New York is abuzz over the birth of baby girl Blue to one of the Big Apple's most glamorous couples, rapper Jay-Z and R&B singer Beyonce.
Curious onlookers and TV satellite vans staked out Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan's posh Upper East Side, waiting for a glimpse of Blue Ivy Carter, born Saturday, and her proud parents.
The couple departed the hospital in the early hours of this morning.
An onlooker told the New York Daily News: "It was precise, very military-like.
"Immediately, security personnel began leaving the hospital."
Jay-Z, originally Shawn Carter, released a newly recorded song Glory with a little accompaniment from his crying daughter, and New York tabloids celebrated with front-page spreads.
"RAPA BYE BABY," the Post splashed across a picture of the parents. "SONG OF JOY," chimed the rival Daily News.
As befitting a celebrity, Blue was also at the center of her first controversy.
Local media reports said some staff at Lenox Hill and fellow patients were angry at the way the celebrity family had taken over swaths of the facility for private use.
A man from Brooklyn said he'd been unable to access his own baby in intensive care because of the invasion by Jay-Z's security team.
"People dont need to be treated like this when dealing with sick children," Neil Nash-Coulon told CBS television Monday.
"You cant cordon off the (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). These are small newborns who need care, and youre just going to take over the hospital like you own it?''
The hospital hit back in a statement decrying "misinformation,'' and said: "We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the birth of their own children over the past three days.''
Ignoring the grumbling, Jay-Z and Beyonce issued a statement to US Weekly saying: "Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven.''
Jay-Z's best statement, though, came accompanied by music.
On the track Glory, which is announced "featuring B.I.C,'' Jay-Z reveals that previously his wife suffered a miscarriage.
"Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/ We was afraid you disappeared but nah/ baby, you magic.''
Jay-Z calls Blue "my greatest creation" and "everything that I prayed for".
In addition to Blue's vocal contribution in the song - some gentle baby crying - the lyrics reveal that the newcomer is already working on her moves.
"Your mama said that you danced for her/ Did you wiggle your hand for her?"
- AFP with BANG! Showbiz