Pop culture: Gossip This

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From the August 7, 2014 edition

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are working on a jazz album together. It will be awkward, mostly.

Beyonce released a remix of her song "Flawless" with Nicki Minaj, because if anyone "woke up like 'dis," it's the girl in the green wig. Beyonce alludes to Elevatorgate with the line, "We escalate, up in this bitch like elevators... sometimes shit goes down when it's a billion dollars on the elevator." Non-revelatory, per usual.

Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger gave his wife Avril Lavigne a 17-carat emerald-cut ring for their one-year anniversary. A cheer of joy could be heard across the country that it wasn't a new Nickelback album.

Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber got in a fight. Rumor is each hooked up with the other's ex-girlfriend (Miranda Kerr and Selena Gomez, respectively). Fists were thrown. Passive-aggressive Instagrams were posted. Fancy parties were hosted from which Bloom was banned. 

President Barack Obama said Katy Perry is one of his favorite people. So don't feel bad. Even the leader of the free world sings "Teenage Dream" in the shower.

Scandal's Harrison, aka Columbus Short, is going through a nasty divorce with his wife, Tanee Short. Tanee claims that despite his making nearly $65,000 per episode of the show, he never bought her nice jewelry. He probably also left the toilet seat up. Jerk.

In a move straight out of "30 Rock," wino hostess Kathie Lee Gifford wrote an 18-minute musical called "Not Today and Tomorrow's Not Looking Good Either" that will air on NBC's "Today" show. Regis Philbin and unintended humiliation will guest star.