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

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T.I. Is Free, And Coming To VH1
Yeah, we told you about this earlier. But can you blame us for being excited? Here’s hoping the Rubber Band Man can bounce back.

Chartbeat: The Game Topples The Throne But Will Make Way For Lil Wayne
By just a 4% margin, The Game‘s R.E.D. Album tops the Billboard 200 this week, just narrowly squeaking ahead of Watch The Throne (still strong in its second week). We wonder whether The Game’s promise on Twitter to follow anyone who proved that they bought two copies of his album made a difference. In any case, Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV is predicted to sell nearly ten times as many this coming week as either album sold last week, and though the Red Hot Chili Peppers likely won’t match that, I’m With You Throne. [Billboard]

Sony Warehouse Fire In UK May Have Been Heist Cover-Up
Remember the warehouse fire that proved an extraordinary financial setback for independent record labels in the wake of unrest in London? Officials are now suggesting that professional thieves used the unrest as a cover to rob the facility. They were probably after electronics, so at the very least the market is unlikely to be flooded with stolen CDs, but this is still really bad news. [Pitchfork]

Fool’s Gold Day Off Headliner: Juicy J Of Three 6 Mafia And Famous Food
Brooklyn record label Fool’s Gold (who released Kid Cudi “Day ‘N’ Nite”) are hosting a Labor Day concert in the backyard of the City Winery in New York City, and who better to headline a winery show than Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia and Famous Food? No one! [Pitchfork]

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