Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
Before we jump into the more frivolous news items, please take a moment to watch Killer Mike’s speech about the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson before Run the Jewels’ performance last night in St. Louis. Please take a moment to think of Michael Brown and his family.
On Sunday afternoon, a man named Fredrik Wikingsson was the only member in the audience when Bob Dylan performed a concert at the Philadelphia Academy of Music. According to Rolling Stone, the concert was, “part of an ongoing Swedish film series Experiment Ensam (Experiment Alone), where people experience things completely alone that are usually reserved for large crowds.” Wikingsson is a friend of the film’s director, Anders Helgeson. After Dylan and his band played a series of covers, including Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat,” Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” and Chuck Willis’ “It’s Too Late (She’s Gone),” the legendary singer ended the set by saying, “Swing by anytime.”
On December 2, Chanel will hold its pre-fall show in Salzburg, Austria. During the festivities, a film starring model Cara Delevingne and artist Pharrell will be displayed featuring an original song called “CC The World.” You can watch an excerpt below. The short will be available in full on December 1 via the Chanel website.
This is not Pharrell’s only recent foray into film. In addition to working on several songs together, including her new single “Spark the Fire,” Pharrell and Gwen Stefani are also working on a song called “Shine” for the children’s movie Paddington.
According to the NY Daily News, there’s a rumor going around that Rihanna is close to signing a deal with Puma to help design a “lifestyle line.” Earlier this year, the singer filed trademarks for “Fenty Clothing” and “Fenty Apparel” (Fenty is the singer’s last name), so there’s also speculation that her own clothing brand will appear sometime in the next year. In the meantime, Rihanna voices the character of Tip in Dreamworks upcoming animated feature Home. Oh yeah, and we’re still waiting for that new album to appear.
And in other fashion news, it looks like Drake is going to be opening a flagship store for his OVO brand. Although he didn’t disclose the location of the store, it seems likely that “#6Side” refers to Drake’s hometown of Toronto.
According to XXL, the Savannah College of Art and Design is going to be hosting an Andre 3000 exhibit at the Miami Art Basel. Titled, i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000, “The exhibition will showcase all 47 custom jumpsuits with unique messages worn by Andre 3000 during his 2014 festival run with Big Boi.” After being shown in Miami, it will later move to the SCAD campus as a free exhibit in the summer of 2015.
At the American Music Awards on Sunday, Jessie J denied the existence of a “That Boy Is Mine” remake with Ariana Grande. In an interview with The Mirror, the singer said, “No, it’s not true, neither of us have agreed. Sadly people are believing it. I spoke to Brandy and I was like, ‘No it’s not happening.’ Monica and Brandy are the best.”
As we end the morning round-up, again. Please keep Michael Brown and his family in your thoughts today.