Last Lap: Is Lady Gaga Now Poised For World Domination?

Jay Z makes a product push, The Strokes plan their big return, and someone out there is praising Yeezus — and this time, it’s not Kanye West.

  • It looks like Lady Gaga may have scored a big international win, as ARTPOP has officially been cleared for release in China. The Mother Monster’s previous album, Born This Way, had been banned in China. The singer tweeted that she’s hopeful that she’ll be able to perform soon in the county. Patience, Gaga, patience. [Prefix]
  • Jay Z’s latest business venture, a brand of cigars, is now highlighted in a new clip on Hov’s Life + Times site. Hey, if you’re going to smoke the best, you should at least know some facts about the product. [Rap Radar]
  • OutKast isn’t the only group reuniting at this year’s Governors Ball. The Strokes, who haven’t performed live together since 2011, also have been announced as headliners at the New York City festival. [NME]
  • Kanye West spent much of the past year claiming that he had god status, and it didn’t seem anyone actually believed his assertions — well, except him. Now it appears someone has founded a new religion called Yeezianity, based on Ye’s most fundamental, um, teachings. [MTV News]

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