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Justin Bieber collaborating with Carly Rae Jepsen, possibly One Direction: A teen pop takeover?

Teen idols, assemmmmble!

In a move clearly designed to make Twitter, Tumblr, and teen girls simultaneously explode, Justin Bieber has hit the studio to record a new song with Carly Rae Jepsen — and maybe One Direction too.

Two days ago, “Call Me Maybe” Jepsen told MTV News that she and Biebs collaborated on one song together when they first met in the studio. “It’s not too dance-y,” she explained. “It’s more intimate. It’s a duet.”

And yesterday, One Direction’s Niall Horan tweeted, “In the studio with our boy @justinbieber last night, it’s gona sound great!” Fellow bandmate Liam Payne corroborated the story with a tweet of his own: “Got a first listen to justin biebers new album yesterday wowww big songs!!! Its gunna be a smash… Expect the unexpected.” Bieber responded: “thanks buddy. good chillin with u guys.” READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber's much-anticipated new single 'Boyfriend' finally arrives: Listen here!

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A few weeks ago, Justin Bieber dropped in on the new single by Far East Movement, giving us the first non-Yuletide taste of the plucky Canadian since the release of Never Say Never at the top of 2011. At midnight last night, he struck again, this time in the form of the first single from his forthcoming album Believe.

The track is called “Boyfriend,” and it’s built around a woozy keyboard loop, some hollow kick drums, a nice little digi-coustic guitar snap, and Bieber’s newly evolved grown-up voice. Produced by Mike Posner, “Boyfriend” proves that Bieber’s role model is Justin Timberlake, as this is the sort of musical and attitude adjustment that helped JT transition from teen-scream inspiration to serious artist.

Give it a spin below.: READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez love Carly Rae Jepsen -- do you?

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You may not have heard of Carly Rae Jepsen yet, but you probably know her friends.

The starlet, who was recently signed to Justin Bieber’s Schoolboy Records, got a major boost when a grainy video featuring tween dreams like Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, members of Big Time Rush, and Hannah Montana‘s Moises Arias dancing to Jepsen’s new single “Call Me Maybe” hit the net. In 11 days, the video has netted over 13 million views.

The Disney/Nickelodeon mashup blew up when Bieber tweeted it to his 17.5 million followers, and all the exposure it’s gotten has driven up view counts for Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” video as well.

The clip has more than doubled its views since the dance-party clip exploded, and the song is climbing into iTunes’ Top 10.

Check out both videos below: READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber hops on Far East Movement's new single 'Live My Life': Hear it here

Anybody who doesn’t care much about the music of Justin Bieber should probably find a monastery to hide in for a few months, because the 17-year-old Canadian pop sensation is about to unleash an onslaught of new material.

The lead track from his forthcoming album Believe is expected to land in a few weeks, but until then, he has lent his pipes to “Live My Life,” the new single by Far East Movement. (The group’s new album Dirty Bass is due to hit stores soon.)

The track, produced by turned-to-11 disco maven RedOne, finds the men of Far East Movement tapping into the same club-friendly swagger that sent “Like a G6″ to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Bieber doesn’t have to do a whole lot of heavy lifting on “Live My Life” (he just croons the hook), but it’s a good first dip into the waters of his new baritone.

While we’ve already heard a full album of his evolving voice, it’s harder to tell where it’s going when the focus is on Yuletide cheer. “Live My Life” is the first real commercial peek at what’s next; listen to it below. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber talks Michael Jackson comparisons, relationship with Jesus, and more in new interview

He’s coming up on his 18th birthday in March, and Justin Bieber wants you to know he’s a baby (baby baby-oh) no more.

The singer recently chatted with V magazine in a wide-ranging interview about his work ethic, his relationship to God, and comparisons to another teen idol who grew up in the public eye. Find some of the most noteworthy quotes after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Michael Buble tops the chart (again), and Adele logs her best sales week yet

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Michael Bublé’s Christmas has only been in stores for nine weeks, but it’s had no trouble becoming the 2nd highest-selling album of 2011, behind Adele’s 21.

This week, Bublé topped the Billboard 200 for a fifth straight week, selling 467,000 copies and lifting his holiday collection’s total to a very merry 2.43 million (all five of Michael Bublé’s albums have topped the 2 million mark). Expect a hefty drop next week, though, now that Christmas Day has passed.

In second place, Adele’s 21 notched its best-ever sales week (in its 45th week of release!), moving 399,000 units. The album’s previous best week came with its debut in February, when 21 sold 352,000. This year, 21 has sold an astonishing 5.68 million Stateside, and on top of reclaiming the No. 1 spot next week, the album should pass the 6 million mark early in the new year. READ FULL STORY

Mark Wahlberg wants to make Justin Bieber a movie star

Mark Wahlberg would really prefer the world not remember him for inspiring sweet sensations at the dawn of his career. Remarkably, he has mostly accomplished that feat over the past decade and a half — carving out a major career for himself as an actor (though he’d probably rather be thought of as Mickey Ward than the guy who figures out that plants are killing people).

Apparently, Wahlberg sees a similar future for Justin Bieber. In a recent conversation with MTV about his upcoming movie Contraband (whose trailer looks like one of the fake ones that runs before Tropic Thunder), Wahlberg talked about casting Bieber in a dramatic role in a future film that has something to do with basketball. The artist formerly known as Marky Mark says that he sees something in the Canadian pop pinup that let him know he can handle a dramatic role.

“I’m pretty intuitive,” Wahlberg explained. “I see the guy and spent time with him, and you see what he does and how he does it, and then you actually have a conversation with him, and it’s there.”

Wahlberg may have a point. READ FULL STORY

Michael Buble continues to dominate; The Black Keys enter at No. 2 -- this week in charts

In its seventh week, Michael Bublé’s Christmas continued to utterly dominate the Billboard 200, increasing by 64 percent to 479,000 copies, topping the chart for a third straight week and lifting its U.S. total to a whopping 1,517,000.

Whether the crooner’s compilation was boosted by Bublé’s recent NBC special or the fact that people are just becoming more eager to hear Christmas music is unclear. What is certain, though, is that Bublé will finish 2011 with one of the best-selling albums of the year — in only two months’ time.

Josh Groban achieved a similar feat in 2007, when his holiday compilation Noël moved 3.6 million copies in eleven weeks, and became the best-selling title of all of 2007. Susan Boyle’s debut I Dreamed a Dream was only on the chart for the last six weeks of 2009, but it sold 3.1 million copies, enough to become the second-biggest album in the U.S. that year (behind Taylor Swift’s Fearless). The holidays can be major boon for gift-ready albums like Bublé’s.

In second place, garage-rock wunderkinds the Black Keys avoided any sophomore slump (alright, technically this is their seventh album, but it’s their second record since they broke into the mainstream in 2010) with El Camino, which shifted 206,000 discs in its first week. That number marks the duo’s best sales week by far, trumping the 73,000 debut of their last album Brothers.

Adele and Justin Bieber fill out the third and fourth place slots, respectively. Adele’s 21 experienced a nice 30 percent boost to 187,000, which officially pushed the British songstress’ collection past the 5 million mark. According to Yahoo’s Paul Grein, this is the first time an album has sold 5 million copies in one calendar year since Usher’s Confessions in 2004.  Bieber’s Under the Mistletoe ticked up 19 percent to 153,000, bringing its total to 824,000. It could pass the platinum threshold next week.

Rounding out the top 5, Amy Winehouse’s posthumous release Lioness: Hidden Treasures started in fifth place, selling 114,000 copies. While far from Michael Jackson sales levels, that figure did beat out other debuts like Glee, the Music: Season 3, Volume 7 (No. 9, 58,000) and Korn’s The Path of Totality (No. 10, 55,000), as well as the Roots’ undun (no. 17) and Robin Thicke’s Love and War (No. 22).

Check out the top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' video has arrived -- VIDEO

Get ready for the cheeriest Macy’s commercial you’re going to see this season.

Justin Bieber has released the video for “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” his duet with Mariah Carey off his Christmas album Under the Mistletoe. And I’ll leave you all to debate the relative vocal merits of his take versus Carey’s iconic original– don’t forget the awesome Love Actually version! — but I can’t get past the clip.

Here are my five takeaways after watching it (Spoiler alert: I want to go to Macy’s):

1. Mariah Carey’s sexy santa outfit: Seriously, that woman hasn’t aged a day since 1994.

2. The intro begins with quick shots between Mimi’s thighs and Bieber’s eyes, making me all kinds of uncomfortable.

3. At the moment (1:15) when Santa hands out tickets to meet Justin, I hope you all notice the tickets say ‘Midnight at MACY’S.’ They might as well have annotated all of the Bieber paraphernalia you can buy at MACY’S! MACY’S: Making your holiday dreams come true!

4.I’m a sucker for a puppy. Sorry Justin, that dog with a bow in the sleigh is the cutest thing about this. I want him for Christmas, please.

5. The product placement. Oh, the product placement! This thing makes a Kardashian wedding look homegrown. In addition to the Macy’s tickets, we’ve got multiple Nitendo3DSs, shoes, and jewelry.  My favorite moment may be when they stop showing individual products and just let Bieber flat-out boogie in the middle of a full display.

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

Michael Buble just barely beats Nickelback on the Billboard 200; Rihanna debuts at No. 3

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In its fifth week on the chart, Michael Bublé’s Christmas climbed into the top spot on the Billboard 200, shifting just over 227,000 copies.

Thanks to a Black Friday sales boost, the album increased 37 percent from last week, thereby giving Bublé the best sales week of his career and lifting total sales to 745,000. It should pass 1 million by year’s end. READ FULL STORY

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