Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight while you were sleeping and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
Bono offered a halfhearted apology to those “fans” who were upset by the instantaneous appearance of Songs of Innocence on their Apple devices. Yesterday during a Facebook Q+A, one question that the band received was, “Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people’s playlists ever again? It’s really rude.” Bono responded:
Oops. I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.
While referring to it as a “beautiful idea” is still a bit of a stretch, at least he’s able to admit to his own delusions of grandeur.
In an interview with BBC Radio 6, host Matt Everitt asked Courtney Love if she had any favorite Smashing Pumpkins songs and opened the door to some pretty big claims. Love told Everitt that almost all of the Smashing Pumpkins’ hits, including most of Siamese Dream plus “Bodies” and “Tonight, Tonight” off Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, were written about her. She also said that some of the writing stemmed from Billy Corgan’s deep jealously over her relationship with Trent Reznor, but wouldn’t name the specific song. Love also doesn’t think it was a particularly good idea for Corgan to try to move past their break-up. “He stopped writing about me, and then he stopped having hits,” she said. So basically, somewhere out there, Reznor and Corgan are both screaming, “Dear God, let it go!” at their laptops and kicking themselves for past mistakes.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Howard Stern, Neil Young was really driving home the point that he’s still pissed at David Crosby. In regards to a reunion with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Young said, “Never happen, no, not in a million years. You have to think about things before you do them. If you make a mistake, you have to fix it right away. It will never happen. You don’t have to worry about it. It’s easy to say no.” Later on in the interview, he referred to Crosby as “what’s his name.” Young isn’t the only one who has been taking pot shots though. In a recent interview with the Idaho Statesman, Crosby spoke out about Young’s divorce from Pegi, his wife of 36 years, and said, “I happen to know that [Young]‘s hanging out with somebody that’s a purely poisonous predator now. And that’s karma. He’s gonna get hurt. But I understand why it happened. I’m just sad about it. I’m always sad when I see love get tossed in the gutter.” (Could Crosby be referring to Daryl Hannah?) At the end of the day, we wish that these two grumps would just get together and hug it out already.
Miley Cyrus swung by Australia to perform in front of the Sydney Opera House and appear on their morning talk show Sunrise. She told the hosts that she tries to ignore the fame and her life goal is to be “happy all the time.” Cyrus also claimed that she has learned to embrace her own crazy and said, “I am the joke, look at me. I am a walking joke.” So we have to admit, on the one hand, she’s poignant and insightful. On the other, she’s wearing a bunch of pom poms superglued to fake pink hair and a hideous bathing suit, therefore you have to take it all with a grain of salt.
What do you do when your engagement has failed? Or your wife has recently filed for divorce? If you’re Wiz Khalifa and Future, you make sure everyone knows your true feelings in regards to failed monogamy and women. Congrats, gentlemen, you’ve really outdone yourselves this time. There’s nothing like allegedly cheating on your partners and then guesting on this track. We’ve got some real men on our hands over here, that’s for sure.