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Justin Bieber Not Retiring or Quitting Music

Image courtesy of Island Def Jam (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Island Def Jam (via ABC News Radio)

While many haters out there may wish that it were true, Justin Bieber is not, in fact quitting music, nor is he retiring.

During an interview with an L.A. radio station, Justin said with a straight face that he was "retiring," and added, "I think I'm probably gonna quit music."  This, of course, sent the online world into a tizzy, with distraught fans howling in dispair and disbelief, and major entertainment news outlets speculating as to whether or not Justin was serious. In a word: he wasn't. 

A source close to the singer tells ABC News Radio that he was joking when he made those comments, and even clarified that he was kidding by the end of the interview.

Justin plans to release a collection of his recent digital singles, called Journals , on Monday, and Billboard has reported that he plans to spend 2014 focused on recording a brand-new album.

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