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The ACM Awards: The night's best lines

“There’s20 million dollars worth of hairdos out here and it all has confetti in it. This is not a Head & Shoulders commercial, everybody.” —Luke Bryan, after show openers the Band Perry unleashed their confetti guns on the A-list front row.

“If you don’t like live music, then you need to go down the block and see Britney Spears.” — Blake Shelton in the opening monologue READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: The winners list

Here’s who took home the televised prizes at tonight’s Academy of Country Music Awards:

Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line

New Artist of the Year: Justin Moore

Single Record of the Year: Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”

Song of the Year: Lee Brice, “I Drive Your Truck”

Male V0calist of the Year: Jason Aldean

Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry

Female V0calist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year: Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park

Entertainer of the Year: George Strait

On the charts: 'Frozen' still rules, Shakira and Johnny Cash bow strong

It’s a big week for debuts on the Billboard album chart—six of the top 10 are new entries—but the unbeatable beast that is Frozen continues its dominance on top.

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Johnny Cash's new album 'Out Among the Stars' -- EW talks to the country icon's son about unearthing the lost recordings

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On March 25, Legacy Recordings will release Out Among the Stars, a “lost” album by Johnny Cash which the singer recorded for Columbia Records in 1984.

So how on earth do you lose an album by a bona fide country icon? Well, it helped that back in the early ‘80s, Cash was not exactly flavor of the month, C&W-wise. “Johnny Cash did not quite fit,” says John Carter Cash, the producer son of Johnny and June Carter Cash. Cash recorded the tracks with producer Billy Sherrill who at the time was the A&R chief at CBS Records Nashville, but even his imprimatur couldn’t get the collection released at the time. “I think he made the record which was correct for Johnny Cash,” says John Carter. “However, Columbia didn’t know what to do with it so this record was literally shelved.”

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Watch Taylor Swift's cat-party ACM 'For Your Consideration' video

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Taylor Swift may have painted the world red in last year’s “For Your Consideration” video for the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) but this year, the singer and her Big Machine label boss Scott Borchetta opted for a sillier approach.

The tongue-in-cheek clip opens with Borchetta realizing that the only thing he has yet to check off on the “Taylor To-Do List” of world domination is create a for-your-consideration ACM video. Borchetta quickly calls Taylor but before he can get a word in, Swift puts him on hold to take care of more pressing matters like painting her nails and pampering her famous kitty-cat, Meredith.

Watch Taylor Swift’s ACM “For Your Consideration” video below:

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Least surprising news of the year: Taylor Swift is super rich

Taylor Swift is fantastically popular, a cultural juggernaut whose ubiquity has never seemed to quench the populace’s thirst for more. But as plenty of fame-soaked cautionary tales have taught us, that level of exposure doesn’t always equal financial solvency.

Of course, Swift doesn’t have that problem. At all. According to a list just published by Billboard, Swift was the top-earning musician in 2013, raking in $39,699,575.60 (specific!) based on album sales, touring revenue, publishing fees, and royalties from airplay, digital streaming and downloads.

That does not include any money Swift might have collected from sponsorship deals, corporate gigs, or whatever back end she still may be earning from Valentine’s Day. Also, because Billboard uses a standard methodology for all artists across the board (assuming, for example, a 20 percent artists’ take on album sales), it’s easy to believe that Swift’s intake was even higher, as she most likely has a better royalty rate than your average country-pop megastar. Another thing to note? She gives a lot of it awayREAD FULL STORY

SXSW Music 2014: 20 acts to see

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The annual South By Southwest festival/conference/conventio-con is underway, with the music getting started in earnest on Tuesday and rolling headlong through Saturday night.

This year’s event has its share of big name visitors: Lady Gaga will be delivering the keynote address and performing, and the likes of Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Soundgarden, and Pitbull will be headlining a series of shows as part of the iTunes Festival.

But SXSW was originally designed as a showcase for new music, a place where baby bands could get their first big taste of exposure and where those artists who were about to break finally actually broke. EW will be on the ground covering acts both big and small, including these 20 on-the-cusp artists we’re going out of our way to check out.

Temples: Throwback psychedelia is hard to do, but this British quartet blends just the right amount of crushing beauty and off-kilter left turns.

Angel Olsen: In the grand tradition of PJ Harvey, Olsen marries muscular guitar with her delicate warble for blow-away blasts of folk-rock and power blues.

Perfect Pussy: Despite their censor-baiting name (and what honestly seems like a pretty standard-issue fuzz-punk sound), there’s a lot of buzz on this Syracuse foursome.

Sleepy Kitty: For fans of Sleigh Bells — but sub in post-grunge jangle for noisecore.

Cloud Nothings: Noisy Cleveland-based anarchists nearly made it big with their exceptional 2012 album Attack on Memory. Could the bigger, badder, forthcoming Here and Nowhere Else put them over the top?

Vertical Scratchers: Ultra-fuzzy indie jangle care of a pair of blissed out Californians.

SKATERS: Four New Yorkers who split the difference between driving punk surges and carefully-curated sonic tapestries, all wrapped in a whatever-man sneer.

ScHoolboy Q: Sure, he topped the charts with his latest album OxyMoron, but the top lieutenant in Kendrick Lamar’s army is ready to take the next step into household name-ness.

Chet Faker: The Australian’s downtempo bedroom R&B that would swerve dangerously into the cheese lane were it not for bearded mastermind Nick Murphy’s convincingly syrupy baritone.

You Blew It!: Don’t look now, but an emo revival is about to kick into gear, and this Orlando-based combo are the finest purveyors of the new pollution.

Oh Honey: Nothing but positive jams for this strummy, soulful Brooklyn duo. Like Matt & Kim with better production values.

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Cowboy Troy: Country's most brazen bro returns

What if all the country dudes singing about spring break, pickup trucks, and cheap beer fully embraced hip hop, and not just its swagger? On King of Clubs, out today, Cowboy Troy—the 43-year-old African-American singer-rapper born Troy Lee Coleman III—answers that question like a man shouting from the saddle of a bucking bronco.

It’s not his first time at the rodeo: Troy, a member of the MuzikMafia crew that includes modern-era rebels like Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, has released four other audacious “hick-hop” albums since 2002. He never had a hit like Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” the 2004 country-rap classic, and maybe never will. “Drink Drank Drunk,” the first single off King of Clubs, features B&R and a white rapper named Big Smo (aren’t there any “lil” MCs in country?), but it never took off with the “mothertruckers” and “Southern belles” it urges to jump around. (It’s gotten less than 6,000 plays on Spotify since last fall.)

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On the Charts: Eric Church rules, Beatles get a bump, Imagine Dragons break a record

Though the year is still young, Eric Church has established himself as the 2014 music sales king. His just-released fifth album The Outsiders debuted with a walloping 288,000 copies in its opening week. That’s Church’s second number one debut and his biggest sales week ever (his previous high was his fourth album Chief, which moved 145,000 units on its way to a chart-topping bow back in 2011).

Church didn’t have much competition at the marketplace, as there were not any other top 10 debuts this week—the next highest debut was the new album by Glitch Mob, which came in at number 13 with 22,000 copies sold. But elsewhere on the Billboard 200, there was one clear trend: the rise of the Beatles. READ FULL STORY

Hear Tim McGraw's new single 'Lookin' for That Girl' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Thanks to the successful back-to-back runs of “Highway Don’t Care” and “Southern Girl,” Tim McGraw’s comeback is in full swing. And today, the (seriously) chiseled country staple is debuting his latest single, “Lookin’ for That Girl,” here on EW.

The midtempo pop-country track, which goes on sale on iTunes on January 21, is the first from his upcoming album, a follow-up to last year’s Two Lanes of Freedom. “Lookin’ for That Girl” was penned by Jimmy Slater, Chris Tompkins, and Mark Irwin, and it finds McGraw experimenting with some Autotune flourishes as he croons about his quest to find Ms. Right.

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