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


Rough Cut Of Britney’s “Gimme More” Video Surfaces
The most notable contrast between this leaked cut and the official video (besides this clip’s inclusion of a sequence in which Britney is topless save for a leather jacket she holds against her chest) is the lack of the post-production wizardry that was applied to make Britney look thinner. We wonder whether that’s why the original is full of dutch angles, while delighting that, for the moment, the YouTube comments about Britney largely avoid body judgments. [Billboard]

30 Seconds To Mars Cover U2 For Unplugged
For their episode of MTV Unplugged (premiering tonight at 8PM ET on, 30 Seconds to Mars recruited a gospel choir at the eleventh hour for a take on U2‘s “Where the Streets Have No Name.” MTV shared the video with Entertainment Weekly‘s Music Mix. We can’t help being a teensy bit disappointed that the band didn’t cover Fleetwood Mac, as they had apparently considered, but their U2 cover does the trick anyway. [EW Music Mix]

Rest In Peace, Jerry Ragovoy
The 80-year-old “Time Is On My Side” and “Piece Of My Heart” songwriter and Hit Factory founder passed Wednesday from complications from a stroke. [Los Angeles Times]

Don’t Tread On The Luiz Ranch Fire Trail, Because It Goes Through James Hetfield’s Yard
Marin County, CA, is carving a new hiking trail out of the ridge above Lucas Valley?at an expense of $650,000?after Metallica lead singer James Hetfield, fed up with hikers wrecking his property (through which the much-used Luiz Ranch fire trail passed) and vandalizing signs he’d erected, surrounded the ranch with a barbed-wire fence in 2008. [Rolling Stone]

[James Hetfield Image: Getty Images]

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