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Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba

Jay and Bey simply cannot catch a break. The couple recently vacationed in Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. But they immediately came under fire from legislators (and the general public) who questioned how and why they were able to visit a country the U.S. restricts its citizens from traveling to. Rather than release a statement, Jay-Z released a new song, "Open Letter," to tackle criticisms. I wouldn’t have it any other way. (The video, above, features the clean version of the song, with the unedited version available on YouTube.) Everyone was talking about the song following its release — even White House representatives, who issued a formal response.

Baseball brawl

Fights erupting in sports aren’t all that uncommon, but this one left Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke with a broken left collarbone. Here’s what happened: when San Diego Padres player Carlos Quentin was up to bat, he got hit with a pitch from Greinke. According to ESPN, Quentin began walking to the mound until Greinke appeared to say something to him — at which point Quentin charged toward the pitching mound. Players from both sides erupted onto the field, and Greinke ended up with his arm in a sling. He explained that he never intended to hit Quentin. Don Mattingly, Dodgers manager, said "That’s just stupid is what it is. " Well said.

Tween idols are back

Remember when Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers were all just Disney stars? Well, not anymore. We sort of got a taste of their forays into mainstream music a while back, particularly with Miley. Many of her singles got play on mainstream radio stations, while she also dabbled in acting. But she recently released a new song, which is actually a collaboration with Snoop Dogg, called "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks" — I like it! Check it out at left. Meanwhile, Selena, Demi, and the JoBros are back, too, with new music and new videos and new tours. I should probably be ashamed of this, but I’m not — I looove the new Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato songs, "Come and Get It" and "Heart Attack," respectively. Our needs for music by tween-stars-turned-adults have effectively been fulfilled.


What were you talking about this week?