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


50 Cent’s “I’m On It” Premieres; 50 Cent’s Tweets Confuse
“Man I’m not releasing a album i can’t believe interscope is this f?ked up right now. I apologize to all my fans,” 50 Cent tweeted late last night, before “I’m On It” surfaced on Soundcloud, ostensibly uploaded by 50 himself. But when he threatened to leak a Dr. Dre single (he didn’t) and then tweeted this afternoon, “I don’t know how I can record 41 song for my album and the one song I give interscope leaks,” he completely turned us around. Is it damage control for his self-leak? Is he throwing his weight around for a release date? Is this all a worked shoot? Who can tell? [Twitter]

Rihanna Helps United States Navy Prevent The Sinking Of Its Battleship
The trailer for next summer’s Navy-vs.-robot-alien-things blockbuster Battleship (yes, based on the board game) debuted today, featuring Rihanna as part of a task force investigating a bizarre disturbance in the Pacific. (Hint: it attacks them.) [Yahoo]

Fan Access Has Gone Too Far: An NPR Report
Actually Marc Hirsh‘s piece is called “Stop Trying To Sing With Josh Groban, Even If You’re Really Good At It” and it’s about the way in which fans can muster virally if a performer fails to meet their expectations?and the ways in which those expectations are growing. We’re not sure where we come down on this issue, but it’s food for thought. [NPR]

Near-Omnibus Smiths Box Set Coming In October
Morrissey may still be shopping his new record around for a label, but his former bandmate Johnny Marr has remastered the Smiths catalog, and Rhino is putting out an enormous Smiths box set in October. It’s likely to be import-only, and definitely out of our price range, so pardon us while we go listen to “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now.” [Pitchfork]

[Josh Groban: Getty Images]

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