Rihanna performing in Zurich last month. This year the pop star tried to move beyond the fallout from her very public encounter with domestic abuse by taking on the role of risk-taking erotic outlaw — she was still faulted as superficial. The Image Gate/Getty Images hide caption

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A still from "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!" which aired on ABC in 2001. Vince Guaraldi's rearrangements and originals for the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack became holiday perennials. ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images hide caption

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New Holiday Songs: A Smart Career Move That's Fun, Too

Transforming traditional songs — and writing new ones — makes both money and good times.

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