Last Lap: Alt-Pop Sensation Lorde Continues To Win Over The Music Business

Jay Z (also) announces an upcoming tour, Miley Cyrus is ready to drop the “Wrecking Ball,” and One Direction counts down toward their new LP.

  • Lorde, our You Oughta Know artist this month, is blowing up the charts and taking the world by storm. Despite her demure presence, the teen singer-songwriter obviously has her sights set on reaching great heights. Our coverage highlights her amazing rise, insight behind her stage name, and even the celebrity fans she’s clearly racking up. She’s snagged the cover of Billboard magazine, and we’re hoping to hear more from her the future. [Billboard]
  • Jay Z is embarking on his Magna Carter tour this fall, with dates across the U.S. having been announced. We’re excited, but we’ll have to check our finances to make sure we can afford both Hov’s and Kanye West’s dates. [Okayplayer]
  • Miley Cyrus has unveiled promo art for her single, “Wrecking Ball,” and tells fans to be on standby for a Monday release. [The Hollywood Gossip]
  • One Direction are apparently switching things up on their next album, Midnight Memories. Their new songs are more rock-inspired than their past output and the boys sound excited to share the tracks. [MTV News]

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