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

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Sylvia Robinson Dies At 75
In 1979, R&B singer Sylvia Robinson avoided bankruptcy and made history by recruiting and recording the Sugarhill Gang, thus releasing the first ever rap record, “Rapper’s Delight.” [NY Times]

Courtney Love To “Set The Record Straight” With Memoir
Courtney Love has signed a deal with William Morrow, a HarperCollins imprint, to write a memoir. Celebrity memoirs aren’t usually up our alley, but if this book’s editors can preserve Love’s, er, unique writing style without sacrificing intelligibility, this as-yet-untitled tell-all will be a 2012 must-read. [AP]

T.I. Is More Than Ready To Record New Music
T.I. has nearly completed the comeback single he recorded with DJ Drama while spending September in an Atlanta halfway house, and now that he’s been officially released, he’s actively soliciting beat suggestions for potential freestyles. making up for lost time? Maybe, but we’re not complaining. [Twitter]

Music Tech Updates: Emotional Bag Check; Spotify Introduces “Private Listening”
Got something on your mind? Send a worry off into the Internet ether at Emotional Bag Check and someone will respond with a song. (Or you can provide a song for someone else. Just don’t be a troll.

Meanwhile: shortly after Facebook rolled out its partnership with Spotify, users discovered to their chagrin that even their “uncoolest” listening would be automatically shared with their Facebook friends. In response, Spotify rushed to update the program to allow “private” listening, similar to the ability to delete songs from one’s Last.fm profile. [Gizmodo]

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