Stop The Presses!

May 24-30: Background Check: Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’ Fiancé

Stop The Presses!

A rep for Alicia Keys confirmed Friday the singer is indeedpregnant by and engaged to rapper/producer Swizz Beatz.


Keys and Beatz's baby on the way is going to be one luckykid. The child will be able to boast having a mom who is one of popmusic's most beautiful, talented and successful singers.

But what about the dad?

Well, Beatz is by no means a scrub. In fact, Beatz, 31, isone of the most in-demand music producers in the marketplace.

In addition to producing Keys' Beyonc

é duet "Put It In ALove Song" from Keys' The Element OfFreedom album, and a bonus track on her last set, As I Am, Beatz has penned hits for Beyoncé ("Get Me Bodied," "CheckOn It," "Upgrade U," and "Ring The Alarm"), Jay-Z ("On To The Next"), Mary J.Blige ("Just Fine"), and T.I. ("Bring Em Out").

Plus, the Brooklyn native has worked with essentially everybig name in popular music-Lil' Wayne, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, Maroon5, R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Eve, and Fantasia, toname a few.

Beatz, whose birth name is Kasseem Dean, started producingmusic when he was a teenager, and scored his first hits working with DMX. Hiswork was featured prominently on DMX's first six albums, including the most of tracks on the rapper's sophomore set, FleshOf My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood.

Beatz is an artist himself. He has released three soloalbums and often raps on songs he has produced.

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His works have appeared on more than 100 million albumssold.

Beatz and Keys collaborated on Whitney Houston's song"Million Dollar Bill" from her I Look ToYou comeback album.

This will be Beatz's second marriage. He recently divorced singerMashonda Tifrere, with whom he has two sons.

The week opened with the tragic news of the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray. Gray was found dead Tuesday at a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa,the band's hometown. The band's surviving members made their first publicappearance without their trademark masks Tuesday when attending a pressconference to discuss the news.

Additionally, Simon Cowell spent his last day on the job asan American Idol judge, and BretMichaels, who recently experienced a brain hemorrhage and warning stroke, washired by Donald Trump on CelebrityApprentice.


1) AllHope Is Gone - Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, 38, found dead.

2) Unbreakable- Ailing Bret Michaels wins CelebrityApprentice.

3) AWoman's Worth - Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz announce pregnancy andengagement.

4) HotAnd Cold - American Idol names new winner loses top judge.

5) DropIt Like It's Hot - 50 Cent loses 54 pounds for movie role.

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