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

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Jennifer Lopez Will Return To American Idol Next Season
Jennifer Lopez is having a great day. Her September 2011 Vanity Fair cover story was announced (and teased), and on top of that, a deal has allegedly been struck—though not yet signed—that will bring her back to an American Idol judge’s chair…to the tune of just over $20 million, which is a touch more than the $12 million she made for last season’s stint. [Popdust]

Two New Albums Forthcoming From The-Dream, One Of Which Won’t Be By The-Dream
According to his Twitter, The-Dream plans to work on a new album (his fourth) for Def Jam, slated for a fourth-quarter release. He will also be releasing a 10-song album called 1977 under his given name Terius Nash on August 31. He claims, “BTW NO ONE AT DEFJAM IS HAPPY ABOUT A FREE ALBUM LOL…. they are trying to stop it!” So this may not play out as The-Dream has planned. [@mrteriusnash]

Sugarland And Sara Bareilles Cover “Come On Eileen”
Sugarland has been regularly been inviting opener Sara Bareilles onstage to help them close out their set with a cover. The Dexy’s Midnight Runners song “Come On Eileen” has become such a favorite that they hired some pro videographers to record their performance last week in Los Angeles, and they premiered the live video today. [EW Music Mix]

Chino Moreno Of Deftones Releases Free Side Project
The title is a trio of typography daggers (pronounced as Crosses), which has led basically every report to refer to the project as witch house. (It’s not.) [Pitchfork]

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