Neda Ulaby Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

Florida Georgia Line was unsigned when it recorded the year's biggest country song, "Cruise." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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How A Hip-Hop Remix Helped Make 'Cruise' The Year's Biggest Country Hit

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Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer, Different Park is one of several country music albums released by women this year. Kristin Barlowe/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Quiet As Kept, Women Dominated Country Music In 2013

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A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base

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The massive marketing campaign for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has gone way beyond trailers and commercials. Some critics say the journalists are embarrassing themselves — and some say the character has become tiresomely ubiquitous. Gemma LaMana/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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The 'Anchorman' Legend Continues, And It's Everywhere

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Hollywood's version of Iron Man 3 shown in China played down the rather unfortunately named baddie, The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. Marvel hide caption

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Hollywood's New Strategy: Supporting Chinese-Made Blockbusters

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Neflix To Stream Original Series Based On Marvel Characters

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Most Remaining Blockbusters To Close In January

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Lou Reed onstage in London in 1975 playing a transparent, Plexiglass guitar. Reed died Sunday. He was 71. Denis O'Regan/Getty Images hide caption

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Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies

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New Cable Channels Try To Lure Millennials Back To TV

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Canada's Alice Munro Awarded Nobel In Literature

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Kate (Malin Akerman) pitches in alongside husband Pete (Bradley Whitford) on her stepson's soccer practice in ABC's Trophy Wife. Danny Feld/ABC hide caption

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'Trophy Wife' Is More Than Just A Pretty Face On ABC

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David Saltzberg (right) hosts his "Geek of the Week," UCLA student Andrew Peck, on the set of The Big Bang Theory. Michael Yarish/Warner Bros. hide caption

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The Man Who Gets The Science Right On 'The Big Bang Theory'

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Technology Transforms TV Ratings And Ad Sales

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Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln), in between curses on AMC's The Walking Dead. Gene Page/AMC hide caption

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What The $@** Is Up On Cable These Days?

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The view down Main Street in Concord, N.H., reflects the community's small-town feel. Author Ben Winters doesn't live in Concord, but he sets his mystery novels there — he says the city's peaceful, unpretentious atmosphere makes it an appealing setting. Michel Gagnon/Flickr hide caption

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Awaiting The Apocalypse In The Quiet Town Of Concord

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