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


Kelly Clarkson Premieres “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”
Kelly Clarkson faced another leak yesterday—this time of the sort-of title track of her forthcoming album Stronger. With the release date looming, though, she just went ahead and put the studio-quality version on YouTube (and it sounds great!). Stronger hits stores on October 24. []

Courtney Love Resents Kurt Cobain’s Suicide, Regrets Her Relationship With Frances Bean
A November 2011 Vanity Fair profile of Courtney Love gives her the opportunity to explain how her and Frances Bean‘s lives were affected by her husband’s suicide (“for what he did to us, I’d f—king kill him. I’d f—k him, and then I’d kill him”) and how she and her daughter have grown apart (perhaps best illustrated in the note from Frances Bean’s lawyer disputing everything Love says in the interview. [Vanity Fair]

Justin Bieber Kicks Off Christmas-Music Season
Are you ready for Christmas music yet? Justin Bieber sure hopes so. His forthcoming Christmas album does have some standards in its tracklist, despite initial reports, but one new song, “Mistletoe,” is set to premiere in less than two weeks, and Bieber already performed it live. [Popdust]

Hip-Hop History: The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick
Ever wanted so see New York City rappers talking about their classic albums? You’re in luck! Last week’s Red Bull Music Academy World Tour 2011: Five Out Of Five NYC series (that’s a mouthful) featured one lecture in each of the five boroughs, including Slick Rick in conversation with Chairman Mao of ego trip. Red Bull Music Academy has the rest of the lectures, too. [ego trip.]

[Justin Bieber Image: Getty Images]

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