Alicia Keys' tummy bump is a baby bump, her reps have confirmed.
The transcendentally beatific R&B singer is expecting her first child. The papa is Swizz Beatz, a (non-Swiss) producer much prized for his work with Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Alicia and Swizz (Kasseem Dean) collaborated on the suggestive tune "Put It in a Love Song," from her new CD.
"Swizz and I started that song, and it created this really fun feeling," Alicia told USA Today in December.
The feeling was so powerful, the couple plan to wed later this year. Mr. Beatz, 31, has two sons, Kasseem Jr., 3, and Prince Nasir, 9, from previous relationships.
Kanye gives it to The Man
"The system broken, the schools closed, the prisons open." So intones hip-hop's most excessive egoist, Kanye West, on his new single, "Power," which has been leaked in good time to generate buzz before its June 8 street date.
Kanye mounts an enraged assault on The Man and gives a salute to President Obama, but also finds time to chide Saturday Night Live for mocking him and to cite a dozen slang terms for men's and women's genitalia. "I guess every superhero need his theme music," he raps. How true.
Tidbits & miscellanea
Jennifer Lopez, 40, and Marc Anthony, 41, will mark their sixth anniversary by renewing their vows on June 5. . . . Froth-pop singer Nick Jonas, 17, who had a kiddie role in Les Misérables in '03, will play Marius in a West End production of the very same musical, opening June 21 in London. . . . Robert Downey Jr. is trading in his iron tights for Victorian bloomies to shoot Sherlock Holmes 2 for a winter '11 release. . . . American Idol's top two, Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox, signed record deals less than 24 hours after the show's Wednesday finale. . . . Sarah Palin has erected a 14-foot-high fence at her Wasilla, Alaska, home to shield herself from her new neighbor, Joe McGinniss. He's also the author who's writing a tell-all about the beloved politico. . . . A leather-clad Rihanna behaves in a most sexual manner with model Laetitia Casta in her new, leaked music vid, "Te Amo." . . . Access Hollywood says Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 23, has replaced Megan Fox in Transformers 3. RH-W has no acting experience, but has good rapport with helmer Michael Bay: He directed her in a Victoria's Secret lingerie ad. Do you need other qualifications? . . . The Boston Herald says Harvard babe Ashley Judd on Thursday graduated with a mid-career master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Harvard also granted Meryl Streep an honorary degree.