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What's on your workout playlist? For Michele Obama, it's a whole lot of Beyonce

It’s not exactly clear why the listening habits of political figures are so fascinating. But they are fascinating, aren’t they?

Thanks to inquiring minds, we now know that Barack Obama is into Lil Wayne and Bill Clinton has a weakness for Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.”

The latest iPod revelation comes from First Lady Michelle Obama, who while promoting her “Let’s Move” campaign (which encourages young people to exercise and eat right), noted that when it comes to her own workouts, Beyoncé is tops.

“I always love Beyoncé, so anything that’s fast-paced that she’s doing is a good one for me,” the First Lady noted in response to a Twitter question during a video Q&A. “I have very eclectic taste, so my playlist on my iPod runs from fast-paced to a little more mellow.”

Of course, Bey’s “Move Your Body” is one of the big anthems for “Let’s Move,” and in the past has inspired both the First Lady’s Dougie and a Beyoncé-assisted flash mob. And if it’s a faster pace she’s looking for, it’s likely that Mrs. Obama’s favorite 4 tracks include “Countdown” and “Party.”

As somebody who is occasionally maniacal about working out, I can tell you that a gym-related playlist is pretty serious business. Some people prefer the adrenaline spike of hard rap or metal, while I’ve talked to others who prefer something they can get lost in (I knew one guy who swore that Air’s Moon Safari was the best workout album he had ever heard).

My personal playlist includes a lot of ’90s R&B, like Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison.” However, when I get into really serious running, I end up listening to a lot of Guns N’ Roses and Eminem. In fact, looking at my workout playlists on my iPod, I see that the two most-played songs are both Slim Shady tunes: the Pink-assisted “Won’t Back Down” and the Ja Rule dis “Go to Sleep.”

So on this Friday, we here at the Music Mix wonder: What songs help you blast your glutes and push you through the end of that 5K? Leave your favorite workout tracks in the comments below.

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Beyoncé Leads the Bé-Boys in 'Love On Top': Watch it Here

While she’s waiting on her new edition, Beyoncé’s fronting New Edition.

At least, that’s what it looks like in this new video for “Love on Top,” which finds Queen Béy in a big-windowed warehouse-like room, leading a five-man dance team in apparent tribute to New Edition’s “If It Isn’t Love” video.

Filmed pre-pregnancy (or at least pre-showing, which probably isn’t gonna help those fake baby-bump rumors), the video also shows Beyonce shimmying in suits that look like the one she wore during her famous tummy-rubbing reveal on the VMAs, while her Bé-boys back her up with their best Temptations moves.

Recently asked what was on her bucket list, she said, “I want to create a boy band.” Well, now she’s got one, and there’s another member on the way.

Watch her “smiling out from ear to ear” in the video, after the jump.

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It's not deflating, haters! Despite press rumors, Beyoncé says her baby bump isn't fake

Beyonce on 'Sunday Night HD'

Is Beyoncé wearing a prosthetic stomach?

Rumors started circulating about the very pregnant Sugar Mama after footage of her appearance on Sunday Night HD, an Australian talk show, began to surface online.

In the clip, Beyonce’s belly appears to deflate as she sits down, leading some viewers to think she’s faking her bump while a surrogate carries her child.

But before you conspiracy theorists get your tinfoil hats ready, Beyoncé’s rep, Yvette Noel-Schure, has already said the fake-bump rumors are “stupid, ridiculous and false.”

Aren’t there plenty of rational explanations for this? Awkward shadows cast from those unflattering TV lights? Maybe some wayward Spanx rolled down the wrong way? Plus, we’ve already seen The Pregnancé in a bikini, and it’s real.

Don’t make Jay-Z come after y’all. You can watch the video footage for yourself after the jump.

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'Michael Forever': Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Cee Lo Green, and Michael Jackson's children appear at controversial tribute show

Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Ne-Yo all performed at the controversy-plagued Michael Jackson tribute concert “Michael Forever” earlier today, according to the AP. Jackson’s three children — Paris, 13, Prince, 14, and Michael Joseph Jr., 9 — also appeared onstage to address the audience at the show, which took place in Cardiff, Wales.

Ne-Yo started the concert with a performance of “Billie Jean;” Jackson’s brothers Marlon, Tito, and Jackie tackled the Jackson 5 hit “Blame It On the Boogie” with British boy band JLS; and Christina Aguilera sang “Smile.” Meanwhile, Beyonce performed “I Wanna Be Where You Are” via satellite. The Jackson children returned to the stage for the finale, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

“Michael Forever” had attracted criticism for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it was set to coincide with the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of contributing to  Jackson’s death. Several of Jackson’s other siblings, including Janet, declined to take part in the concert and last week the Black Eyed Peas withdrew from the show, citing “unavoidable circumstances.”

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Beyonce's flashy, colorful 'Countdown' video: Watch it here!

Beyoncé may be pregnant with her first child, but she’s not going to let that slow her pop career down.

Queen B has just released the music video for her latest single “Countdown,” the funky jam that we all kinda wish had been the lead single off of 4, rather than “Run the World (Girls),” and it’s a twitchy, energetic, but slightly disjointed affair.

The video—which, judging by the distinct lack of a baby bump in some shots (though we do get a few glimpses), must have been shot at least partly before the VMAs—is a typical Beyoncé dance-fest featuring frenetic movement, flashing colors, and a whole lot of sexy outfits. (The video also features some serious bangs in some scenes yet no bangs in others, which  further solidifies the fact that I have no idea how women’s hair works.)

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Beyonce's pregnancy reveal breaks Twitter record: Why do we care so much?

When Beyoncé unbuttoned her purple sequined jacket Sunday night at the MTV’s 2011 Video Music Awards and revealed that she has something baking in her oven—her first child, to be exact—the building roared in celebration.

If you weren’t at Nokia Theater L.A. Live to experience it in person, the next best thing was logging on to your choice social network and shooting off your reaction. For millions, Twitter was their first destination.

Techland reports that fans hopped on the medium to express their shock, happiness, and such at a rate of 8,868 tweets per second. That beats news of Osama Bin Laden’s death in May, which drew in 5,106 tweets per second, and the Super Bowl, which earned 4,064 tweets.

Crazy, right? The question is why did so many people care so much? Well, for one, people looooooove them some Beyoncé. She’s a major pop star who, unlike most of her peers, has managed to steer clear of celeb shenanigans. Add the fact that she’s married to Jay-Z, arguably the best rapper ever, and that they both keep the details of their life together on the hush-hush and bam, here’s the answer: We’ve never seen them so excited to let a secret out of the bag! Watch them let it go after the jump:

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MTV 2011 VMAs: Beyonce's baby bump, the moving Amy Winehouse tribute, and other memorable moments

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards were an undeniably strange production. Lady Gaga performed an entire song as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone…and then stayed in character for the entire show. (One EW commenter on our live-blog noted that this was probably the longest time Gaga has ever spent in one outfit.) Comedian Kevin Hart opened with a curiously extended monologue expressing his disappointment that he wasn’t hosting the show, but his frequent appearances thereafter made it seem like he actually was the host. Also, Cloris Leachman was onstage with the Jersey Shore girls, thus opening up a rift in the space/time continuum.

But even without an instantly buzzworthy Kanye-Taylor event, the 28th-annual VMAs had a few high points, too. If you had to pick one defining moment, it would have to be Beyoncé’s baby bump. READ FULL STORY

MTV 2011 VMAs: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adele big winners

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Adele all won multiple Moon Men at the MTV 2011 Video Music Awards. Perry’s “Firework” won for Video of the Year, and she also took home a trophy with Kanye West for Best Collaboration for their sci-fi fantasia “E.T.” Perry harkened back to a previous VMAs show in her acceptance speech when she told her co-winner, “Now this is the time when you want to interrupt me, Kanye!” Lady Gaga — who spent the entire night dressed as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone — won Best Female and Best Video with a Message. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” meanwhile, took home multiple behind-the-scenes awards for editing, art direction, and cinematography.

Other winners included Britney Spears (who also took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award), Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Foo Fighters, and Tyler, The Creator. Check out a full list below:

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Beyonce debuts music video for '1+1': Watch it here

Beyoncé first debuted “1+1″  on the season finale of American Idol back in May, and it, of course, appeared on her recent album 4. But now the pop diva has dropped a music video for the love vocals-focused love ballad.

Unlike the heavily produced spectacles Beyoncé often does, the video for “1+1″ is simple, much like the song itself: Beyoncé appears alone for the most of the clip, sometimes glittery, sometimes with water cascading all over her body. But she’s always: dramatic! And often with her hair blowing everywhere. (Those wind machines should get a cut of her profits.) But of course, this is Lady B we’re talking about, so that’s all standard. Would you expect anything else? The whole thing may be rather simple, but it’s hard to take your eyes off it.

Take a gander at the music video here:

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Beyonce joins list of MTV VMA performers

On the heels of her four dazzling concerts last week at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom, MTV has just announced the Beyoncé will perform at their 2011 Video Music Awards this Sunday.

She’s a late addition to the roster, which includes Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Pitbull—though the show will not, as announced today, have a host.

“We are thrilled to have Beyoncé return to her rightful musical home at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards,” said Amy Doyle, executive producer of the VMAs and MTV’s EVP of Music & Talent, in a statement. “Her performances at the VMAs are legendary — leaving everyone breathless and talking for days. We can’t wait to see her set the stage on fire once again!”

She is nominated for three Moonmen this year including Best Female Video, Best Choreography and Best Cinematography, Though they did not reveal what song she’ll sing, we can’t wait either. It’s been two years since Beyoncé killed it on that stage with her monumental smash “Single Ladies.”

Are you looking forward to her set? Let us know.

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