Top of the Morning: Lana Del Rey Might Be Up for an Oscar, Notorious B.I.G. Duets and More

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 11.19.14 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.

Apparently, Tim Burton is a Lana Del Rey fan. The director had her create two new songs for his upcoming movie Big Eyes; including the title track and another named “I Can Fly.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Weinstein studios are on the fence about which one to push for an Oscar nomination. While “I Can Fly” is apparently the more upbeat of the two, and therefore more likely to get radio play, “Big Eyes” seems to capture the overall tone of the movie. It was originally intended to run over the end credits, but as THR said:

[T]he filmmakers discovered Del Rey’s ballad fit perfectly as… “a centerpiece number” over two mostly dialogue-free scenes that in earlier cuts sported [Danny] Elfman’s orchestration. The number begins as an instrumental when Adams spots her paintings being sold in a supermarket, then turns to a vocal piece with a big, pronounced beat as the character returns home determined to develop a new style of painting; it slips back out of the vocals as Christoph Waltz’s character returns and confronts his artistically straying spouse.

Del Ray previously contributed “Young and Beautiful” to the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, but this is the first time that she’s receiving a significant amount of Oscar buzz.

If Patti Smith seemed to be an odd choice for the Vatican’s annual Christmas concert, the singer herself certainly doesn’t think so. Smith was at a screening Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming movie Noah — she wrote “Mercy Is…” for the film’s sountrack — when a reporter from The Guardian asked Smith how she felt about her fans’ skeptical response towards the Vatican performance. Smith replied:

I’m not playing to the Pope. He may not even be there! But I expect there’ll be a bunch of cardinals. It’s a Christmas concert for the people, and it’s being televised. I like Pope Francis and I’m happy to sing for him. Anyone who would confine me to a line from 20 years ago is a fool! [Referring to the lyric, "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine," from "Gloria.] I had a strong religious upbringing, and the first word on my first LP is Jesus. I did a lot of thinking. I’m not against Jesus, but I was 20 and I wanted to make my own mistakes and I didn’t want anyone dying for me. I stand behind that 20-year-old girl, but I have evolved. I’ll sing to my enemy! I don’t like being pinned down and I’ll do what the fuck I want, especially at my age.

Her words were met with cheers from the crowd.

While promoting her new album Incomparable, Faith Evans let it slip that she planned to work on an upcoming project with the work of her late husband Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G. Evans told HipHollywood that it will be an album of duets in the style of Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole and that it would be “unheard music in the presentation of it.” She also said that she hopes to give the audience a first listen within the next year.

While Evans likely got the idea from Puff Daddy’s previous album Duets: The Final Chapter, which also features Biggie’s remixed work, it was not mentioned.

Yesterday, Victoria Secret’s announced the musical guests for its annual holiday runway show. It looks like Taylor Swift will be making a repeat performance this year, in addition to Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Hozier.

At least one of the Angels is very excited about it:

But still no word from Karlie Kloss.

Singer Liz Phair has written a new song titled “Ho Ho Ho” for Amazon Prime’s All Is Bright compilation. In regards to the song, she said, “I’ve always wanted to write a dystopian Christmas song. Holidays are a time of emotional turbulence, of unpredictable highs and lows… I tried to contrast chirpy, cheery elements with a depressing story line.” All Is Bright will be available for purchase on Amazon tomorrow, but if you’re an Amazon Prime member than you get the chance to listen for free. (You can check out Phair’s track over on Stereogum.)

Bob Marley will be the new face of a strain of marijuana called Marley Natural. The singer’s family announced on Monday that they have licensed his image to a New York-based company that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “will offer pot-infused creams, accessories and strains of ‘heirloom Jamaican cannabis’… the cannabis itself will be sold as ‘loose packed’ buds, oils or concentrate.” All the packaging will be handled by Heckler Associates; the same people who bundle up your New Balance shoes and Starbucks coffee beans.

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus is lending herself to Golden Lady’s Rock Your Legs campaign. The Italian hosiery company has released a worldwide advertising campaign, featuring the pop star. If you think the ad looks at all similar to “The Wrecking Ball” video, you’re not wrong. It was shot by infamous photographer Terry Richardson, who still seems to be acquiring work these days.

Happy Wednesday.