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Miley Cyrus vs. Beyonce

Miley Cyrus is never one to shy away from the spotlight and she made headlines recently when some scathing anti-Beyonce quotes were attributed to her. According to one magazine, Miley told them that Beyonce's decision to have a baby "and all the crap it does to your body... will create a vacuum for fresh young faces to rise up and no one else can properly fill that void right now." The quote also said, "I got the total package you know, the curves, the rhythm, and the voice. I’m just the best." But Miley took to Twitter immediately and said the quotes were entirely falsified and insisted she admires Beyonce. So things are all good.

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Justin Bieber Retires? Or He Doesn't. What?

Among a heavy campaign promoting his new album and movie this week, Justin Bieber came out with the announcement of his retirement. Can it be? As I discussed yesterday, probably not, but with so much happening this week it's a good way to get into another news cycle. Never underestimate the effect of a bit of decent marketing. Meanwhile, the film, which documents Bieber's most recent Believe Tour, has opened to mixed reviews.

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The Biebs is Retiring

Could it be? Is Justin Bieber quitting music for good? ... No, no he's not. But that didn't stop him from joking around during an interview with Power 106 FM in Los Angeles. When asked his plans for his next album, he said he would be "retiring" from music. Naturally, this news upset a lot of Beliebers. How could the Biebs just up and leave? However, his manager cleared the air by saying Bieber was "just kidding." Even in the full version of the interview, Bieber himself says he's joking, but hasty conclusions are more fun.

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Beyonce: The Visual Album

OMG OMG OMG. Okay. So, after months (nay, closer to a year) of touring, teasing song snippets and no album news, Beyonce decided to blow everyone away and just drop a surprise, self-titled album. Today. And it's not just a surprise album with 14 brand new tracks, but it is what Beyonce is calling a "visual album," meaning it comes with 17 videos as well. What's more, this is only part one of the album. It's revolutionary to release a "visual album," something no artist has attempted before; additionally, Beyonce lacked any traditional promotion for the album. There was nary a peep that a new album would be released before the end of 2013; yet, here we are. It'll be interesting to see how well the album does. (But I already bought it, of course.)

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The Sound of Music Live

"The Sound of the Music" is an iconic film that was part of so many childhoods. It became synonymous with Julie Andrews, who played Maria. (For me, this is the only version of "The Sound of Music" that exists.) However, prior to it being a film, it was actually a stage play; it was reimagined last night on NBC, starring Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp. While some reviews have been less-than-favorable, it's kind of cool that NBC was at least trying to think outside the box. It's certainly hard to compare a stage play to a film that we all likely have fond memories of, but apparently Carrie's singing was great! We won't talk about the acting. Fun fact: apparently, the the real-life Von Trapps wanted Anne Hathaway as Maria.

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