Last Lap

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Last Lap: Beyonce Shows Support For Frank Ocean

BEYONCE TAKES TO TUMBLR TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FRANK OCEAN
In a short poem written for the man who wrote (and sometimes sings) “I Miss You” for her, Bey calls Ocean brave, free, and inspirational. Amen. [Beyonce]

PAUL MCCARTNEY IS TEAMING UP WITH HALO CREATORS FOR NEW PROJECT
The former Beatle has hooked up with the team behind the hugely popular video game Halo to make some new music for, well, nobody knows yet. Nevertheless, this sounds like a project worth keeping an eye on. [RS]
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Last Lap: 108 Shows Later, Pearl Jam Diehard Gets His Dream Set

PEARL JAM DIEHARD GETS HIS DREAM SET
Superfan Brian Farias has been to 108 Pearl Jam shows but none so special as the 109th, when the band played a setlist (complete with two encores!) he had drafted for them. [RS]

DO YOU DRIP.FM?
Music nerds, behold! Based on HBO’s “quality, consistency and catalog” model, this new music subscription service “drips” new releases straight from the labels to your inbox several times a month. [LAWeekly]

KEEP COOL IN JAMES HETFIELD’S SUNGLASSES
The “road dog” Metallica frontman is releasing “faster than a speeding riff” pair of shades through Sutro Eyewear. And for just $219.99, they’re yours! [Vulture]

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT
In the New York Times this weekend, Frank Ocean talks about love and life and his new album; and James Murphy talks about his almost starring role in Noah Baumbach’s since slashed The Corrections adaptation. And to soundtrack your reading, “Sweet Life,” a Pharrell assisted leak from Channel Orange. Happy weekend! [NYT/NYT / Fader]

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Last Lap: Big Boi Is Designing A Line Of Socks

BIG BOI IS LAUNCHING A NEW SOCK LINE
Andre 3000 might be the Outkast member better known for his style, but does has he ever designed a sock line of his own? We don’t think so. It’s also worth mentioning that his new album is “coming good.” [Complex]

THEOPHILUS LONDON DROPS NEW MIXTAPE
The Brooklyn MC has dropped a new 18-track mixtape, and it includes features from heavy-weights like A$AP Rocky, Lunice, the sultry Sade, and even the sock king Big Boi himself! [GlobalGrind]

ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN DAN DEACON LAYERS ‘CALL ME MAYBE’ 147 TIMES
This is what we imagine it would sound like if everyone on the subway/airplane/gym unplugged their headphones all at once. [HuffPost]

NORAH JONES GETS THAT “EVERYONE NEEDS A BEST FRIEND”
Jones lent Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane this brassy, big-band number for his debut movie, Ted. No ticket stub required to enjoy this one. [Stereogum]

MAN SINGS “KISS FROM A ROSE” TO HIS CAT
Watch as an eager feline lover serenades his cat with a Seal classic. What say you: the most lucky or the least lucky cat in the world?

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Last Lap: R.Kelly Blames His Divorce On The Notebook

R. KELLY BLAMES RYAN GOSLING FOR HIS DIVORCE
“As the film credits started to roll, I couldn’t move,” he writes in his new book Soulacoaster. “I burst into tears. People walking past me patted me on the back, trying to console me. The Notebook was beautiful, and I was crying because its hero and heroine had died together. But I was also crying because … my marriage had died. And there was nothing I could do to bring it back.” Perfect. [MTV]

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Last Lap: Blur Release Two New Songs

BLUR RELEASES TWO NEW SONGS
As promised, the band debuted their first two new songs in nine years today, first on Twitter via live stream, and now on YouTube as lyric videos. Not so shabby! [Vulture]

ADAM LAMBERT KICKS OFF HIS MINI-TOUR WITH QUEEN
They did “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and — look out Freddy Mercury! — Glambert’s looking pretty good. [RS]

CHRISTOPHER OWENS QUITS GIRLS
“My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress. I will continue to write & record music,” the frontman explained (sort of) on Twitter. [Huff Post]

BILL CLINTON PLAYS “MIDNIGHT CITY” ON THE SAX
We love Bill, we love M83, and we love this. [Spiegelman]

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Last Lap: Carly Rae Jepsen’s Album Is “Almost Finished”

CARLY RAE JEPSEN SAYS HER FULL-LENGTH DEBUT ALBUM IS “ALMOST FINISHED”
“I feel like the songs are mostly there, but there’s still some production and stuff to be done,” the thus-far one-and-one-half hit wonder says. “We’re in the home stretch.” [MTV]

SKRILLEX IS SCORING HARMONY KORINE’S NEW MOVIE
And, diving deeper yet into the pop-culture vortex, the movie is said to star James Franco. [Flavorwire]

MEET THE MAN WHO MAKES JUSTIN BIEBER SING
Kuk Harrell, vocal producer to the stars, is the one that makes sure artists like Bieber, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez bring their “superstar performance” to every song. [NYT]

TOM CRUISE GETS M83 TO SCORE HIS NEXT MOVIE
The french electronic band are set to score Oblivion, a sci-fi film that stars Tom Cruise and is directed by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. You win some, you lose some. [RS]

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Last Lap: The Flaming Lips and Grace Potter Rock A Led Zeppelin Cover

FLAMING LIPS AND GRACE POTTER ROCK A LED ZEPPELIN COVER
Last night in Mississippi, Potter joined the Flaming Lips for a cover of “The Song Remains The Same.” Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, the Lips will play their record breaking 8th show in 24 hours. Will you be watching? [OMA]

HAS MEEK MILL BEEN BANNED  FROM THE NEW YORK NIGHT LIFE?
If the MMG rapper’s Tweets are to be believed, club-going has been tough post-brawl. [GlobalGrind]

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Last Lap: Carly Rae Jepsen Is Working With LMFAO

CARLY RAE JEPSEN IS WORKING WITH LMFAO’S PARTY ROCKING REDFOO
They met at the airport and then he called her definitely, and now they are writing a song together. Over the phone. Literally. [MTV]

DRAKE SMOKES HOOKAH WHILE PREVIEWING A NEW TRACK
His smoke ring blowing game is good. [NR]

TUPAC HOLOGRAM WINS AWARD
The virtual Tupac that wowed at Coachella picked up a prestigious Cannes Lions Titanium Award. Respect where due! [AllHipHop]
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Last Lap: Barack Obama Sings Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” (!!!)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WANTS TO BE YOUR “BOYFRIEND”
And makes us wonder: would you rather have fondue by the fire with POTUS or the Biebs? We’ll take both, thank you! SWAGGGY! [YouTube]

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA PREPARE FOR LAST DANCE
The electronic dance music stars announced have announced, via their website, that their next tour will be their last tour. “We came, we raved, we loved,” they say. Amen. [MTV]

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