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

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RIHANNA’S “MAN DOWN” VIDEO COST AN ESTIMATED $78,000 TO PRODUCE AND $1 MILLION TO PROMOTE
And that’s pretty much par for the course for a major-label pop single. NPR‘s Planet Money team investigated the economics of today’s pop market in a story for All Things Considered today, using “Man Down” as their example. The $78,000 breaks down in a pretty straightforward manner. The $1 million is a little fuzzier, possibly due to anecdotes like this one: “Paul Porter, who co-founded the media watchdog group Industry Ears, says…shortly after he started working as a programmer for BET about 10 years ago, he received $40,000.00 in hundred-dollar bills in a Fed-Ex envelope.” [Planet Money/NPR]

THE GAME’S ALBUM WILL PROBABLY NEVER COME OUT
The major-label pop machine may be well-oiled and chugging along, but major-label rap is in a different state entirely. The Top Ten Failed First Singles Off The Game’s The R.E.D. Album, Jayson Greene‘s satirical list for Sound of the City, takes a look at the plight of “mid-level major-label rappers like Game.” [Sound of the City/Village Voice]

TIËSTO WAS RIGHT
Over at The Guardian, Tom Ewing examines the return of trance in pop, particularly in the music of Lady Gaga. It’s a short, sweet, and smart read. [Guardian]

START FOLLOWING THE ONE WEEK // ONE BAND TUMBLR SITE
It’s a pretty simple concept, but one that is executed to perfection. Each week, one music writer –not necessarily a “critic,” mind you– picks a musician’s catalog and then writes about it extensively on this single-serving Tumblr site. Of late, we particularly enjoyed Village Voice music editor Maura Johnston‘s Kelly Clarkson week, and we’ve been nerding out over Dave Bloom‘s coverage of all things Jeff Buckley. [One Week // One Band]