Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention over the weekend and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
Speaking of Swift, she apparently has a big fan in Kelly Clarksonto approve. However, when you have a better set of pipes than the original singer, it means that new album better be coming in 2015, Clarkson. We’re being forced to listen to “Welcome to New York” over here — hurry up.
TMZ claims to have gotten a hold of a letter from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas that offers Kanye West a total of $4.5 million for nine shows over the course of three weeks. West would have performed at Axis had he accepted the offer, but guess what? He turned it down. (Perhaps to work on this album that is supposed to be coming before the end of the year?) West, however, did stop by Vegas for Kim Kardashian’s traditional birthday party at the TAO Nightclub where he admired the view.
Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye, the group he formed with three other members of Oasis when his brother left for greener pastures, has broken up. It’s probably for the best as no one really knew who they were anyway. Fans immediately started speculating about an Oasis reunion, but Noel seems to be doing just fine. He has a record coming out next year with his band the High Flying Birds, he’s been playing with Johnny Marr and he doesn’t have to put up with any of Liam’s shit.
Beady Eye are no longer. Thanks for all your support. LGx
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) October 25, 2014
Florence + the Machine popped up at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert this weekend. NME noted that it was the singer’s first appearance in the U.S. since November 2013. It’s been more than three years since the release of Ceremonials, and more than two years since Florence Welsh sang at Blake Lively’s wedding (But did she perform at the baby shower?), so perhaps this is a good sign that we’re about to start seeing more of the singer again.
WWD has reported that Beyoncé is partnering with retail seller Topshop to form Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd., a joint venture where the singer will lend her name, image and aesthetic to an athletic-wear line for the store. This is the first time Top Shop has partnered so closely with a celebrity. (Their collaborations with Kate Moss were all for the singular collections, as opposed to the continuation and building of a brand.) WWD asked the owner of Topshop, Sir Philip Green, if he’d ever seen Beyoncé work out. He replied, “No, but I went to her concert in Paris the other week. She’s a great dancer, one of the most hardworking and talented people in the world, who spends many hours of her life dancing, rehearsing and training.” An incredibly polite response, but we probably would have gone with, “No, but just look at her.” What kind of a stupid question is that?
Now, let’s watch the lead singer of Staind screw up the national anthem at the World Series. (And, despite the nerve-wracking situation, we don’t feel bad at all for taking Aaron Lewis to task on this one. He was less than generous to Christina Aguilera when she made a similar mistake back in 2011. Karma!)