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New York Health Department investigating Beyonce's birth controversy

Beyoncégaté rages on.

No, not the online shenanigans surrounding Blue Ivy Carter’s supposed Satanism, though that is still alive and, um, well.

It’s Beyoncé’s reportedly million-dollar garcinia cambogia extract endorsement delivery that’s still fueling controversy: she and Jay-Z were said to have dropped $1.3 million to reserve multiple executive suites and subsequently received preferential treatment, causing Lenox Hill Hospital to be hit by complaints and protests from parents whose names don’t end in “-Z” or “é.”

Patients who were at the hospital at the time allege that they were blocked from seeing their newborns due to security guards hired by the Carter-Knowles clan, claims that the New York State Health Department are now investigating more fully.

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Madonna signs three-album contract with Interscope, continues comeback run

Though she inked an extremely high-profile “360” deal with Live Nation back in 2007, Madonna still needs the label system to distribute her new music. After spending the entirety of her career in the bosom of Warner Bros., she has signed on with Interscope for a three album deal. According to Billboard, she’ll earn a base of $1 million per album, starting with her next release (which is reportedly near completion and scheduled to be released some time in 2012).

That seems like a pretty paltry sum for one of the biggest icons in pop music history, though remember that she will still be collecting from her Live Nation deal through 2017 (and the fact that her Sticky & Sweet tour grossed $408 million doesn’t hurt, either).

It works out well for everybody, as Live Nation doesn’t have to muck about with the business of distributing new music, Interscope gets another marquee star for its roster for a relatively small investment, and Madonna gets a few more million dollars to cover the inevitable W.E. losses.

In fact, Madonna’s signing makes way more sense than any of the deals currently being tossed about among baseball general managers. The Angels threw $254 million for 10 years of service from first baseman Albert Pujols, somehow expecting that he’ll provide $25 million in service when he’s 40 years old (since statistically he’s already on the decline).

Assuming she takes three years between albums, Madonna will be 60 when she releases the final album under her Interscope contract. While that sounds somewhat problematic in a vacuum, Madonna has been an innovator and a shape-shifter for the entirety of her career.

Even her missteps (*cough*American Life*cough*) are pretty interesting, and though her last two albums saw her turn up the juice on the four-on-the-floor BPMs, there’s no reason to suspect she won’t keep shifting to fit both herself and the current pop market. If she keeps delivering stylistic shakeups like the recently-leaked “Masterpiece,” she should be just fine.

What do you think of Madonna’s new deal? What do you think Madonna will sound like at 60? Open your hearts to us in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:
It’s official: Madonna to perform at Super Bowl half-time show
Madonna debuts new song ‘Masterpiece’ — and we might like it
Madonna enlists Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. for next album

Amy Winehouse biopic still a possibility: Family would consider supporting project which 'told the truth' -- EXCLUSIVE

A spokesperson for Mitch Winehouse has told EW that the father of the late Amy Winehouse would consider allowing his daughter’s music to be used in a biopic.

Various recent media reports had quoted Mitch Winehouse as saying he would never allow Amy’s life story to be told in a film. But Winehouse’s spokesperson claims this is inaccurate and that “Mitch and the family would entertain ideas perhaps for a film but only one they were sure would tell the truth.”

However, Mitch Winehouse has poured cold water on the reports that Lady Gaga is set to play his daughter in a biopic. “I never said Lady Gaga will play Amy,” he wrote on his Twitter page yesterday.

Read more:
Lioness: Hidden Treasures
New Amy Winehouse track, ‘Between the Cheats': Hear it here
Listen to Amy Winehouse’s unreleased Nas duet ‘Like Smoke’

Adele says fans may have to wait a while for her next record

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When Entertainment Weekly visited with Adele last spring, the singer said that she couldn’t wait to get back into the studio and record the follow-up to her hugely successful 21.

“I need to write my record,” explained the British chanteuse. “[My heart] is already broke. That’s why I need to write the record.” But Adele seems to have changed her tune about recording new tunes.

In a new email interview with Billboard, the 23 year old, who is currently recovering from throat surgery, makes clear that she is now in no hurry to return to the studio: “I imagine I’ll be 25 or 26 by the time my next record comes out, as I haven’t even thought about my third record yet. I’m just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just ‘be’ for a bit. I’ll disappear and come back with a record when it’s good enough. There will be no new music until it’s good enough and until I’m ready.” READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga releases 14-minute-long video for 'Marry the Night': Watch here!

One of the beautiful things about most music videos is that you can watch them in just a few — or maybe four or five — minutes, max.

But leave it to Lady Gaga to unspool a mini-movie that’s half the length of a sitcom episode. Folks, Little Monsters, and everyone else: Gaga has released her epic, 14-minute-long music video for her latest single “Marry the Night.”

And, as ever, the clip is a trip to Total Crazyville, population: 1, Lady Gaga — filled with a surreal visit to the ER, ballerinas, Cheerio-hording, naked bathtub writhing, Fame-style dance sessions, and cars catching fire.

Settle in for 14 minutes and watch the “Marry the Night” video below, but note that if you want to, you know, get right to the song, you’ll need to skip to about the 8-minute mark:

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Lady Gaga announces release of surprise holiday EP: Hear a new track here

If you aren’t in the holiday spirit already, Lady Gaga is determined to get you there by this weekend.

First there was the barrage of ads for her A Very Gaga Thanksgiving special, airing tomorrow night; then, she launched her window bonanza at Barneys.

And now, making your traveling this weekend a little easier, she has also just announced on Twitter she is putting out a surprise mini-holiday release, A Very Gaga Holiday. I guess Lady Gaga: Total Holiday Domination was taken.

The four-track EP, all culled live from her Thanksgiving special and available now on iTunes, includes “White Christmas,” “Orange Colored Sky,” “You and I,” and “Edge of Glory.”

For a long time, many fans have been clamoring for some kind of EP or acoustic CD to really showcase her voice, as oppose to the fashion, flash, and onstage “decapitations.” After her well-received duet with Tony Bennett, this seems to be another step in that direction. The songs show how much her voice really is well-suited for the big-band and jazz-era stylings on these tunes — much like her slowed-down, showstopping performance of “Edge of Glory” on Howard Stern.

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December's 'VH1 Divas' adds Chaka, Eryka, Estelle, and -- yes -- some boys

Divas, make way! VH1 has added a bevy of other ladies — and, yes, some dudes, too — to the line-up for its annual special VH1 Divas, including Chaka Kahn (pictured here), Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius. The non-diva entities –i.e. those who have a Y chromosome — added include Boyz II Men and Travie McCoy.

The seven new acts join the previously announced divas, which include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott. The Roots will serve as the house band for the engagement.

VH1 Divas will celebrate soul this year, honoring so-called “soulful cities” — Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis, and Philadelphia — that inspired the participating divas and their art. The special airs Monday, Dec. 19, at 9 p.m. on VH1.

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Read more:
‘VH1 Divas': See Kelly Clarkson’s promotional poster — EXCLUSIVE
Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch, and Jennifer Hudson to headline this year’s ‘VH1 Divas’

Beyonce releases nostalgic video for 'I Was Here': Watch it here

She lived. She loved. At some point, she danced in neon overalls.

According to her new DVD, Live at Roseland: Elements of 4, which was shot during a New York show in August and finds Beyoncé telling her life story through her songs, Bey has done a whole lot of amazing things in her life. And you can see some of them in this clip for “I Was Here,” the wistful weepie from her album 4, written by Diane Warren.

Splicing together her home movies with footage from major performances and awards shows, the clip features (among other things) Baby Beyoncé doing the snake in her living room, performing in her finest TLC-inspired neon overalls, hugging Michael Jackson, performing with Prince and Tina Turner, and revealing her baby-oncé bump on MTV.

Of all the moments captured in the montage, the best are the everyday behind-the-scenes moments: the sometimes-awkward teenage hair, the goofy fooling around on a Slip ‘N Slide, the scene where she tries on her (apparently real-life) wedding dress. It’s not often that anyone gets to see the ultra-media-trained star when she’s unguarded, and even if this video’s a bit more professional-looking than most people’s home movies, it’s the closest thing I’ve seen so far to Bey just being Bey.

Check out the footage below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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'VH1 Divas': See Kelly Clarkson's promotional poster -- FIRST LOOK

A few weeks back, Kelly Clarkson, Florence Welch, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott were all announced as the headliners at this year’s VH1 Divas, which is set to celebrate soul music this year when it airs Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.

As we steamroll closer to that date, VH1 has shared with EW the first look at fave Kelly Clarkson’s poster promoting the big night. In it, Clarkson is, in a word, looking Stronger, mostly because the photo used is taken from the artwork from her latest album. Clarkson has been in bed with VH1 quite a bit lately, as she also recently did an Unplugged special for the network to raise awareness for Stronger.

Anticipate Ms. Clarkson’s return to the Divas stage by taking a gander at the poster here:

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?uestlove guests on posthumous Amy Winehouse album

Amy Winehouse had written all the songs that were to appear on her third album. She even picked out song titles. But music producer Salaam Remi said the soul singer, who died over the summer, was not rushing to release that new material, instead planning to drop a jazz album first with a “supergroup” including ?uestlove of the Roots. “She had written down everything she wanted to do,” Remi said Tuesday.

Only two of the tracks Winehouse wrote were recorded and appear on her compilation album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, out Dec. 5 in the United Kingdom, and a day later in America. READ FULL STORY

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