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

R. Kelly Rebounds From Surgery, Preps New Album
R. Kelly has apparently completely recovered from his emergency throat surgery, because he appeared on Chicago’s WGCI this morning, talking about working on a new album?titled Black Panties?containing “10 Minutes,” a single that’s apparently close to release! [Rap Radar]

X Factor Judges’ Table Drama Ramps Up Prior To Premiere
Simon Cowell’s pre-X Factor trash talk continued at last night’s industry premiere, as he claimed (with agreement from L.A. Reid) that Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger had voted against talented auditioners simply because they were attractive women. Abdul retorted that this had been implied in editing based on which auditions were selected for the episodes. [Billboard]
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Last Lap: Wednesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

50 Cent Changes His Movie’s Name After Chinua Achebe Protests
50 Cent‘s new movie just got a namechange thanks to a critically lauded Nigerian novelist. Chinua Achebe, author of 1958′s English-language riposte to Joseph Conrad, Things Fall Apart, threatened legal action against 50 Cent, whose new film has the same name, and turned down a $1 million settlement offer. Considering that the idiom comes from a Yeats poem, the novelist’s case isn’t necessarily that strong, but “Got sued by Chinua Achebe” is probably not something 50 Cent wants on his resume, so the movie is now titled All Things Fall Apart. (Sidenote: Does this mean Achebe is a Roots fan?) [The Guardian]

Kelly Clarkson, Florence And The Machine Album Details Surface
Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger has a tracklisting (and at Popdust, Katherine St. Asaph speculates which tracks might correspond with which leaked demos). Florence & The Machine also have an official tracklisting and album art for sophomore album Ceremonials, and second track “Shake It Out” has apparently leaked.
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Last Lap: Tuesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

“Pandora For Music Videos” Launches
Developer Casey Pugh created a Music Video Genome?”essentially Pandora for music videos (or a personalized MTV)”?for fun over the weekend. We suspect that this will irk someone’s copyright lawyer, but who knows? Plenty of other YouTube hacks (YooouuuTuuube, Endless YouTube, YouTube Doubler, TubeDubber) haven’t been shut down. [Casey Pugh]

Lloyd, Evanescence Premiere Videos
In addition to Joe Jonas‘s “Just In Love With You,” today saw the premiere of Evanescence‘s slightly supernatural, subway-set “What You Want,” as well as Lloyd‘s “Dedication To My Ex (Miss That),” featuring Wayne Brady as Lil Wayne and a pussycat as Andr? 3000. (Guess we were wrong about it not being a single.)
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Last Lap: Monday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

Justin Timberlake’s Song About Not Singing Wins Music Emmy
Apparently the Emmy Awards want a new album from Justin Timberlake as much as we do, because they gave him (and co-writers Seth Myers, John Mulaney and Katreese Barnes) an emmy for Original Music and Lyrics for his opening monologue on the May 21 episode of Saturday Night Live (which also featured “3 Way (The Golden Rule),” also with Lady Gaga). [Emmy Awards]

Jim Carrey Is At That Stage Of His Career During Which He Does Unannounced Stand-Up Interspersed With Cover Songs
The noted fan of Cannibal Corpse turned up at Arlene’s Grocery in New York City on Friday night, and someone got good cameraphone footage of his covers of Radiohead (“Creep”), The Smashing Pumpkins (“Bullet With Butterfly Wings”), and The Bee Gees (“I Started A Joke”). What, no Foghat? [Gothamist]

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



September 11: How Music Responded
Long Read of the Day: We wrote earlier today about the music that people listened to after the events of September 11 occurred, but before they had any effect on recordings. Over at MTV Hive, five pieces explore what those effects turned out to be for pop, country, indie rock, rap, and dance. [MTV Hive]

Coldplay Share Cover Art And Final Tracklisting For New Album
Coldplay posted the details for Mylo Xyloto, due out October 25, on their website this afternoon. Also, each track has its own little pictogram. (The symbol for “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”? A teardrop.) [Coldplay.com]
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Last Lap: Thursday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

Pegi and Neil Young‘s Bridge School Benefit turns 25 this October, and the all-acoustic show has a silver anniversary-worthy lineup, including Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, and Eddie Vedder. [Rolling Stone]

Paramore played an Fueled by Ramen anniversary show last night, and MTV.com streamed it, and is now sharing highlights, including “Brick by Boring Brick.” The band also premiered a new song called “Renegade.” [MTV News]
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Last Lap: Wednesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

Big Sean Video Features Kanye West And Cheesecake
And don’t the two go hand-in-hand? The Hype Williams-directed video for Big Sean‘s “Marvin and Chardonnay” splits the difference between Williams’s 2005 clip for Kanye West‘s “Gold Digger” and “Best I Ever Had,” the Drake video that West directed. [YouTube]

Blink-182 Release New Song
Two weeks after premiering the video for lead single “Up All Night,” Blink-182 have released another cut from Neighborhoods (due out September 27). “After Midnight” is available as a free download for winners of a mind-numbingly simple stopwatch game that we nevertheless kept playing until we won (after 13 attempts). [Spin]
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Last Lap: Tuesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

My Chemical Romance Drummer Fired For Stealing
Drummer Michael Pedicone, who joined My Chemical Romance last year, following the departure of Bob Bryar, was abruptly fired on Thursday night. According to a blog post by guitarist Frank Iero, Pedicone “was caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show.” Iero also stated that the band does not intend to press charges. This afternoon, Pedicone released a statement via Kerrang! that stated, in essence, that he’d actually been caught attempting to frame a member of the band’s crew for the supposed theft. “I made what was certainly the poorest decision of my life,” he wrote. “Rather than address the issues that I had with the crew member in an open and honest manner, I tried to make them look irresponsible.” And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those pesky Fabulous Killjoys. [AV Club]

Madonna Is Working On A New Album
Madonna just premiered W.E., the historical drama she directed, on Thursday at the Venice Film Festival, but she’s already talking about new music. She’s re-teaming with her Ray of Light collaborator William Orbit and other producers including Martin Solveig (if his name doesn’t ring a bell, “Hello” might). She hopes to have a single ready for January or February and an album in the spring, and whether she hits those marks or not, she’ll certainly be disappearing into the studio for a while after the promotional push for W.E. wraps. [Popdust]
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Last Lap: Thursday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

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

T.I. Is Free, And Coming To VH1
Yeah, we told you about this earlier. But can you blame us for being excited? Here’s hoping the Rubber Band Man can bounce back.

Chartbeat: The Game Topples The Throne But Will Make Way For Lil Wayne
By just a 4% margin, The Game‘s R.E.D. Album tops the Billboard 200 this week, just narrowly squeaking ahead of Watch The Throne (still strong in its second week). We wonder whether The Game’s promise on Twitter to follow anyone who proved that they bought two copies of his album made a difference. In any case, Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV is predicted to sell nearly ten times as many this coming week as either album sold last week, and though the Red Hot Chili Peppers likely won’t match that, I’m With You Throne. [Billboard]
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