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Published: Wed, January 23, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Beyonce lip synced anthem at inaugural

WASHINGTON

Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem during her rousing performance at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, according to the U.S. Marine Band.

A band spokeswoman told news outlets Tuesday that the band was notified at the last minute that Beyonce would use a pre-recorded voice track. The band played their instruments live.

All inaugural music is pre-recorded in case weather conditions or other circumstances could interrupt the program.

A representative for Beyonce did not respond immediately to requests for comment. Kelly Clarkson’s representative said she sang live to perform “My Country, ’Tis of Thee.”

The use of a recording is typical in big events. In 2009, cellist Yo-Yo Ma was questioned about “hand-syncing” for Obama’s first inauguration. Ma said instruments weren’t functioning properly in 19-degree weather.

New Kids, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men form tour

NEW YORK

New Kids On the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men are teaming up for a summer tour.

The groups announced “The Package Tour” on Tuesday morning on “The View” and also performed. It’s the first time on tour in 12 years for 98 Degrees.

New Kids On the Block also announced a new single, “Remix (I Like The),” will be released Monday, and a new album, “10,” is out April 2.

The three bands sold millions of records in the 1980s and ’90s and helped usher in a wave of vocal groups that continues today.

The tour starts May 31 in Uncasville, Conn., and continues into July with more than 30 dates.

Sirius radio creating comedy channel

NEW YORK

Sirius XM Radio and Comedy Central are teaming up to create a new channel on the satellite- radio service devoted to showcasing the television network’s stable of stand-up comics.

The companies said Tuesday that they hope to launch the channel this spring, preferably around April Fools’ Day. Sirius already has eight channels devoted to comedy, including Laugh USA, Blue Collar Comedy, Raw Dog Comedy and Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole.

Vindicator wire services


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