Last Lap: Thursday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

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Rebecca Black Pulls “Friday” Off Of YouTube
Sorry, kids, there be no getting down this Friday, for TMZ reports that teen superstar Rebecca Black —who, you’ll recall from our interview with her at the OMAs, “does not believe in getting nervous”— is engaged in a beef with her record label, Ark Entertainment. Until they get their issues settled, YouTube is “Friday” free. Some might argue that’s a good thing, but those people would be wrong. [TMZ]

Premieres: Matt & Kim Video, J. Cole Single, Lady Gaga Video (Imminent)
OMA favorites Matt & Kim premiered the video for “Block After Block” over at MTV.com; the first single from J. Cole’s forthcoming debut full-length went out to radio today (and can be heard below); the video for Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” will premiere during So You Think You Can Dance tonight.


Leaked Kanye B-Side Is Fake
“Mama’s Boyfriend,” the leaked track from the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions that we mentioned in Tuesday’s roundup, is actually Kanye’s a cappella track over someone else’s beat, and Kanye is none to happy that someone else’s production is masquerading as one of his. He is threatening legal action if the source can be found. [Rap Radar]

Is Pop Music Just The Biggest Subculture?
At the Guardian, Tom Ewing ponders the fate of “Beat of My Drum,” the new single from Nicola Roberts (a former member, with Cheryl Cole, of UK girl-group Girls Aloud). Critically lauded but languishing on the charts, the song is, to Ewing, a prime example of pop as niche music. But what is pop if it’s not what tops the charts? We recommend clicking through to the short and sweet piece. [Guardian]