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


Break In Notorious B.I.G. Murder Case: Confessed Accessory After the Fact Gives Testimony
Less than a month after an alleged confession by an accessory to the 1994 gun violence against Tupac Shakur, Clayton Hill, a former member of the Nation of Islam, has confessed to helping dispose of the handgun used to murder the Notorious B.I.G. in 1997. He implicates a member of the Nation of Islam whom he only knew by a pseudonym and could not positively identify when shown photographs of the prime suspect. Hill told HipHop DX that all of this information was revealed to federal investigators in October 2010 in exchange for a reduced sentence for his wife (so she could raise their daughter). He also notes that it will be included in his forthcoming e-book, Diary of an Ex-Terrorist. [HipHop DX]

A New Alleged Kelly Clarkson Demo Leaked!
The swiftness with which uploads are getting taken down suggests it might actually be a track slated to appear on her upcoming album. It’s called “Let Me Down.” Good luck finding a stream before the Web Sheriff does. [Popdust]

Death Cab For Cutie Want To Bring Magik*Magik Orchestra On Tour
Unfortunately, it’s prohibitively expensive. The San Francisco-based Magik*Magik Orchestra‘s string quartet played on Death Cab for Cutie‘s Codes and Keys and accompanied the band on their episode of Storytellers, but scaling up Death Cab for Cutie’s August tour to accommodate four additional performers and their equipment could put the tour in the red. That said, their tour does include a stop in La Jolla and two in Los Angeles, so the quartet (who have also recorded and performed with Death Cab for Cutie’s old labelmate and friend John Vanderslice) may take a jaunt down the coast for a handful of days. If not, well, we’ll always have Storytellers. [Billboard]

U.S. Spotify Launch Is Imminent
Spotify, the U.K. cloud-based subscription music service, has launched a splash page for the United States, where you can enter your email for an invite when the service becomes available. There’s no information yet as to what will make Spotify a more attractive subscription service than, say, eMusic or Rhapsody, but there’s a lot of positive buzz, which makes more of a difference than you might think. Meanwhile, the company has made a deal with Virgin Media to provide discounted Spotify subscriptions for UK users who also have Virgin cable television and internet. [Billboard]

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