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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 Beyoncé & 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: Apple Makes Music A Priority With GarageBand App For The iPhone

You Can Now Make Music On The Go With Apple’s New iPhone App
Apple has adapted its GarageBand software so you can now download it to your iPhone and make music on the go. This is going to make for some very interesting subway commutes, indeed… [Prefix]

Mumford And Sons Are Back With A Brand New Song, “Ghosts That We Knew”
We were starting to feel like Mumford & Sons might ride off the success of Sigh No More forever, so we’re pretty excited to see they’ve got some new material. [NME]

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Last Lap: Madonna’s Next Collaboration Will Feature Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.

Madonna, Nicki Minaj And M.I.A Share The Love
In the latest installment of “Madonna Is Down With The Kids (Like, Totes)” it’s been announced that both the eccentric Nicki Minaj and the cooler than thou MIA will appear on Madge’s lead single, “Give Me All Your Love,” from her forthcoming album. On that note, it’s now rumored that these three will also be performing during halftime of the Super Bowl this year. [Billboard]

Controversial Web Sensation Lana Del Rey Signs With Interscope
After a mountain of hype resulted in a tsunami-sized backlash, Lana del Rey has inked an album deal with Interscope, home to not only some of the biggest female-fronted acts in the biz (Mary J. Blige, No Doubt), but also some of the web friendliest (Robyn, Feist). [Pitchfork]

Poptimist Explores The Notion That Epic Rock Is Just “Secular Gospel”
Tom Ewing‘s article about stadium-pop as a “hustle” is an interesting read, with references to bands as contemporary as Coldplay and Arcade Fire while remembering classics like The Beatles and The Who. [Pitchfork]

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Last Lap: Fat Joe’s “Tales From The Darkside” Includes A Jaw-Dropping R. Kelly Story

Fat Joe Tells A Story About R. Kelly Beating People Up
If you can grasp what actually happened as Fat Joe recounts R. Kelly beating someone up between all the expletives and sound effects, let us know. Otherwise, it’s still pretty funny, if not worryingly inappropriate. [The Awl]

Odd Future’s Syd Remixes Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans”
As if you didn’t already love Lana Del Rey enough, Odd Future have remixed her haunting track, “Blue Jeans.” Keeping with her grand, emotive sounds, Odd Future’s remix is just as good as the remix. [Pitchfork]

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

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

VH1 Classic Celebrates The Jewish New Year With 24-Hour Rush Marathon
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown tonight, and on VH1 Classic, that means one thing: the return of Rush Hashanah! Classic Albums: Rush 2112 & Moving Pictures kicks off the celebration at 7PM ET/PT, followed by the premiere of Rush: Time Machine, a brand-new concert film in which the band plays Moving Pictures in its entirety, at 8PM ET/PT. The Rush marathon continues with Beyond the Lighted Stage, R30, Rush In Rio, and more. [VH1 Classic]

Hold On For New Music From En Vogue
After being stunned by continuing fan support after their appearance at the 2008 BET Music Awards, En Vogue reunited in earnest, but after a successful tour, their appearances got more sporadic. But rumors of new recordings got a big corroboration when the quartet was named as one of the performers at New York’s CMJ Music Marathon next month. [Sound of the City]
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Last Lap: Tuesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

Conrad Murray Trial For Manslaughter Of Michael Jackson Begins
The doctor, Michael Jackson‘s personal physician, stands accused of administering a fatal dose of propofol to the singer. Prosecutor David Walgren opened his case by showing the jury a postmortem image of Jackson‘s body on a hospital gurney, which The Smoking Gun already has. The proceeds are being televised and webcast, so expect a lot more rubber-necking coverage like this on gossip sites, especially when Murray’s attorney calls Jackson’s eldest son, 14-year-old Prince, to the stand.

Lil Wayne’s VMAs Stretch-Denim Inspires An AP Trendpiece
The attention-grabbing headline Latest Trend in Hip-Hop: Women’s Clothes disguises a lengthy meditation on the performance of masculinity by none other than celebrity stylist June Ambrose, who’s got a show premiering this winter on VH1. And yes, the piece may refer to Kanye West as “hip-hop’s ultimate metrosexual,” but at least it didn’t misidentify Lil Wayne’s bottoms as “jeggings.” [AP]
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