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Last Lap: Frank Ocean Is All Better And Playing New Songs In London

Frank Ocean Resumes His First Solo Tour And Plays New Songs
After being struck down by illness and cancelling the New York leg of his first solo tour, solo sensation Frank Ocean resumed the tour in London and played two new songs for his adoring fans. [Stereogum]

Dr. Dre Says He’s Taking A Break From Music
Those of you who are hopeful that Detox will be released during your lifetime might want to avert your eyes. In an interview with Fader at the opening of the Beats By Dre store in SoHo, New York, Dr.Dre revealed that he would be taking a break from music to spend more time with his family. [Fader]

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Last Lap: Jay-Z Cashes In On Occupy Wall Street With A New Line Of T-Shirts

Jay-Z Launches A New Line Of T-Shirts Inspired By Occupy Wall Street
Rapper Jay-Z is about to launch a line of t-shirts inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests. The t-shirts are emblazoned with the slogan “Occupy All Streets,” however, Jay-Z has yet to pledge any of the proceeds to the cause. [Huffington Post]

The Big Four In The Music Industry Are Now Just The Big Three
After being on the block for nine months, it was announced today by Citibank that EMI, one of the last four of the “major labels” in the music industry, is being sold off. In a confusing twist, the recorded music division of EMI will soon become a part of the Universal Music Group, while the publishing arm will become part of Sony. [NPR]

Kylie Minogue Announces The Release Of A New Album In 2012
The pop-veteran that just wont quit, Kylie Minogue, has announced that she will be releasing an album in 2012 to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the release of “Locomotion.” Move over Madonna! [NME]

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Last Lap: VH1 President Tom Calderone Reminisces About The History Of Unplugged

VH1 President Tom Calderone Reminisces About The History Of Unplugged
As the Internet gets hyped up over Kelly Clarkson‘s upcoming Unplugged set (premiering at VH1.com on November 17 and airing on VH1 the next day at 11 p.m. EST), VH1 President Tom Calderone tells Billboard that Kelly is a social media fiend, and shares some recollections about Unplugged episodes past.
[Billboard]

Hans Zimmer Crowdsources For The Dark Night Rises Soundtrack
In an unorthodox project, composer Hans Zimmer is working on recording a crowdsourced chant for the new Christopher Nolan Batman film. You can even get involved! [Flavorwire]

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Last Lap: Rihanna Announces Collaboration With Jay-Z For Her Forthcoming Album Talk That Talk

Rihanna Announces That She Will Collaborate With Jay-Z On Her New Album
We smell a hit. A big one. Rihanna has annouced that she will once again collaborate with Jay-Z on her forthcoming album, Talk That Talk. We’re already dancing. [Just Jared]

SNL Meme Sketch “Band Reunion At The Wedding” Releases Official Single For Crisis Of Conformity Song “Fist Fight”
After the SNL sketch “Band Reunion At The Wedding” tickled the funny bone of audiences in early 2010, Crisis Of Conformity released a 7-inch single of “Fist Fight”. PAPERMAG chats with the band’s creator, Fred Armisen for a chat. [PAPERMAG]

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Last Lap: Radiohead Announce US Tour Dates For 2012 And The Internet Goes Crazy

Radiohead Announces US Tour Dates For 2012
The Internet is abuzz today with hysteria over Radiohead‘s just announced 2012 US tour. Hot off the heels of the band’s spontaneous sell out show in New York in September, we’re predicting a savage tussle for tickets. [Spin]

Nicki Minaj Will Perform At Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Nicki Minaj to save the day! With Cee Lo Green pulling out of performing at the famous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Nicki Minaj has stood to attention, and will now be performing alongside Maroon 5 and Kanye West. [Idolator]

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Last Lap: Baby Bey-Z Is (Almost Certainly) A Girl!!!

Kelly Rowland Confirms Baby Bey-Z Is Indeed A Girl
The Internet has been rife with rumors that BeyoncĂ© & Jay-Z‘s baby is going to be a girl, and Kelly Rowland (accidentally?) confirmed this to be the case at London’s Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards. [NME]

Rihanna Rides London’s Tube To Her London Gig
Rihanna: A performer of the people, for the people. RiRi caught London’s subway, the tube, along with some breathless fans, to her concert at O2 Arena. Watch the video at Billboard.com. [Billboard]

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Last Lap: Is That Metallica/Lou Reed Collaboration Actually An “Album That No One Wants”?

Chuck Klosterman Gives A Hilarious Opinion On Lulu, Metallica And Lou Reed’s Collaborative Album
Don’t pretend you weren’t confused when you heard Lou Reed and Metallica would be collaborating on a album. Well, that very strange collaboration is now available for listening, and Chuck Klosterman has some wicked but insightful things to say about the “album that no one wants.” [Grantland]

Kanye West + Saved By The Bell = Awesome
Our vote for the best single-serving Tumblr site of the day goes to Kanyed By The Bell, which combines Yeezy lyrics with still images from the iconic television series. It’s sort of NSFW, but then again, most of the best things are. [Kanyed By The Bell]

Go Behind The Scenes With VOYR at Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne Tour
Speaking of ‘Ye … Launching today, VOYR, for a small fee, offers to take you behind the scenes to see what your favorite artists and celebrities are up to. First up, they’re following Jay-Z and Kayne West‘s Watch The Throne tour to offer insidery exclusives, and it will be interesting to see what comes of the project. [Rolling Stone]

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

R.E.M.’s First Demo Surfaces Online
Just two weeks after R.E.M. called it quits, the band’s original three-track demo has surfaced online, digitized from one of the only 400 copies they had made in 1981. Spin has the details. [Spin]

Sneak Peek At Def Jam: The First 25 Years
If you get one music-related oral history this month, get I Want My MTV (seriously, it’s great, and we say that knowing that former MTV execs trash-talk VH1 within). But if you get two, the forthcoming history of Def Jam Recordings looks like another winner. It’s co-written by two former employees of Rick Rubin. GQ has an excerpt detailing the rise of LL Cool J. [GQ]

Method Man Writes Sour Patch Kids Rap For Commercial
This doesn’t quite measure up to the ode to sour cream and onion that Bruno Mars wrote for PopChips, but Method Man’s rap is certainly more than just your ordinary endorsement. Still: did Raekwon turn them down? We’d have asked the Chef first if we were selling edibles. [YouTube]

Tim Armstrong Creates Punk Rock Halloween Musical Anthology Series
That’s a lot of descriptors! But the trailer has us intrigued. In the first episode, Lars Frederiksen, also of Rancid, is visited by the devil. We’re hoping this turns out to be something halfway between American Idiot and Justin Timberlake’s Southland Tales routine (set to The Killers). [VEVO]

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

Beyoncé Reveals “Countdown” Sneak Peek
Ready for a new Beyoncé video? (Is the answer ever not yes?) MTV’s Buzzworthy blog has the first 30 seconds of the video for “Countdown,” which premieres on Thursday. It’s simple yet ultra-stylized: sixties-chic by way of Sesame Street. Random fact: director Adria Petty is the daughter of Tom Petty. [MTV Buzzworthy]

Sting Hosts Sting Tribute Show For Sting’s Birthday
Sting celebrated his 60th birthday with a star-studded concert at the Beacon Theater in New York on Saturday night, with all proceeds going to the Robin Hood Foundation. Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Mary J. Blige and will.i.am gathered to duet with Sting on his own songs. Springsteen was reportedly the crowd favorite despite making the equivalent of a Viagra joke. [Rolling Stone]
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Last Lap: Friday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

Enrique Iglesias Premieres Cameo-Filled, Behind The Music-Inspired Video
Enrique Iglesias is reissuing Euphoria with a DVD and bonus tracks, including the single “I Like How It Feels”?which would be a run-of-the-mill tour video if not for the famous friends featured. But wait?it’s in a sort of flashback, behind-the-scenes style, and features a bit of footage from 1979. Call us narcissistic, but this feels inspired by his July 31 episode of Behind The Music!

Wilco And Blink-182: Rock Dads With New Albums
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco talks to Brian Hiatt about “dad-rock” in Men’s Journal. All three members of Blink-182 mention parenthood in individual interviews with Andy Greene for Rolling Stone. Speaking of which, Mark Hoppus is one of the punk-rock fathers documented in the upcoming film The Other F Word, which now has a trailer. (P.S. Billboard reports that both Wilco’s and Blink 182′s new albums are predicted to debut in the top ten next week.)
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