Last Lap

by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Jay-Z Is Being Sued For Using A Sample Without Permission In “Big Pimpin’”

Jay-Z Is Being Sued For Using A Sample Without Permission In “Big Pimpin’”
Seems like hubby Jay-Z is following in the footsteps of wifey Beyoncé and is being sued for using a sample in his track “Big Pimpin’” without permission. We hope there’s still enough of a parent team left after all the legal action to look after Baby Bey-Z! [Prefix]

Courtney Love To Be Evicted From Her New York Rental Pad
Courtney Love has allegedly trashed her New York rental pad to the point where the owner is taking action to have the petulant rock star forcibly removed. She’s also apparently way behind of rent payments — get it together, Courtney! [NME]

Read more…

by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: NBC Will Now Screen All The Roots’ Walk On Song Selections For Fallon Before Airing

NBC Will Now Screen All The Roots’ Walk On Song Selections Before Airing
After causing some controversy by playing Fishbone‘s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” for Michelle Bachmann’s walk-on on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last month, The Roots will now have to run all their song selections past NBC before airing. Wrist, meet slap. [Paste]

Bon Iver Not Just Grammy Nominees, Also Good At Fitness
Bon Iver are going to be in a fitness video. This is a true and real thing that is actually happening. Never thought you’d see the day, did you? [NME]

Read more…

by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Coldplay Announce Mylo Xyloto Tour Dates For North America!

Coldplay Announce Mylo Xyloto Tour Dates For North America!
Excited much? Coldplay have announced the first round of tour dates for Mylo Xyloto rounds of North America. We’ll be lining up, camping out and generally doing whatever we can to get our tickets — will you? [Neon Limelight]

Janelle Monae Is Getting Ready To Drop Not One, But Two Albums In 2012
If you love Janelle Monae, have we got news for you! The “Tightrope” singer has been m.i.a recently because she’s been working on not one, but two (!) albums for release in 2012. So far this is all the information that’s been released, so keep your ear to the ground for updates! [Prefix]

Read more…

by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Nirvana Are Re-Releasing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” To Vie For England’s Christmas Number One

Nirvana Are Re-Releasing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” To Vie For Number One
We swear the late Kurt Cobain turns in his grave every time something like this happens. Nirvana decided to re-release “Smells Like Teen Spirit” when it came to the surviving band’s attention that fans were rallying to make the classic song Britain’s Christmas Number One over whoever takes out the X Factor crown. Sigh. [NME]

Lady Gaga Goes To The White House To Battle Bullies
Lady Gaga really does love her ‘Little Monsters.’ So much so, she’s heading to the White House to chat with Obama‘s administration about combating bullying. Go go Gaga activism! [Popdust]

Read more…

by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Are You Afraid Of Lana Del Rey?

Are You Afraid Of Lana Del Rey?
The Awl tries to dissect the Lana Del Rey beast, “the Manichean death match between veracity and popular consumption, the Del Rey Affair [that] has brought head-scratching and hand-wringing to new highs,” makes some interesting observations, but generally just gives you more to think about. [The Awl]

A Park Will Be Built in Seattle In Honor Of Jimi Hendrix
And it will be guitar shaped, no less. The park will be unveiled next year in honor of Jimi Hendrix‘s would-be 70th birthday. [NME]

Read more…

by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Previously Unreleased Britney Song Borrows Liberally From Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita”, Sounds Awesome

La Isla BonBritney-ita
Perhaps in honor of her 30th birthday, the Britney Spears fansite BreatheHeavy posted a previously unheard and unreleased Britney track today called “Love 2 Love U.” This would be fairly unremarkable if not for the fact that the song borrows the beat and the vocal cadence of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita.” Listen below, and CHA CHA! [BreatheHeavy via Idolator]

Justin Vernon Of Bon Iver Thinks The Grammys Are Unimportant And Don’t Mean Anything
Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon put the Grammys on blast, saying, “it’s just not important and people spend too much time thinking about it.” Yeah, he went there. Maybe he’s got a bee in his bonnet over collaborator Kanye West‘s Album Of The Year snub? [Pitchfork]

Trent Reznor And Karen O Cover “Immigrant Song”Nine Inch Nails front man and musical genius Trent Reznor teamed up with rock goddess Karen O to over Led Zeppelin‘s “Immigrant Song” for the Girl WithThe Dragon Tattoo movie soundtrack. And it’s really awesome. [Stereogum]

Read more…

by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Michael Stipe Has The Force And He’s Not Afraid To Use It

Michael Stipe Channels Obi-Wan Kenobi At Local Multiplex
Retirement seems to be treating the former R.E.M. frontman well, wouldn’t you say? [Confessions Of A Michael Stipe]

Scarlett Johansson Duets With Dean Martin (!!!)
ScarJo sings with the dead on the new edition of the late Dean Martin‘s album, My Kind Of Christmas. The actor-come singer’s vocals appear alongside Dean Martin’s on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and it’s quite lovely, really. [Stereogum]

Read more…

by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Florence + The Machine Cover Drake And Rihanna’s “Take Care”

Florence + The Machine Cover Drake’s “Take Care”
Florence + The Machine covered Drake‘s “Take Care” on BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge, and while the cover featured all the soaring, atmospheric vocals we love Florence Welch for, it missed the brooding darkness of Drake and Rihanna‘s original. [Spin]

Wyclef Jean’s Haiti Charity May Have Been Involved In Some Shady Spending
The books are allegedly failing to add up for Wyclef‘s Yele Haiti relief fund. The charity reportedly made $16 million in 2010, but only an alleged $5.1 million was spent on the relief effort. Wyclef is being defensive, and for Haiti’s sake, we hope he doesn’t turn out to be a swindler. [Billboard]

Read more…

by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: The Roots Let Their True Feelings For Michelle Bachmann Take Over On Fallon

The Roots Let Their True Feelings For Michelle Bachmann Take Over On Fallon
The Roots chose to play a bit of Fishbone‘s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night as Michelle Bachmann walked onto stage. Tell us how you really feel, guys! [Rolling Stone]

See Andre 3000 Freestyling In 1994
A teenage Andre 3000 does some awesome freestyling in this video from 1994 while Big Boi digs it. [Prefix]

Read more…

by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Lady Gaga Cooks A Chicken And Looks Amazing Doing It

Lady Gaga Cooks A Chicken And Performs On Alan Carr
Only Lady Gaga can look glamorously couture while cooking a chicken and making jokes with British television personality Alan Carr. The ostentatious star also performed an acoustic version of “Marry The Night” with a huge pink bow on her head. [Idolator]

Lulu Gainsbourg Honors Late Father Serge With A Collaborative Album
A 16-track album, produced by daughter of the late Serge Gainsbourg, Lulu, is set to be released on November 29 featuring covers by Iggy Pop, Rufus Wainwright, The PoguesShane MacGowan, and Johnny Depp. [Consequence Of Sound]

Read more…