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Britney in the Studio with Will.i.am, Collaborating with Ke$ha?

Along with producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, Britney Spears announced on Twitter yesterday she was working with the Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am on her forthcoming seventh album, "Femme Fatale." Spears implied the collaboration is producing solid results, tweeting, "You guys are gonna love this one." Spears is also reportedly collaborating with Ke$ha, who penned a new dance tune for Spears titled "Till The World Ends" that may appear on the album. ( @britneyspears, Just Jared)

Keri Hilson and The Roots To Perform at Grammy After-Pary

Keri Hilson and the Roots are scheduled to perform along with DJ Wayne and members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the 2011 Grammy Celebration, the Recording Academy's official Grammy Awards after-party on Sunday (Feb. 13). The 5000-guest event will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center right after the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Christina Aguilera Offered National Anthem Do-Over

After Christina Aguilera's botched National Anthem at the Super Bowl, minor-league baseball team the Brooklyn Cyclones have extended her an opportunity for redemption. The Class A farm team for the New York Mets invited Aguilera to perform the Star Spangled Banner before one of their home games this summer."When a player makes a mistake, they usually don't get a shot at redemption," said Cyclones general manager Steve Cohen in a statement. "But with a singer, that's a different story." ( ESPN)

Cee Lo Green To Perform With Puppets At Grammys

When Cee Lo Green takes the stage at Feb. 13's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards to perform his hit song "F--- You," he will be joined not only by Gwyneth Paltrow but by a group of puppets. Brian Henson, son of renowned puppeteer Jim Henson, will supply a few of the Henson Co.'s puppets to Green for the performance. "We have a live theater show in New York called 'Stuffed and Unstrung,' and we've taken a bunch of the characters from that cast and made them into a band and backup singers for Cee-Lo," Henson says. "He'll be backed by puppets who will make up a very weird and cool band." ( Spinner)

The-Dream Expects New Album Release This Summer

R&B singer-producer The-Dream announced on the purple carpet of last night's "Never Say Never" premiere in Los Angeles that he expects to release a new album this August. His fourth album, the follow-up to last year's "Love King," will be the first since his split with singer Christina Milian. ( RapRadar)

Flaming Lips Prep Vinyl Boxset

In addition to a spring/summer tour, the Flaming Lips have announced the release of a new vinyl boxset. "Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records, 1992-2002" will include all of the Lips' albums between 1992 and 2002, save for 1997's "Zaireeka." The limited-edition set will hit stores on April 16. ( Pitchfork)

(Reporting by Katie Morgan, Jason Lipshutz, Ricardo Gomez and Kevin Rutherford)

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