Get well soon, Merle. (Josh Sisk/For The Washington Post)

- There was a touching story going around after the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, that Jay-Z would cease using a certain word that many hear as degrading to women. Heartwarming. And a complete lie. Jay-Z never made such a promise.

- Bruno Mars is off the hook for his felony cocaine possession charge.

- Next Big Thing Azealia Banks has signed with Universal Records, with her debut album due later in 2012. Here’s her newest song, “NEEDSUMLUV.”