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


My Chemical Romance Drummer Fired For Stealing
Drummer Michael Pedicone, who joined My Chemical Romance last year, following the departure of Bob Bryar, was abruptly fired on Thursday night. According to a blog post by guitarist Frank Iero, Pedicone “was caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show.” Iero also stated that the band does not intend to press charges. This afternoon, Pedicone released a statement via Kerrang! that stated, in essence, that he’d actually been caught attempting to frame a member of the band’s crew for the supposed theft. “I made what was certainly the poorest decision of my life,” he wrote. “Rather than address the issues that I had with the crew member in an open and honest manner, I tried to make them look irresponsible.” And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those pesky Fabulous Killjoys. [AV Club]

Madonna Is Working On A New Album
Madonna just premiered W.E., the historical drama she directed, on Thursday at the Venice Film Festival, but she’s already talking about new music. She’s re-teaming with her Ray of Light collaborator William Orbit and other producers including Martin Solveig (if his name doesn’t ring a bell, “Hello” might). She hopes to have a single ready for January or February and an album in the spring, and whether she hits those marks or not, she’ll certainly be disappearing into the studio for a while after the promotional push for W.E. wraps. [Popdust]

Childish Gambino Signs To Glassnote Records
Community star Donald Glover‘s rap project Childish Gambino has joined the ranks of Phoenix and You Oughta Know alumni Mumford & Sons and Two Door Cinema Club as the latest addition to the Glassnote Records roster. Glover hopes to release debut LP Camp on November 1. [Rolling Stone]

Soulja Boy Responds To Accusations Of Not Adequately Supporting The Troops
Within two weeks of the release of “Let’s Be Real,” Soulja Boy came under fire for the lyrics “F—k the FBI and f—k all the army troops/ Fighting for what? B—h, be your own man.” When several veterans (one an aspiring rapper) took issue with the lyric, and TMZ picked up the story, Soulja Boy issued a statement explaining, in so many words, that his lyrics were a poorly phrased expression of his frustration at the effect on the United States economy of “two wars that seem like they are never going to end.” [Rap Radar]

Let England Shake Wins 2011 Mercury Prize
Congratulations, PJ Harvey! [The Guardian]

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