Billboard Bits: Bieber Plays Santa, Ultimate Last-Minute Holiday Playlist

Justin Bieber performs at Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 10th, 2010.

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Justin Bieber Plays Santa for Sick Children

Justin Bieber went the extra mile to give back to fans on Thursday, bringing a busload of toys to sick children in extra need of holiday cheer. The singer parked his tour bus outside the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., and with the help of local radio station Q100, handed out gifts to kids who will be spending Christmas at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. "I have such a big platform, it would be silly if I didn't do something positive with it," he said. (MTV)

Ultimate Last-Minute Holiday Playlist

Susan Boyle and Jackie Evancho holiday albums aren't your cup of tea? There are plenty of alternatives this year, thanks to Kanye West, Flaming Lips, Beach House, Crystal Stilts, Best Coast, Wavves and others. Update your Christmas playlist before it's too late. (Pitchfork)

Jay Electronica Shills Mountain Dew

He went from cult rap star to Jay-Z signee just a few weeks ago, but Jay Electronica is already earning corporate advertising dollars. The New Orleans MC has shot a Mountain Dew commercial that shows him donning a suit and reenacting his performance of "The Announcement," which he first debuted live when he and Jay-Z announced his signing to Roc Nation in New York. (NahRight)

Demi Lovato Settles with Punch Victim

Demi Lovato has reached a financial settlement with Alex Welch, the backup dancer she allegedly punched while on tour with the Jonas Brothers (aka, the incident that prompted Lovato to drop out of the trek and enter rehab). "It was confidential negotiations that ended in complete and amicable resolution," Welch's attorney said. (RadarOnline)

(Reporting by Monica Herrera)