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


Beyoncé Reveals “Countdown” Sneak Peek
Ready for a new Beyoncé video? (Is the answer ever not yes?) MTV’s Buzzworthy blog has the first 30 seconds of the video for “Countdown,” which premieres on Thursday. It’s simple yet ultra-stylized: sixties-chic by way of Sesame Street. Random fact: director Adria Petty is the daughter of Tom Petty. [MTV Buzzworthy]

Sting Hosts Sting Tribute Show For Sting’s Birthday
Sting celebrated his 60th birthday with a star-studded concert at the Beacon Theater in New York on Saturday night, with all proceeds going to the Robin Hood Foundation. Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Mary J. Blige and gathered to duet with Sting on his own songs. Springsteen was reportedly the crowd favorite despite making the equivalent of a Viagra joke. [Rolling Stone]

ESPN Pulls Monday Night Football Theme After Hank Williams, Jr. Makes Controversial Obama/Hitler Comments
Are you broadcast-ready for some football? Hank Williams Jr. isn’t anymore. After he referred to President Barack Obama as “the enemy” and made a bizarre analogy involving Adolf Hitler and Benjamin Netanyahu while on Fox & Friends this morning, ESPN announced that his Monday Night Football-themed rework of “All My Rowdy Friends” would no longer be used to open the show. [ESPN]

Ex-LAPD Detective’s New Book Claims Diddy, Suge Knight Ordered Tupac, Notorious B.I.G. Murders
Greg Kading’s self-published Murder Rap is due out tomorrow, after which it will become clear what, exactly, Kading puts forward in his book, and whether his information is at all reliable. [LA Weekly]

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