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

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KATY PERRY‘S NEXT RECORD, THE BALLAD OF BROOKSLEY BORN, SET TO BE A ROCK OPERA ABOUT OTC DERIVATIVES
We kid, we kid. However, in the new issue of Rolling Stone, which hit newsstands today, the California Gurl talks at length about her newfound awareness of what makes this great land of ours tick. “It just feels like the thing running our country is a bank, money,” she tells RS contributing editor Erik Hedegaard. “I know it sounds like an intense viewpoint, but I’m only slowly but surely getting the wool taken off my eyes. When I was a kid, I asked questions about my faith. Now I’m asking questions about the world.” Lest you think she’s totally lost her way and turned into a stuffy economics obsessive, she then goes on to talk about her boobs. [Rolling Stone]

BEYONCÉ RUMOR MILL CONTINUES TO CHURN
Hot on the heels of last week’s rumors that Beyoncé‘s new album, 4, was going to be pushed back to September, this morning’s New York Post contained a juicy item planted by someone who clearly isn’t on Team Bey. According to the snitch source, Columbia Records execs are “very nervous about Beyoncé’s new record” because “it doesn’t have the hit songs that her fans are used to. They asked her to make changes, but she said no.” The last time we remember this much behind-the-scenes drama playing out in the gossip rags before a record came out was when Kelly Clarkson and Clive Davis got into a very public beef before My December hit shelves. [Page Six]

NIRVANA‘S SEMINAL NEVERMIND SET TO GET DELUXE RE-ISSUE
Believe it or not, the Album That Changed Everything™ is set to turn 20 this fall. (Which reminds us, we need to pick up a box of prunes and our arthritis medicine on the way home from work tonight. BECAUSE WE ARE OLD.) To celebrate the anniversary (and to help pad Courtney Love‘s dwindling bank account), Interscope will release a treasure trove of Nirvana ephemera that includes “four CDs and one DVD will feature previously unreleased recordings, rarities, b-sides, BBC radio appearances, alternative mixes, rare live recordings and an unreleased concert in its entirety.” [Music Mix/EW]

DO THE CONTESTANTS ON THE VOICE SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU?
Our friends over at Best Week Ever put together an interesting theory that the reason that the people who have advanced to the semi-final round of The Voice did so because they all sound like OTHER famous recording artists. To illustrate their point, they listed out each of the contestants and their sound-a-like brethren. We haven’t seen a case this airtight since the Scopes Monkey trial. [BWE]

[Photo Credits: Rolling Stone, Guardian, Getty Images]