Obama releases his inauguration playlist

  • Updated: January 17, 2013 - 9:49 PM

President Obama is preparing for all the musicians set to perform at his inauguration festivities by releasing an official playlist. He released the 16-track playlist, which also includes music by some of his favorite artists, through the digital music service Spotify on Thursday. The list includes jams by Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Usher and fun. They will all perform at different inaugural events, which start Saturday in Washington, D.C. Obama's list also includes John Legend's "Ordinary People," "Firework" by Katy Perry, James Taylor's "Your Smiling Face" and the "Glee" cast version of Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory." Other artists include Marc Anthony, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Cannon and Mindless Behavior. Inauguration Day is Monday.

Kardashian wants to 'be more private'

As the tabloids speculated about whether Jessica Simpson is expecting again (she is) and the media zeroed in on Kate Middleton's acute morning sickness, Kim Kardashian says it was nice to be out of the media spotlight during the early stages of her pregnancy. "I'm obviously so happy for them, but if anything I loved the privacy," the 32-year-old reality TV star said. That bit of privacy went out the window when Kardashian's boyfriend, Kanye West, 35, revealed during a Dec. 30 concert in Atlantic City, N.J., that they are expecting their first child together. Now that the word is out, Kardashian -- whose divorce from NBA player Kris Humphries, a former prep star at Hopkins High, is not finalized -- says her motherly instincts have made her pull back from being so open about her personal life. "Certain things change your life that make you want to be more private and this is definitely one of them." Kardashian says she is due in July.

ROCKING ST. PAUL: Kid Rock, "Like a Rock" and two generations of blue-collar rock fans will meet up in St. Paul on March 15 when Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band join the "All Summer Long" hitmaker at Xcel Energy Center on a co-headlining tour. Tickets ($67-$87) go on sale Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the X's box office. Both from the Detroit area, the 42-year-old rap-rocker gave the induction speech when Seger, 67, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, and they have performed on each other's albums. Both singer has a strong Twin Cities-area following, as Seger filled up Xcel Center on his own in 2011 and the Kid packed Mystic Lake's amphitheater last summer.

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