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10 Famous People Who Don’t Care If Beyonce Did Or Didn’t Lip-Synch At The Inauguration

Beyonce Lip-Synch Controversy

Beyoncé definitely lip-synched during her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Monday’s presidential inauguration. Er, maybe she didn’t? No, she most certainly did. Hmmm. Better ask an expert. The constant back-and-forth over whether one of our most beloved national treasures sang a sacred, patriotic tune live or with assistance from a pre-recorded backing track has hijacked most of our attention at a time when we should probably be focusing on Barack Obama‘s second term, or complaining about the sudden frozen tundra we’re forced to walk across just to check the mail. Everyone has an opinion–and Beyoncé has remained quiet– so if you’re conflicted about what to feel about the Beyontroversy, perhaps your allegiance to some of these famous folks will help you out.

ALICIA KEYS
“The one thing that you cannot doubt is that she can sing. She absolutely can sing,” Keys told Capital FM. “All the rest of the ‘whys’ or ‘whatever,’ we know that she can deliver and she did deliver that song really beautifully.”

BETTE MIDLER
After inadvertently getting wrapped up in a misunderstanding between Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep obsessives following the Oscars, Midler was quick to remind us (and nearly 400,000 Twitter followers) of what’s important: “Ok #beyonce fudged. Get a grip. Men are raping and urinating on young girls in Steubenville Ohio. Priorities, people!”

ARETHA FRANKLIN
“I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather… she did a beautiful job with the pre-record… next time I’ll probably do the same,” the Queen of Soul, who performed at Obama’s 2009 inauguration, told ABC News.

PATTI LuPONE
The legendary Broadway star fielded only the toughest of questions (how could one possibly say something mean about Mandy Patinkin?!) from Bravo’s Andy Cohen. “SHE WAS SINGING LIVE I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS!” she said on Wednesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live.

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Justin Timberlake’s New Album Has A Release Date! And It’s Soon!

Justin Timberlake Announces Album Release Date

First a lyric video that shows an almost equal amount of words to suave shots of a certain someone getting their sexy back (again), and now a release date that’s less than two months away?! JT, you’re spoiling us. Justin Timberlake‘s third album, The 20/20 Experience, will be released on March 19, something those with killer eyesight and concentration most likely caught during their first viewing of  the new “Suit & Tie” clip. The date flashes onscreen at the tail end of the video, coming and going very, very quickly (around 5:20). But since it’s part of an official product created by the man himself, we have no choice to believe him. And be outrageously, perhaps irrationally, excited about it.

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Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie Featuring JAY Z” Lyric Video: Watch It Here!

After a quick, 30-second tease that was tearing up our heart, we’re pleased to give you the real thing. Justin Timberlake‘s official lyric video for “Suit & Tie Featuring JAY Z” dropped this morning, while you were happily living out your own superstar fantasies in dream land. Handsome JT continues to look handsome in the full clip, be in whether he’s slowly driving along the sunny streets of Los Angeles en route to his day job or posing for multiple flashing lights. It’s a way to see how the sausage gets made–the sausage being a talented multi-Grammy winner who needs little help prepping for a photo shoot and shares our passion for playing the air trumpet. There are plenty of fancy, titular objects to ogle as Timberlake goes through the process of getting dressed, the camera slowly scanning every inch of his dapper ensemble, pausing on his wedding ring–hi, Jessica–for better or for worse.

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Don’t Get Too Excited About Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Just Yet

Zedd Talks About Lady Gaga's ARTPOPNext up on this week’s conveyor belt of crushing disappointments (if you happen to be a patriotic Bey stan and Cruel Summer apologist who is also a bit of a monster): There won’t be new Lady Gaga music any time soon. What? Then why did I watch Mother Monster ruin perfectly good cake? Despite the promise of a third album from Gaga in the new year, MTV News has learned that ARTPOP is taking longer than originally planned. It’s still on its way, we’ll just need to wait a while–something we happen to have experience with.

Our friends across the dial spoke with Zedd, the 23-year-old producer and EDM artist who opened for Gaga on last year’s Born This Way Ball and has been collaborating with her on a new sound for ARTPOP despite both of their packed schedules. “The problem with her is obviously that I’m busy and I tour a lot, but she’s probably a lot busier than I am, so it’s hard to find time to work on something together,” he explained. “So we’ve been working on it for over a year now. There’s still a lot of work left, so we’re definitely gonna work on this project for the next month.” Isn’t being “busy”–or just flat-out tardy–what caused the Gaga-Kendrick Lamar collaboration to fall apart last fall? Read more…

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Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie Featuring JAY Z” Lyric Video: Watch An Exclusive Preview Here!

Justin Timberlake‘s grand return to music has not been without some teasing. He wanted to make sure he was ready, and that we were waiting patiently, willing to give him our full attention. As if there was any other choice!  Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie Featuring JAY Z” has already done monster sales since premiering online on January 13. And in preparation for what appears to be a full-blown return to making music–yay!–via one hotly anticipated album, The 20/20 Experience, Tuner has a first look at the official lyric video for his new single.

But it’s not your standard clip. Defying expectations that this should just be a bunch of words flashing across the screen, Timberlake himself cruises down Hollywood Boulevard spanning the busy streets of Los Angeles and the hallowed Hills Lauren and Heidi know all too well, to go about his business. Since he’s been gone for much more than a minute, it’s generous of Justin to show us what he’s been up to lately–and, the least he can do after our wedding invitation got lost in the mail.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: No One Misses My So-Called Life As Much As Tegan & Sara

When a great television series is taken out to pasture, where can fans go to mourn together peacefully? Tumblr, for one, but what about the welcoming halls of VH1? We missed Best Week Ever so much we brought it back!

Tegan & Sara were gracious enough to stop by VH1 HQ to chat about their upcoming album Heartthrob–a 2013 release we can’t wait to hear–as well as the ’90s television shows they miss the most, and the vintage fashions they otherwise regret. The music video for lead single “Closer” has a distinct ’90s feel, and the band has previously said it was inspired by one of their favorite shows: the criminally short-lived but eternally beloved, My So-Called Life. Because we’re television junkies around these parts, too, we couldn’t help but ask them to elaborate on their early fascination with Angela, Rickie and Rayanne.

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Train To Perform At “VH1′s Best Super Bowl Concert Ever” Live From New Orleans

Train Performing at VH1's Best Super Bowl Concert Ever

The Super Bowl isn’t the Super Bowl without some major parties, which is why we’re thrilled to announce that Train will be headlining “VH1′s Best Super Bowl Concert Ever, live from New Orleans before this year’s big game. And now that we know who will be suiting up (both on and off the field) it’s time to start planning: The fun kicks off on Friday, February 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with a live broadcast on VH1.com. Former Super Bowl champ turned morning show host Michael Strahan will serve as one of the evening’s MCs, along with VH1′s very own Carrie Keagan.

With less than two weeks to go, we’ll be sure to update you with additional scheduled appearances from NFL greats and even more of your musical favorites. In the meantime, get all the details from the official press release that just hit wires:

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Not So Fast! The Marine Corps Band Isn’t So Sure Beyoncé Was Lip-Synching After All

After ruining our belief that yesterday’s inauguration ceremony was picture perfect, from above-freezing weather to Al Roker‘s two successful sideline interviews, the U.K. crushed our dreams with reports that Beyoncé‘s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was rehearsed, pre-recorded, and totally fake. Pause for a requisite “noOOOooo!”

Now, the Marine Corps Band–who originally fed the intel to the London Times–is back-tracking on its statements. According to the Associated Press, Capt. Gregory Wolf, another spokesman for the Marine Corps, claimed that because of lack of rehearsal time, a live rendition from Beyoncé and the band was deemed “ill advised.” Wolf went on to state that, “no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.” To the left, to the left, spokeswoman who shall not be named.

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Save The Date: A New Vampire Weekend Album Is Coming In May

Vampire Weeekend Announce New Album May 7

There is light at the end of this cold, cruel winter, namely in the form of a new Vampire Weekend album. Rejoice! It’s been way too long, yes? Vampire Weekend’s third album will be released on May 6 or 7, the Columbia grads have announced via their website, home to all things VDub as well as awesome re-imagined versions of George Washington crossing the Delaware.  The still untitled LP will be their first since 2010′s Contra, and the lengthy wait may have tortured those of you who have become accustomed to Rihanna-like release schedules. But, as Ezra Koenig (and Cheryl Cole) will tell us, sometimes you have to fight for things you love. In this context “fight” means “respectfully wishing and hoping,” in case that wasn’t clear.

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New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men And 98 Degrees To Star In The Boy Band Tour Of Your Dreams

NKOTB To Tour With 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men

The New Kids on the Block may have lost their most recent tour buddies to the recording studio but it appears they’re still operating under the principle that two (or more) boy bands are better than one. Yes, NKOTB is hitting the road in 2013, and once again they have invited some pals who know what it’s like to have female fans faint in their presence and tattoo their names to their own skin.

Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees will join New Kids on the Block for 28 swoon-worthy nights this summer, akin to those previously confined to our dreams–the kind that usually happen after one two many glasses of red and multiple engagement notifications on Facebook. But this–this!–is why we stick with boy bands through thick and thin: they always come back to us. The group announced the 2013 tour Tuesday morning on The View and is housing all the information you’ll ever need on the subject in a neat and devilishly-named site called The Package. Allow your mind to wander…

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