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Welcome to the special year-end episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard.com associate editor Jason Lipshutz and Billboard associate director of charts Keith Caulfield every Thursday on the free Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to last week's episode).
In this week's episode, Jason and Keith bow down to Beyonce and break down Billboard's biggest year-end charts with the help of Billboard associate director of charts Gary Trust, Billboard music section editor Alex Gale and Billboard.com editor Tye Comer. The guys discuss Beyonce's sneak-attack album release and how it changes the game for future music releases before delving into Billboard's Artist of the Year Bruno Mars, the rise of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus' comeback year, Justin Timberlake's multi-album triumph and more musical highlights in 2013.