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.
Jimmy Fallon recruited producer will.i.am to help him create the first music video for popular, recurring skit, “Ew!” Fallon reprises his character Sara (no H) and will.i.am becomes mir.i.am while Questlove acts as the school dance DJ. While it mocks teenage selfie culture, the video ultimately has a good cause. The song is available for purchase on iTunes and all proceeds will go to the SeriousFun Children’s Network and the i.am.angel Foundation. Let’s hope that Sara’s stepdad Gary doesn’t show up to ruin everything at any subsequent charity events. EW!
Little Ballers, a documentary that was co-produced by Lupe Fiasco and Knicks’ player Amar’e Stoudemire, will air November 26 on Nickelodeon. The doc focuses on the 11-year-old basketball players of New York City’s Amateur Athletic Union, which is widely considered a springboard for the NBA. Judging from the promo below, the kids are learning a lot from, super great example of a role model, Kobe Byrant. Pharrell’s new single “Come Get It Bae” is also playing, another excellent choice pairing when it comes to the children.
Speaking of documentaries, production has been completed on Salad Days: The Birth of Punk In The Nation’s Capital; a film centered around the 1980′s Washington, D.C. hardcore punk scene. The film was written and directed by Scott Crawford, the music journalist who first created the fanzine Metrozine, and included interviews with the likes of Dave Grohl, Henry Rollins, Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye, and Thurston Moore. No word on whether or not Rollins caused a ruckus on set, but we anticipate that he says at least 10 to 20 completely inappropriate statements. (Also, we should take note that the doc was originally funded by a Kickstarter campaign. This is actually how the crowd-funding site should be used, as opposed to… some other ideas.)
This isn’t the only project that has kept Dave Grohl busy lately. In anticipation of their new album Sonic Highways, the Foo Fighters have a residency on Late Night with David Letterman next week. Starting Monday October 13, the group will play five straight nights with an as-yet-unannounced line-up of special guests. (GWAR anyone?) The record already has a dramatic concept, eight songs were recorded in eight cities with resident musicians joining on each track, so why not keep amping up the hype? Maybe next they’ll go to Antarctica.
In advance of The Pink Print, Nicki Minaj has been popping up all over the place. She skipped over to Paris to help out her girl Beyoncé and now she’s gracing the pages of L’Uomo Vogue modeling menswear. Head over to Fader to see Minaj looking impossibly chic and sexy. We can’t wait for her album to drop.
Now let’s listen to a little Dylan on this overcast Tuesday, courtesy of our man Bill Murray.