<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' remains in the winner's circle

Pharrell's 'Happy' leaps up the chart

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J holds at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on the Billboard Hot 100, but the big news is that Pharrell’s “Happy” joyously soars to No. 2.

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Nicki Minaj's really wants you to stop staring in new video, 'Lookin' Ass N*gga'

Nicki Minaj's really wants you to stop staring in new video, 'Lookin' Ass N*gga'

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She confirms her buttocks possess magical powers

NIcki Minaj wants you to stop looking at her ass, really. And she will go to drastic measures to ensure you stop.  However, stopping lovingly caressing her own assets doesn’t seem to be within her power so you can’t really blame the poor dudes who are mesmerized by her booty.

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<p>Mariah Carey</p>

Mariah Carey

Does Mariah Carey have a hit with 'You're Mine (Eternal)?'

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Slow, smooth R&B track arrives just in time for Valentine's Day

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mariah Carey wants you to be hers. On new single,  “You’re Mine (Eternal),” Carey slips into a little smooth R&B as she recalls what it was like to have her lover in her arms. “You’re Mine (Eternal),” will be on Carey’s much-delayed new album, out May 6.

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Album review: Eric Church's intense, evocative 'The Outsiders'
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Album review: Eric Church's intense, evocative 'The Outsiders'

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He's the antidote to cookie-cutter country

Eric Church has had great success presenting himself as a modern-day outlaw, someone who operates outside of Nashville’s mainstream. This is despite the fact that he records for a major label, regularly charts on the radio, and is a mainstay on the awards show circuit.

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<p>Whitney Houston</p>

Whitney Houston

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Five reasons why there will never be another Whitney Houston

On the second anniversary of her death, we salute the great singer

Today is the second anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death. While there are many great pop singers, I doubt there will ever be another one as universally applauded as Whitney Houston. First and foremost, of course, is her voice. But we're also in a different time where we require our female pop singers to look like they just came from a Maxim cover shoot and be able to dance like a Rockette. Houston was beautiful, but the focus was always on her talent. The only other current pop diva who relies solely on her voice these days, and with good reason given its supremacy, is Adele. As much well-deserved success as Adele has had, it's hard to fathom that she will have the same kind of run as Houston.

Below are five reasons that Houston was so great. While other singers have some of these elements, none possess all five to the degree that Houston did.


*She could sing: That sounds obvious, but you don’t have to be able to sing to be a pop superstar anymore. I won’t name names, but we all can reel off a list of artists who can’t carry a tune in a bucket. When Houston was healthy, her mezzo-soprano was unparalleled in its power and clarity. She never seemed to be showing off like so many other divas because she didn’t need to.

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<p>Mariah Carey</p>

Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey sets new album release date for May 6

New single and video, 'You're Mine (Eternal),' out Wednesday

Mariah Carey’s long-delayed new album will now come out May 6.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt</p>

Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt

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Bruce Springsteen kicks off new U.S. tour April 8

Sixteen dates and counting

When Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band announced that they would play at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest on May 3, fans wondered if it was the start of a new U.S. tour, the group’s first since 2012.

Today, 15 U.S. tour dates to join the Jazz Fest date were announced, as Springsteen continues his tour of Australia. It's hard to imagine he'll stop with just these dates.

The U.S. outing will start in Cincinnati on April 8 and, for now, end on May 18, in Uncasville, Conn.  The dates are in support of Springsteen’s 18th studio album, “High Hopes,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in January.

Tickets go on sale for more dates on Feb. 21, though some start as early as Feb. 15. For more information, go to springsteen.net.
 


4/8 - Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
4/12 - Virginia Beach, VA -Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
4/15 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
4/17 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
4/19 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
4/22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
4/24 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
4/26 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
4/29 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
5/1 - Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/3 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/6 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/13 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
5/14 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
5/17 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
5/18 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun

Beyonce at this year's Grammys

Beyonce at this year's Grammys

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Six early Grammy album of the year contenders

From Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' to Eminem's 'Marshall Mathers 2 LP'

We hear you, we know it’s only been a little more than two weeks since the Grammy Awards aired, but we’re looking ahead to potential album of the year nominees for the 2014 ceremony. 

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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars sees huge bounce on next week's album chart

Will 'Now 49' topple 'Frozen from the top spot?

Bruno Mars sees a huge Super Bowl bounce as his two albums both rebound back into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 next week.

Mars’ sophomore set, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” leaps to No. 3 (70,000), while his 2010 debut, “Doo Wops & Hooligans” climbs back onto the chart at No. 10 (27,000).

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5 new country artists to watch

5 new country artists to watch

We've got something for every taste

Kacey Musgraves surprised the Nashville music community when she snagged Grammy Awards for both country song for “Merry Go ‘Round,”  and country album of the year with her debut album, “ Same Trailer, Different Park.” A number of other newcomers hope to follow in her successful path. Like Musgraves, many of them have already experienced success on the charts as songwriters for other artists.

Here’s a look at five hot new country acts to watch and listen for. They range from good-time party boys to artists you'll want to lean in closely to hear what they have to say.