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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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Last Lap: Monday?s Odds And Ends In (Video) Music (Awards) News

One of the minor instant celebrities of last night’s Video Music Awards was Tyler, The Creator‘s mother, who sobbed with pride and excitement when her son won the Best New Artist Moonman. It turns out that her on-camera presence is due in part to an unlikely VMA hero: Nathan Williams of Wavves, who claims on Twitter to have given her his Black Carpet pass. Left Brain of Odd Future seems to confirm this on his Tumblr, describing Williams as “a crazy white kid,” and further noting that Williams “sparked a blunt when [Lil] Wayne was performing and Ron Artest told him to put it out!” All that, and the premiere of I Just Want My Pants Back! featured new Wavves song “I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl,” a wish that apparently came true at the VMAs. [Tumblr]

Not spotted at the VMAs: The Game, who came to the venue in downtown Los Angeles?but then decided to give his tickets away. [Twitter]
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Last Lap: Monday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

Lady Gaga Video To Premiere Thursday On MTV
As part of the “Yoü and I” premiere (set for 7:49PM ET), Lady Gaga will sit down with Sway for an interview, before a fan Q&A at MTV.com, with questions sourced from those submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #MTVGaga. Speaking of Twitter, Gaga’s Twitter contains “Yoü and I” stills and teasers. [MTV]

Jay-Z Reportedly Spent $250K On Champagne in Miami
Jay-Z may not be King of Rap as stat-crunched by Chris Molanphy for Rolling Stone (that honor went to EminemKanye set a new record for iTunes single week sales (which is what he was celebrating). Plus he tipped an additional $50K! [Radar]
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Last Lap: Thursday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

RIHANNA’S “MAN DOWN” VIDEO COST AN ESTIMATED $78,000 TO PRODUCE AND $1 MILLION TO PROMOTE
And that’s pretty much par for the course for a major-label pop single. NPR‘s Planet Money team investigated the economics of today’s pop market in a story for All Things Considered today, using “Man Down” as their example. The $78,000 breaks down in a pretty straightforward manner. The $1 million is a little fuzzier, possibly due to anecdotes like this one: “Paul Porter, who co-founded the media watchdog group Industry Ears, says…shortly after he started working as a programmer for BET about 10 years ago, he received $40,000.00 in hundred-dollar bills in a Fed-Ex envelope.” [Planet Money/NPR]

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