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  • Video: Ray Benson Duets With Willie Nelson

    January 16, 2014 6:18 PM ET | Yahoo Our Country

    Texas musical institution Ray Benson, who's also known as the frontman of Western Swing legends Asleep at the Wheel, has a lot of accolades to his name (including nine Grammy awards and a heavyweight producer's resume). He also has a lot of cool friends to his name that he's collected in his music journey. Benson combines both of these in his second solo release (his first in quite some years!), A Little Piece, on which he duets with none other than Willie Nelson on the tune "...  | More »

  • New Bruce: He’s Still Got The Goods

    January 14, 2014 11:55 AM ET | Yahoo New This Week
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Hello and Happy New Year—which, as you might note, isn’t exactly new at this point, but about as close as we’re going to get in a column running down the week’s more interesting music releases! What have we missed in the meantime? *An unexpected Beyoncé album! *A spectacular New Year’s Rockin’ Eve featuring a timely live version of “Imagine” urging us to begin 2014 with the full realization that there is “no heaven” and the...  | More »

  • 10 Ways ‘American Idol’ is Trying to Win You Back

    January 13, 2014 11:55 AM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Last year, "American Idol" Season 12 ended pretty much the way it began: in tears. It ickily kicked off with a tabloid-fueled Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj feud that alienated much of the show's conservative fanbase, and it wrapped months later with an astounding 20 percent ratings drop. Then there was the failed-to-launch single and multiple album-release delays for winner Candice Glover; runner-up Kree Harrison's unprecedented inability to secure her own record deal; sluggish ticket s...  | More »

  • Video: Whiskey Myers' 'Shelter From The Rain'

    January 10, 2014 5:01 PM ET | Yahoo Our Country

    Country fans who appreciate a splash of good ol' southern rock in the mix have likely already been clued into Texas country/roots-rock quintet Whiskey Myers, whose soulful/rebellious sound has earned them tour slots with the likes of Eric Church and the Eli Young Band. The guys made a respectable impact on the country charts with their last album, 2011's Firewater (while darn near burning up their local scene at the time!) and are now poised to release a new set, Early Morning Shak...  | More »

  • 5 Ways Blue Ivy Has Already Impacted Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Music

    January 7, 2014 10:05 AM ET | Yahoo Hip Hop
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Jay Z and Beyoncé's baby girl Blue Ivy Carter is growing up fast. On Tuesday, the darling toddler turns 2 years old. But instead of spending her time engaging in typical Terrible Twos antics, Blue is busy collaborating on music with her parents and offering her father A&R advice. Her 5 most notable credits thus far in her brief career: 1. She Made Singing Debut on "Beyoncé" Album A mother-daughter collaboration was inevitable. So it should come as no surprise that Be...  | More »

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