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Your Week in Music: White House streams concert to celebrate women of soul

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Aretha Franklin is just one of the 'women of soul' performing at the White House on Thursday. (Source: MGN) Aretha Franklin is just one of the 'women of soul' performing at the White House on Thursday. (Source: MGN)

(RNN) - It appears that everyone is into the streaming music business these days - even the White House.

On Thursday the White House website will stream a concert full of legendary women in order to celebrate women of soul. The concert will honor the "great 'foremothers' of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women."

The lineup includes Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge, Arianna Grande, Jill Scott, Patti Labelle, Janelle Monae and Tessanne Chin.

This is the 12th concert the White House has hosted as part of the "Performance at the White House" series.

And as with their previous music events, the White House will host a workshop the next day to go along with the theme of the concert. First lady Michelle Obama will welcome 124 middle school, high school, and college students from across the country to take part in a workshop titled "I'm Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul."

You can stream the concert live Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET at whitehouse.gov/live. And no worries if you can't catch it Thursday - the concert will re-air on PBS Monday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

Coldplay dropping new album

A week after Coldplay dropped a ghostly new track, Midnight, the group is officially announcing a new album, Ghost Stories, out May 19.

If the highly auto-tuned sound of Midnight had you as a fan hitting the panic button, the band's newest track release dropped this week should bring you back to center. 

Magic sounds more characteristic of the group's light pop sound than the experimental Midnight and more like a potential radio hit to us. 

Pharrell Williams' Grammys hat sales for $44,100 ... to Arby's

We all recall the larger-than-life hat that Pharrell Williams sported at the Grammys this year. If you are unfamiliar with said hat, click here, or just look at an Arby's road sign - they're about the same shape and size (just kidding, but not really).

It didn't take Arby's long to recognize the similarities between their logo and Pharrell's hat, prompting the chain to tweet "Hey @Pharrell, can have our hat back?" during the Grammy's.

So when the singer recently auctioned the hat on eBay as a fundraiser for his charity for at-risk teens, From One Hand to Another, it only made sense for Arby's to win the bid. And win it they did - for a mere $44,100.

Williams later tweeted a thank you "to whoever bought my Grammy hat" and Arby's was quick to reply "You're welcome. We're HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back. Good luck at the #Oscars tonight."

What Arby's didn't know was that Williams had a backup, black-colored version of the exact same hat saved up for the Oscars, which he sported during his performance of Happy.

Ellen Degeneres later used the iconic hat to collect money for some pizza she ordered mid-show. We can't blame her, there was plenty of room in it.

Williams' newest album GIRL dropped this week, check it out at http://bit.ly/P1hQls.

Introducing ... Ellie Holcomb

You may have heard of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, but Drew Holcomb's wife, Ellie Holcomb, does some pretty killer music on her own.

When she isn't collaborating with her husband, the talented daughter of songwriter Brown Bannister is creating her own sound - a fresh take on Christian music with the incorporation of folk instrumentals.

Backed up by a barrage of acoustic instruments, and with a cheerful sound and clear voice, Holcomb's music will liven up even the dreariest of days.

She released her newest album, As Sure as the Sun, on Feb. 18 and is currently offering a free download of a compilation of previously released music as well as one song from her new album, With You Now, on Noisetrade.

To view the sampler on mobile visit http://bit.ly/MNYXjG.

Crowded awards show field adds one more

Add another awards show to your yearly mix of the Grammys, the Billboard Music Awards, MTV Music Awards, etc, etc, ad nauseam, etc. The iHeartRadio Awards premiere in May and promises to "recognize the most popular artists and music over the past 12 months," which we presume makes it exactly like every other award show already out there.

We predict lots of Smiley and Bibber and Katy and 1D.

The three-hour show airs May 1.

Headliners announced for free March Madness Music Festival

The NCAA announced some big headliners for their three-day, completely free outdoor music festival in April.

The headliners include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Killers, Jason Aldean, fun. and Tim McGraw.

The March Madness Music Festival takes place April 4 through 6 at Reunion Park in Dallas, TX. The event is non-ticketed and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, including upcoming performer announcements, visit http://www.ncaa.com/marchmadness/musicfest.

New Releases

Pharrell Williams: GIRL - March 3

Lea Michelle: Louder - March 4

Ashanti: Braveheart - March 4

Beck: Morning Phase - Feb. 25

Dierks Bentley: Riser - Feb. 25

Upcoming Releases

Sara Evans: Slow Me Down - March 11

Aloe Blacc: Lift Your Spirit - March 11

Ellie Holcomb: As Sure as the Sun - March 11

Foster the People: Supermodel - March 18

Various: The Muppets Most Wanted - March 18

MKTO: MKTO - April 1

Drake: X - May 5

And Finally

If you missed the Oscars this year, there's one performance that's worth seeing.

Despite having her name butchered by John Travolta, who accidentally called her "Adele Dazeem" during her introduction, Idina Menzel did a killer performance of Let It Go from Frozen.

Seriously, her vocals were off the charts and the Oscar she later took home for Best Original Song was well deserved.

To watch the full performance, visit http://bit.ly/1q3xoTn.

And if that isn't enough, the very next day she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and sang pretty flawlessly to The Roots and Fallon playing classroom instruments.

Here's to one talented lady - the Oscars definitely got it right this year.

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