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B.B. King: The Thrill is Going, Going…Gone? (Video)

B.B. King: The Thrill is Going, Going…Gone? (Video)

Reading about B.B. King’s “bizarre” performance Friday night at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, which incorporated “only a handful of complete songs” and a 15-minute sing-along of “You Are My Sunshine,” didn’t catch this observer by surprise.

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Pharrell Williams Talks Creative Inspiration, Sources of Happiness (Video)

Pharrell Williams Talks Creative Inspiration, Sources of Happiness (Video)

As an Academy Awards music consultant, scoring member of Hans Zimmer's Magnificent Six, newly reemerged solo musician and upcoming coach of The Voice, where does Pharrell Williams get his endless inspiration?

VIDEO: 'SNL' Recap: Anna Kendrick Auditions for Pharrell

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Bruce Springsteen Covers Van Halen's 'Jump' (Video)

Bruce Springsteen Covers Van Halen's 'Jump' (Video)

Bruce Springsteen continues to embrace his inner metal-head, opening his set at the March Madness Music Festival in Dallas with a cover of Van Halen's "Jump."

Springsteen's first North American show took place in the city's Reunion Park as part of the NCAA basketball tournament.

In classic style, Springsteen took the stage to the sounds of the Harlem Globetrotter's theme, "Sweet Georgia Brown." While dribbling the ball, the 64-year-old rocker quipped, "This has something to do with basketball."

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ACM Awards: Blake Shelton, Shakira Duet on 'Medicine' (Video)

ACM Awards: Blake Shelton, Shakira Duet on 'Medicine' (Video)

Shakira and Blake Shelton gave viewers a taste of "Medicine," their new duet, at the ACM Awards on Sunday. 

Rocking a lipstick-red dress showing just enough of those famous hips, Shakira squared off with the country superstar for a spirited version of the pounding anthem. They ended the performance with a huge smile and a hug.

PHOTOS: ACM Awards Red Carpet Arrivals

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Bette Midler Critiques Pandora, Spotify: 'Impossible for Songwriters to Earn a Living'

Bette Midler Critiques Pandora, Spotify: 'Impossible for Songwriters to Earn a Living'

Add Bette Midler to the growing list of musicians publicly expressing their displeasure with the amounts Pandora, Spotify and other digital radio and music streaming services pay artists.

On Friday, the Divine Miss M tweeted that Pandora paid her slightly more than $114 for more than 4 million song spins over a three-month period.

That would mean for each digital radio airplay she earned a rather microscopic micropayment of .00002733076 cents per track.

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How Kurt Cobain's Friends, Family and Fellow Musicians Reacted to His Death: 20 Quotes

How Kurt Cobain's Friends, Family and Fellow Musicians Reacted to His Death: 20 Quotes

Twenty years later, the April 5, 1994, suicide of Kurt Cobain still resonates as one of the most unforgettably scarring days for multiple generations. In the wake of his death, his mother, wife, bandmates, friends and peers spoke out about the tragedy, expressing the raw emotions of people trying to make sense of something they could see coming but still could not believe.

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'The Voice' Coaches Offer Advice to Pharrell Williams for Season 7

'The Voice' Coaches Offer Advice to Pharrell Williams for Season 7

At a Hollywood event to promote The Voice as it gets closer to live episodes, Billboard asked the current coaches and the host of The Voice for any advice they would give to next season's rookie, Pharrell Williams, who is replacing Cee Lo Green in one of the big red chairs.

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Janelle Monae, M.I.A. Perform Bi-Coastal Duet With Mutual Holograms

Janelle Monae, M.I.A. Perform Bi-Coastal Duet With Mutual Holograms

Singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monae shared the stage during separate concerts on opposite coasts through the magic of holograms.

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jackson Hologram Conjures Billionaire's Patent Lawsuit

M.I.A. performed in New York with a 3-D projection of Monae Thursday night while Monae sang on the West Coast with M.I.A.'s likeness.

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Justin Bieber, Austin Mahone Collaborate; Beliebers and Mahomies Rejoice

Justin Bieber, Austin Mahone Collaborate; Beliebers and Mahomies Rejoice

Talk about teen Armageddon. Fans of singers Justin Bieber and Austin Mahone, known colloquially as Beliebers and Mahomies, respectively, got exciting news on Instagram this week as it was revealed to fans that the two have recorded a song together. 

Bieber, 20, posted a picture of himself with Mahone, 17, Cash Money founder Birdman and Young Money president Mack Maine hanging out in the studio with a promise of a new tune on the way. 

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Lady Gaga to Guest Host 'American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest' Ahead of World Tour

Lady Gaga to Guest Host 'American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest' Ahead of World Tour

Lady Gaga is ramping up publicity ahead of her ARTPOP world tour.

On the heels of her Late Show gig, the singer will guest host the syndicated radio countdown show American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest on April 5 and 6.

Gaga will take calls and questions from fans and discuss her third single, "G.U.Y." off ARTPOP, as well as offer a glimpse into the making of the music video, which features castmembers from Bravo's Real Housewives franchise.

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'The Lion King' Cast Goes Viral by Singing 'Circle of Life' on a Plane (Video)

'The Lion King' Cast Goes Viral by Singing 'Circle of Life' on a Plane (Video)

Some high notes can really take flight -- and collect millions of views.

A video of The Lion King Australian cast went viral on Tuesday, as they spontaneously performed "Circle of Life" while seated on a plane to Sydney. The production's YouTube channel noted that they were particularly jubilant after the Brisbane season launch announcement, and their harmonious celebration has collected 2.8 million views after just a day online.

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Lady Gaga to Perform on 'Late Show' for First Time

Lady Gaga to Perform on 'Late Show' for First Time

Lady Gaga is returning to the Late Show.

The singer, who last appeared on the CBS late-night talk show in May 2011 as a guest only, will perform for the first time on Wednesday, April 2, at 11:35 p.m.

During her last appearance on Late Show, host David Letterman ran down a list of rumors surrounding Gaga, prompting her to tear up the piece of paper and eat it.

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'Orange Is the New Black' Soundtrack to Be Released in May

'Orange Is the New Black' Soundtrack to Be Released in May

The female inmates are still stuck in prison, but the sounds of Orange Is the New Black are being readied for release.

STORY: PaleyFest: Whose 'Orange Is the New Black' Backstories Will Be Revealed in Season 2?

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Mickey Avalon 'Gets Even' on 'Hollywood' Single (Exclusive Video)

Mickey Avalon 'Gets Even' on 'Hollywood' Single (Exclusive Video)

Mickey Avalon's life story has more twists and turns than an average episode of VH1's Behind the Music. Raised by a drug-addicted father, he sold pot at a young age, then briefly converted to Orthodox Judaism in his late teens, before giving it up when his father died in a tragic drunk-driving accident.

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