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

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Wayne’s “Jeggings” Dominate VMA Fashion Talk
Lady Gaga may have dressed in drag (including a fake penis!) but the underdog fashion statement of the Video Music Awards has turned out to be Lil Wayne‘s attire?specifically, the Tripp women’s leopard-print skinny jeans he sported during his show-closing performance of “How To Love” and “John.” As eagle-eyed critics noted, the style is available from East Village boutique Trash and Vaudeville (but also, unsurprisingly, from Hot Topic). Technically, they’re not jeggings, but that hasn’t stopped “Wayne’s Jeggings” from catching on, even as Twitter account @Waynes_Jeggings (naturally, @DrakesSweater also exists). [Us Weekly/Complex]

Altruism Alert: Linkin Park’s Benefit-Show Tsunami-Relief Fundraiser Nets $350K; 50 Cent Does His Part After Festival Set
The Linkin Park tsunami-relief show we reported on last month happened last night, after fans raised over $350,000 for Japan for Relief. [MTV]
50 Cent also played a benefit show (today, in fact) in Norway following his performance at the RxR Festival. He scheduled an aftershow to take place in the ballroom of the Clarion Hotel in Stavanger to raise money for the Utøya Fund, and invited survivors of the Utøya massacre to both shows and a meet-and-greet. (Bet you thought the 50 Cent altruism story was going to be about his appearance on Pauly D‘s album.) [NY Post]

Joel McHale Makes Grunge Playlist For Everybody Loves Our Town
In advance of next week’s release of Mark Yarm‘s oral history of grunge, Everybody Loves Our Town, Joel McHale of Community and The Soup (and Seattle born and raised) has compiled a grunge playlist He includes releases from SST and Seattle’s Sub Pop (like Tad) as well as “Burden In My Hand” from Soundgarden‘s 1996 album, so it’s actually got surprising (but appropriate) breadth for a nine-song playlist. Listen to it on Spotify. [Everybody Loves Our Town]

Smashing Pumpkins Launch Record Club
Apparently Billy Corgan has so much archival Smashing Pumpkins material that he doesn’t know what to do with it all. He’s preparing expanded remasters of the band’s studio recordings but plans to release material that won’t make the cut, as well as unmastered demos of tracks that will make the cut, through a “Record Club,” beginning with a free download of early recordings of “Drown” and “Geek U.S.A.” [Spin]

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