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Pharrell on Neptunes LP, Lily Allen Engaged + More

  • Pharrell is shifting gears from N.E.R.D. to work on a new album from his production team Neptunes in 2011. “This new Neptunes record we’re working on right now is vicious. It’s definitely harder – it totally demands sweat,” he said. [Exclaim]

  • Lily Allen is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Sam Cooper, who reportedly popped the question over the holiday while the couple were on vacation in the Far East. The engagement follows the recent news that Allen miscarried the baby she was expecting with Cooper when she was six months pregnant. [The Sun]

  • Elton John, 62, and his husband David Furnish, 48, are the parents of a baby boy, born via surrogate mother on Christmas Day. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. “We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,” John said. [Us Weekly]

  • Download a new Alicia Keys song, “Speechless,” featuring Ruff Ryder alum Eve. The track, which won’t appear on an album, is part of Keys’ producer-husband Swizz Beatz’s new Monster Mondays song giveaway series. [Monster Mondays]

  • Starting New Year’s Day, Avril Lavigne will offer her new single, “What the Hell,” off her March 8 album Goodbye Lullaby, as a free download for 48 hours via her Facebook page. [Facebook]

  • Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Madonna are included on Forbes’ list of Hollywood’s 20 Highest Earners of 2010. On the list, the music stars rub elbows with other show biz honchos like Oprah, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and James Cameron. [MTV]

  • Troubled rapper DMX, who was recently sentenced to a year in prison for parole violation, was moved to a mental health unit at Arizona’s Alahambra Prison complex on December 20. At his sentencing on December 16, Judge Christine Mulleneaux noted that the rapper may suffer from bi-polar disorder or some sort of mental affliction. [All Hip-Hop]