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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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Lady Gaga and Cher duet 'The Greatest Thing' coming in September: Sample Gaga's demo here!

The release of a much-anticipated collaboration between Lady Gaga and Cher—a song titled “The Greatest Thing,” written by Gaga and producer RedOne—is just around the corner: Yesterday, in response to a follower’s query about when the song would be out, Cher tweeted simply, “SEPTEMBER.” Here’s an appropriate response: Praise divas!

“The Greatest Thing” is set to be the lead single from Cher’s 26th studio album, which has been in the works for quite some time now. Last year, the superstar told EW that she was working with Diane Warren, the legendary songwriter behind Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and two tunes from Burlesque, including Cher’s power ballad “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me.”

“It really won’t be ‘Believe’-ish,” she said of the album at that early stage. “It will be more…I don’t know how to say it. I can’t put a genre to it. It’s a little bit more real instruments, like guitars and stuff like that.” As recently as June, Cher tweeted that her new, still untitled album will be “WAY DANCE.” (Could that be the title? Ha.)

No official release date has been set for the album or the single yet, but you can sleep soundly knowing that a sure-to-be-delicious diva collaboration—and a diva comeback!—is coming soon. Consider it your gift for being so good this summer.

Curious about “The Greatest Thing” and what it might sound like? You’re in luck, since a demo version of the song, sung in full by only Gaga, is on the nets. It sounds sort of “Believe”-ish, if you ask me. Enjoy it here:

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Beyonce performs first of four-night run of her new '4' album at small NYC theater -- an EW review

Only Beyoncé can call performing to a sold-out audience of 3,500 an “intimate affair” with a straight face.

If there’s anything to be learned from the R&B pop talent’s magnificent set last night at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom for her 4 Intimate Nights With Beyoncé run, it’s that Beyoncé’s bigger than any ballroom.

Queen B’s manic swarm of fans attacked the venue early, shoving and jostling through Roseland’s severely undermanned entrance, then rammed their way up to prime viewing real estate in the standing-room-only floor setup. Clear-eyed and swift, none seemed under the influence of a controlled substance. But obviously, they were high on excitement.

Just after 10pm, Beyoncé’s band arrived. For this evening, the first of four in the mini-series concluding Aug. 19 (All dates are sold out; sorry, guys), she brought along not just a drummer, keyboarder, and guitarist, but also a horn section and an orchestra—all women, cramped up on stage like an extremely concentrated dose of musical girl power.

Then came the lady of the hour. In a shimmering gold dress, Beyoncé opened with a refresher course of how a young lady from Houston, Texas, became a pop icon. Similar to her 2009 stint in Las Vegas (I Am… Yours) at the Wynn, the show began with a performance of the Jackson 5’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” which was followed by an audio autobiography of sorts.

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On the scene: Celine Dion live in Las Vegas. Holograms, Michael Jackson, and more!

Back in March, when Celine Dion’s new show “Celine” opened in Las Vegas, my colleague Tanner Stransky posed a very important question: Will you make it to Sin City to see it?

As a huge (non-closeted) Celine fan, I gave a resounding “yes!” and began my Celine countdown. To say I was excited would be an understatement. So I rounded up some travel partners (otherwise known as my mom and grandmother), and we left for Sin City with only one thing on our agenda—see Celine live at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. (Seriously. We had no other plans.)

Before the show started, I chatted with a publicist for The Colosseum who told me, “well, if you’re already a Celine fan you’re going to love the show. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. It will be great.” I figured I’d enjoy the show. But laugh and cry? Probably not. Famous last words…

I had seen Celine once before on her Taking Chances World Tour, and she sang only her own music, so I was pleasantly surprised that last night’s show included a number of non-Celine classics. She opened the show with Journey’s “Open Arms,” then took it way back to the basics with her “Where Does My Heart Beat Now,” got the crowd to sing along at her request to “Because You Loved Me,” and then went right into “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.” I’m so used to botching this song during karaoke, it was refreshing to hear it as it’s meant to be heard. She finished off the first set of songs with “I’m Your Lady.” Yes you are, Celine. Yes you are. READ FULL STORY

Lost Elliott Smith song, 'The Real Estate,' surfaces on his high school friend's charity disc

Singer-songwriter Elliott Smith in 2003.

For those who thought they’d bootlegged every last possible song from the late indie-rock hero Elliott Smith, it’s your lucky day.

An unreleased Smith track called “The Real Estate” will appear July 19 on Live from Nowhere Near You II, a new three-disc benefit comp curated by Kevin Moyer. When we first heard the news, we wondered (as we sifted through our own stacks of Smith recordings), how did it resurface eight years after Smith’s death?

Turns out Moyer went to high school with Smith in downtown Portland, Oregon. He originally reached out to Smith years ago when he was working on the first volume of the compilation, which benefits Outside In, a Portland-based charity for homeless youth, but Smith didn’t end up contributing.

“I think this was either smack in the middle of his downward spiral or during his subsequent rise and recovery from it,” Moyer said in a statement. Sadly, a few months after the charity record was released, he learned that Smith had passed away. “I was completely and totally devastated, and still am.”

Years afterward, Moyer met up with Larry Crane, who owns Portland’s Jackpot! Studio, where Smith often recorded. Crane had just finished mixing Smith’s posthumous release New Moon, and as he listened to unreleased tracks with Moyer, they discovered an unlabeled mystery track hiding between two other known songs on a DAT tape.

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Chris Brown and Justin Bieber stand by their girls in 'Next to You' video: Watch here

Song of the summer alert! With their mid-tempo love cut “Next 2 You,” Chris Brown and Justin Bieber might have the jam pop radio will be spinning for months to come.

This morning, Brown released the apocalyptic video for his latest single. “One day when the sky is falling/ I’ll be standing right next to you/ Nothing will ever come between us/ ’cause I’ll be standing right next to you,” the two sing on the hook. And their promises are certainly tested in the clip. The world’s coming to an end, literally tearing the fellas away from their ladies.

Will Chris and Justin get to stand by their sides when it all falls down? Check out the video after the jump.

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Rebecca Black's 'Friday' remains pulled from YouTube. A nation mourns?

UPDATE, 7 p.m. ET, June 17: It’s Friday and Rebecca Black’s video remains off of YouTube, after a purported “Director’s Cut” was yanked off-line as well.

“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black. Sorry about that.” Those horrifying words are now what greets anyone seeking out the official music video of Rebecca Black’s generational pop anthem, “Friday,” on YouTube. READ FULL STORY

New Carla Bruni song for charity disc with Sheryl Crow, Roseanne Cash, and more: Hear it here -- EXCLUSIVE

In the ’90s, glamazons Carla Bruni and Christy Turlington stalked the high-fashion catwalks and dated rock stars like it was their job—which, as supermodels, it sort of was.

Today, Turlington is a documentary filmmaker and activist for maternal health through her Every Mother Counts foundation, and Bruni is, famously, the First Lady of France, and also a platinum-selling singer-songwriter.

Now the two are reunited via Turlington’s (now Turlington Burns’) upcoming No Woman No Cry, a film following four at-risk pregnant women around the world.

Bruni, along with Patti Scialfa, Sheryl Crow, Angelique Kidjo, Roseanne Cash, and Martha Wainwright, contribute to the album, a companion piece to the documentary, which is set to premiere on the OWN Network on May 7.

Find Bruni’s gentle, lovely  “Le Loup, La Biche et Le Chevalier (Une Chanson Douce)” after the jump:

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Hardly heralded R&B singers Marsha Ambrosius and Melanie Fiona fill New York City's Irving Plaza with soul

Every couple of years the same question is asked of R&B music: “What happened to it?”

The inquiry is made as if the genre is dead or has mutated into something grossly unfamiliar. Sure, top-tier artists like Usher and Beyoncé seemingly have both feet firmly planted in pop music. But essentially, they are rhythm and blues singers.

The problem is, to me at least, that what R&B purists are looking for—soulful, non-Auto-Tune–assisted voices sans European club-inspired bass lines and obnoxious synths—is hard to find. Or maybe folks just aren’t looking hard enough.

Last night a capacity crowd piled into New York City’s Irving Plaza to catch two oh-so-talented yet not-so-famous R&B songstresses, Universal Motown’s Melanie Fiona and J’s Marsha Ambrosius, for BET’s Music Matters tour. READ FULL STORY

Sugarland and Little Big Town cover Madonna's 'Like a Prayer': Should it have been a country song from the get-go?

Should Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” maybe have been a country song this whole time? Don’t worry: I realize what I’ve opened myself up to by asking that question.

Madonna freaks—i.e. most of the world—will fry me. (I welcome the hate commentary below!) But seriously, that’s what I asked myself as I watched this cover of the classic Madge song by Sugarland and Little Big Town, recorded live at a concert in Bloomington, IL, on Friday night. It’s real good.

I think my affection for “Like a Prayer” as a country song is a three-parter: 1) I’m so familiar with the song. Like, what cover of “Like a Prayer” wouldn’t be good? 2) The semi-religious undertones (overtones?) in the song—well, at least the use of the word “prayer”—very much seem at home in any country song. Right? Seems like it to me, at least, and the Sugarland/LBT folks give it a pureness. And, lastly, 3) Jennifer Nettles just rules; her voice gives me chills. Throw in Little Big Town—who Sugarland is pretty regularly collaborating with at this point—and it’s just all that much better. This six-some did Madonna justice. Watch here:

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