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


Jennifer Lopez Will Return To American Idol
So said Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, in so many words, this morning on Ryan Seacrest‘s morning show: “I believe we’re still waiting for the official announcements but I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of American Idol, [are] back for the next season.” [EW Inside TV]

Taylor Swift Premieres Fifth Speak Now Video
“Sparks Fly” is a pretty straightforward tour-advertisement video, but it’s a good advertisement, and anyway, what do you want? She’s already released four high-concept clips in the last year! Sidenote: we’re curious what Sara Marcus would say about Swift’s penchant for writing on her body. Is that in dialogue with riot grrrl? [Vimeo]

R. Kelly Addresses Fans After Surgery
In the video, which surfaced on YouTube today but is purported to be from the day of his surgery, R. Kelly thanks his fans for their prayers and states his desire to get back in the studio as soon as possible. Thanks for the public announcement, R.! [Vulture]

Spice Girls Jukebox Musical In Production
We’d be upset that the Spice Girls show, called Viva Forever, is opening in London’s West End, where we can’t see it, but inexplicably the show is not based on the underheralded 1997 film Spice World. [Popdust]

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