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.
Although it was critically panned, disowned by friends and family members, and contained almost none of her music, Lifetime’s original movie Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B pulled in 3.2 million viewers on Sunday evening, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Basically, that’s a whole lot of hate-watching.
According to the Daily Mail, Diplo welcomed a second child with his ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart. They allegedly named their new son Lazer Lee Louis, who joins his older brother Lockett. Meanwhile, Diplo took time out of his dad duties to release a reissue of Florida via BitTorrent and announce that he’ll be participating in the “live sessions” that will take place as a result of Spotify’s partnership with Uber. (As of November 21, in select cities, premium users will be able to connect their Spotify accounts to the Uber app and hear their playlists during Uber rides.) Diplo also enticed his fans to fund a KickStarter campaign to “get Taylor Swift a booty.” Swift’s good friend Lorde jumped to her defense and Diplo finally found time, between changing diapers, to respond:
— dippity doo da (@diplo) November 16, 2014
But it seems like he really felt a need to drive the point home.
The father of two children, ladies and gentlemen; the person who will be responsible for teaching two young boys how to respect women. Let’s not forget that he is also rumored to be dating Katy Perry. (Lord, that girl has a type.)
Lorde, however, is doing just fine. She released her curated soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I yesterday and told fans, via Twitter Q+A, that if she could be any of the characters, she would be Cinna.
Neil Young will be getting his caffeine fix elsewhere, thank you very much. Young has decided to do without his morning latte from Starbucks. According to a letter on his website, Young came to this conclusion based off Starbucks’ decision to back Monsanto’s lawsuit against Vermont. The corporation is angry that the state passed a law requiring products be labeled to indicate the presence of GMOs. Young said:
Hiding behind the shadowy “Grocery Manufacturers Association,” Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that’s aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech. Monsanto might not care what we think — but as a public-facing company, Starbucks does. If we can generate enough attention, we can push Starbucks to withdraw its support for the lawsuit, and then pressure other companies to do the same.
He encourages people to donate to SumOfUs in a show of support for Vermont.
Although the lyric video for “Only” caused some pretty heavy duty controversy, with a subsequent apology from Nicki Minaj and a refusal to apologize from director Jeff Osborne, she is going full-steam ahead to create a full music video for the single. Yesterday afternoon, the rapper shared photos from the set and sure enough, both Drake and Lil Wayne were present:
The progeny of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith shared their very interesting opinions with T Magazine yesterday when they sat down to talk about their music, and ended up discussing life force instead. For instance, in response to a question about time, the two siblings replied:
JADEN: It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe. It’s relative to beings and other places. But on the level of being here on earth, if you are aware in a moment, one second can last a year. And if you are unaware, your whole childhood, your whole life can pass by in six seconds. But it’s also such a thing that you can get lost in.
WILLOW: Because living.
And then later, when asked a question about the recurring theme of breathing in their songs, the two said:
WILLOW: Breathing is meditation; life is a meditation. You have to breathe in order to live, so breathing is how you get in touch with the sacred space of your heart.
JADEN: When babies are born, their soft spots bump: It has, like, a heartbeat in it. That’s because energy is coming through their body, up and down.
WILLOW: Prana energy.
JADEN: It’s prana energy because they still breathe through their stomach. They remember. Babies remember.
WILLOW: When they’re in the stomach, they’re so aware, putting all their bones together, putting all their ligaments together. But they’re shocked by this harsh world.
JADEN: By the chemicals and things, and then slowly…
WILLOW: As they grow up, they start losing.
JADEN: You know, they become just like us.
The rest of the interview is just as bananas, so you should definitely go read the whole thing right here.
Moving on, the holiday season is quickly approaching and that means it is time for all of us to be inundated with a whole host of holiday specials and music. First we got the Mark Kozelek Christmas album and now Los Campesinos! have announced that they will be bringing us A Los Campesinos! Christmas; a 6 track EP that will be available on December 8. You can listen to “When Christmas Comes” below.
On a brighter note, this new documentary about collectors who seek out the most eclectic and interesting Christmas music actually looks kind of fun. Plus, according to Stereogum, it has appearances from “Run-DMC’s Rev. Run, the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, novelty-music baron Dr. Demento, and cult filmmaker John Waters.”
Jingle Bell Rocks! will be available on DVD November 28 via Oscilloscope Laboratories. (Yep, the same people who brought you the Pulp documentary.)
Now did you want to start off your Tuesday with a punk-metal version of “Turn Down for What” featuring Ice-T? Okay, we got you.