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Shakira skips the chapel in her new video for 'Empire.' (Source: YouTube/ShakiraVEVO) Shakira skips the chapel in her new video for 'Empire.' (Source: YouTube/ShakiraVEVO)

(RNN) - Shakira burns her veil … and with it her relationship, as a runaway bride in her new video for Empire.

The song, from her just released self-titled album, features the Colombian beauty as a bride who ditches her country quaint nuptials.

The epic piano-driven rock nature of Empire adds another dimension to an artist who blends Latin and Arabian influences with radio-ready pop and dance.

Nos encanta.

ACM voting is now open

The Academy of Country Music Awards is almost here, but the awards show wouldn't be complete without the vote of its fans.

Each year, people have the opportunity to vote for the Academy's most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, as well as New Artist of the Year.

Nominees for the top prize are Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Taylor Swift. The nominees for New Artist of the Year are Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore.

You can cast your vote at www.voteACM.com for both categories once per day through April 6. New Artist of the Year voting is slated to end at 7 p.m. (right before the live broadcast) and Entertainer of the Year voting will end during the third hour of the show.

ACM events kick off April 3 with a free concert headlined by Hunter Hayes and featuring Sasha McVeigh and David Nail at The Linq in Las Vegas.

Then the two-day outdoor ACM Party for a Cause Festival will run April 4 through 5, headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban.

The ACM Awards will air April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Click here for the full list of nominees.

24/7 Billy Joel

Not enough Piano Man in your life?

Starting Wednesday, you can have 24 hours a day of Billy Joel.

Joel is getting his own Sirius XM channel, running March 26 to June 25. It goes live at 6 p.m. on Sirius channel 4.

Right now, it's good to be Joel. In addition to his Sirius XM channel, he's playing an indefinite once-a-month residency at Madison Square Garden. He says he'll play until people stop coming, which we're guessing won't be anytime soon.

Random Acts of Kindness

When celebs make headlines for all the right reasons, we think that's pretty cool. (For those making headlines for all the wrong reasons, grab a pen and paper to take notes).

Few seem to take their role model status more seriously than one Taylor Swift, who reports say spent 3 1/2 additional hours at a New York hospital visiting patients during the weekend, even though she was only scheduled to stay for an hour.

Shelby Huff, who had a bone marrow transplant in 2013, was one of the patients who got a visit from Swift. The two talked guitar and Skyped with Huff's sister. 

Huff said Swift spent close to five hours on the pediatric cancer floor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

"We are still in awe, Taylor Swift is a class act all around," Huff's family wrote on Facebook. "She was so sweet, compassionate, asked us questions, got on Skype with my other daughter, stayed in our room and talked with us and was completely down to earth."

Mike Tyson takes to Twitter to announce new Black Keys album

Yes, you read that right. In an odd turn of events, Mike Tyson took to Twitter and posted the words "Turn Blue" followed by a YouTube link this week.

The link leads to a two-minute Twilight Zone-esque teaser video that features a bright pink and blue spinning disk and a creepy man that we wish we had never seen. However, creepy man aside, the video brought some exciting news - The Black Keys album Turn Blue will drop May 13.

It also turns out the spinning disk in the video is tied directly to Turn Blue's album art, which is exhibited in the video for their new single, Fever.

Fever is the first song the band has released in three years, and we think fans will agree it was worth the wait. The song is psychedelic, but the melody is just catchy enough to make you hit "replay."

"We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record - not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either," drummer Patrick Carney said of the album in a news release. "On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We're excited for the world to hear Turn Blue."

'Puff Daddy' is back

It's no secret Sean Combs has been through quite a few name changes in the past 13 years. From Puff Daddy to Puffy to P. Diddy to Diddy to Swag, the singer has become the king of reinvention.

However, he's reverting back to his original nickname Puff Daddy in honor of his first album in four years, MMM.

French Montana broke the news of the upcoming album via Instagram in January, but a release date has yet to be announced.

The name announcement, however, came in the form of a brief Vimeo video teaser for Puff Daddy's newest single Big Homie, which features French Montana and Rick Ross.  

Big Homie drops March 31.

New Releases

Johnny Cash: Out Among the Stars - March 25

Shakira: Shakira - March 25

Foster the People: Supermodel - March 18

Various: The Muppets Most Wanted - March 18

Upcoming Releases

MKTO: MKTO - April 1

Christina Perry: Head or Heart - April 1

Nickel Creek: A Dotted Line - April 1

Martina McBride: Everlasting - April 8

Ingrid Michaelson: Lights Out - April 15

Needtobreathe: Rivers in the Wasteland - April 15

And Finally

Some people are born with the blues inside them.

Emi Sunshine is a pint-sized pro with a yodel to be envious of.

Check out her cover of Blue Yodel No. 6, and get ready to tap your toes.

What we're listening to

Odessa - I Will Be There

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