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JUSTIN BIEBER TELLS TWITTER: 'I'M OFFICIALLY RETIRING'

Justin Bieber has dropped a bitter Christmas present for millions of Beliebers worldwide: he’s “officially retiring." But with his new film "Believe" opening today, who knows what the real score is?
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THE TOP-SELLING CHRISTMAS ALBUMS OF ALL TIME

Elvis Presley's "Elvis' Christmas Album" reigns as the biggest-selling Christmas album of all time in the United States.
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BACKBEAT: 2013 HOLIDAY PARTIES! (GALLERY)

Sword swallowers, Echo Nest jam session, Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias, sad mermaids, Barry Weiss, and the best Christmas card ever!
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SKEE-LO'S 'I WISH' SCORES ESPN AD ALONGSIDE KEVIN HART - INSIDE HIP-HOP'S MOST UNLIKELY COMEBACK

Skee-Lo’s “I Wish,” a hip-hop anthem for would-be ballers that peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100 in 1995, has had a banner year marked by a series of highly viewed Toyota Super Bowl commercials starring Kaley Cuoco and an updated take from UK pop singer Cher Lloyd that scored Skee-Lo a slot on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” alongside Lloyd and The Roots in November.
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MONSTER LOOKS TO REBUILD BRAND AFTER LOSS OF BEATS

Beats Electronics ended its partnership with Monster last year -- and though Beats is still superhot, Monster CEO Noel Lee believes his San Francisco-based company has the proper pieces in place to regain its mojo.
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BUSINESS MATTERS: ANALYSTS SAY PANDORA AND ITS HIGH-FLYING STOCK WILL CONTINUE TO SOAR

Its business model has a legion of naysayers, but this week Pandora was named top online stock pick for 2014 by analysts at Needham & Company. Even through Pandora shares have risen about 215% in 2013, valuing the company at $5.6 billion, Needham believes there's more room to grow.
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NEW SIGNINGS: CAA SIGNS PUSHA T, DOLLY PARTON JOINS SONY MASTERWORKS, DISNEY MUSIC PUBLISHING INKS JESS CATES

Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Read on for more signings by Universal Music Group, Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records, Cherrytree Records/Interscope, APA, Billions Corp., ole, and Warner/Chappell Music.
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GOOGLE AND APPLE ARE GEARING UP FOR THE VOICE-ACTIVATED SMARTPHONE BATTLE

Google has predicted its dominant web search engine will mean it will beat Apple in the race to turn the smartphone and other devices into intelligent, voice-controlled personal assistants.
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THE YEAR MUSIC VIDEOS MADE A COMEBACK

Kanye's "Bound 2" video and Miley's exploits on the wrecking ball were the things that impacted us most in 2013.
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DRUMMER RICKY LAWSON, 59, DIES AFTER ANEURYSM

Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59.
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MUSIC PUBLISHERS CLAIM TO OWN 'SILENT NIGHT' AND RIPOFF INDIE YOUTUBE SINGER; CONTENT ID HELPS THEM DO IT

Adam the Alien has a Youtube channel that earns him some money through Youtube's "monetization" service, which inserts ads and gives him a cut of the money. Then Youtube's notorious "Content ID" system let some of the biggest music publishers in the world lay claim to the copyright in Adam's video, on the basis that his rendition of "Silent Night" belonged to them -- despite having been composed in 1818 and being firmly in the public domain. Once their claims had been laid, all the money his video generated was diverted to them.
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