much of last year in the Top 10 as a featured artist on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which spent 12 weeks at No. 1, and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” both of which greatly increased his visibility, helping pave the way for “Happy’s” success.

Maybe one really is the loneliest number.

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<p>Miley Cyrus on her opening night</p>

Miley Cyrus on her opening night

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Miley Cyrus' opening night of 'Bangerz' tour: What the critics are saying

She sings, slides, twerks, and, of course, sticks her tongue out

Miley Cyrus kicked off her 38-city “Bangerz” tour  this weekend at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. While she has said that she wanted the outing to focus on her singing, it’s clear that visuals and shock value play a big part, including her pretending to perform oral sex on Bill Clinton, wearing revealing unitards, and simulating masturbation..all in an effort to entertain.. And, just in case she hasn’t stressed her love for marijuana enough to her young fans, official “Bangerz" rolling papers were available at the merchandise tables for $40.

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<p>Eric Church</p>

Eric Church

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Eric Church's 'The Outsiders' has inside track to be best-selling album next week

Can he knock 'Now 49' out of the top spot?

Eric Church will handily bow atop the Billboard 200 next week as the country artist’s latest set, “The Outsiders,” could sell as much as 300,000.

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Avicii's 'Addicted To You' video pays homage to 'Bonnie & Clyde'

Avicii's 'Addicted To You' video pays homage to 'Bonnie & Clyde'

With a very different plot twist

There’s a little Bonnie and Clyde action going on Avicii’s new video for “Addicted To You.” Actually, Bonnie and Bonnie action would be a more appropriate description.

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<p>Blake Shelton</p>

Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton's hot new video, 'Doin' What She Likes'

Plus, the version we would like to see

In his new video for “Doin’ What She Likes,” Blake Shelton shows why romantic gestures, while always appreciated, can sometimes go terribly wrong.

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<p>Drake is sad</p>

Drake is sad

Drake declares 'disgust' at Rolling Stone bumping him for Philip Seymour Hoffman

And he wonders why people don't like him....

Oh, Drake…Today, rap’s biggest malcontent decided he would take on a dead man.

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