Top of the Morning: Johnny Marr Performs a Smiths’ Song, Ariana Grande and Jessie J to Remake “The Boy Is Mine” and More

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 11.12.14 in News

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.

Johnny Marr went on The Tonight Show to hang out with Jimmy Fallon for a bit and performed the single “Easy Money” off his new album Playland. The former Smiths guitarist also decided to revisit his old band’s catalog and sang “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before.” (This isn’t the first time Marr played a Smiths song in celebration of his new record. Noel Gallagher joined him on stage to sing “How Soon Is Now?” at the Brixton Academy.)

Speaking of the Smiths, it turns out that bassist Andy Rourke is helping James Franco make a record. Franco apparently has a band called Daddy and the celebrity told VICE, “We took a 10-poem sequence called ‘The Best of the Smiths: Side A and Side B.’ I originally wrote this sequence as a way to use one medium (music) to influence another one (poetry). The Smiths’ songs provided inspiration for the poems, lending tone and situation. Once I had the sequence, [fellow band member] Tim [O'Keefe] and I took the material one step further and turned the poems inspired by songs, back into songs of their own.” Apparently, Rourke himself is on every song of the new album Let Me Get What I Want, which means no one involved in the situation realizes the whole thing is probably a bad idea. Watch the video for “This Charming Man,” where they include many artistic elements such as burning photographs, staring into each other’s eyes on hillsides and floating morosely in water.

If you find yourself visiting New York City this holiday season, don’t forget to stroll through Times Square at approximately 11:57 p.m. Every night in December, Antony and the Johnsons‘ video for “You Are My Sister,” directed by Charles Atlas, will light up the billboards there as part of the Midnight Moments Digital Gallery. The event is hosted by the Times Square Alliance, but if you can’t make it there then don’t worry. We got you.

Producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins seems to have decided that he will remake his 1998 hit “The Boy Is Mine,” replacing the original singers Brandy and Monica with Ariana Grande and Jessie J. Rembert Browne over on Grantland put it best when he said, “As soon as it was announced, you could see how this story will play out…they record it, some pictures from the recording are Instagrammed, it’s released, a video follows in which they try to recreate chemistry on opposite sides of drywall while fighting over Tyga, and ultimately it’s performed at an award show, where Brandy and Monica join them onstage to prove this ‘tribute’ was actually worth it. I can’t predict the future, but that’s exactly what is about to happen.” Now, we know Jerkins is a very successful producer and who are we to question his decisions? Except this is a terrible idea and he should not do it.

Karen O lent her voice to Target’s upcoming holiday campaign, where she covers “Marshmallow World” for a series of different spots. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman has contributed to commercial campaigns in the past, including one for Adidas, directed by her good friend Spike Jonze, and print ads for Absolut’s Wild Tea Vodka. And honestly, the Target commercial is pretty adorable. Her voice is well suited for a Christmas classic.

Now go listen to T-Pain hop on the remix of K Camp’s “Blessing” featuring Jeremih because it’s quite fantastic. It’ll put some pep in your step this Wednesday morning.