Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention over the long weekend and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
While Ariel Pink claimed he was working on the new Madonna album, it turns out that the Madge has never heard of him before. In an interview with Faster Louder, Pink said, “Interscope are calling me to help write Madonna’s record. They need something edgy. They need songwriting… I’m partly responsible for that return-to-values thing.” But Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, responded to a fan site on Twitter and let everyone know that this is not the case:
— Guy Oseary (@guyoseary) October 14, 2014
Ariel Pink is notorious for being something of a prankster in interviews, but you’d think he’d know better than to take on Madonna. She’ll easily snap his glib, little neck with those wiry arms.
Her pop star brethren quickly stepped in to defend their queen’s honor as well. Grimes put it best:
Ariel pinks delusional misogyny is emblematic of the kind of bullshit everyone woman in this industry faces daily
— Grimes (@Grimezsz) October 14, 2014
Last night, Iggy Pop delivered the fourth-annual John Peel lecture at the Radio Festival in Salford, England, and the godfather of punk had a few choice words for U2. His lecture was titled “free music in a capitalist society” and Pop claimed, “The shit has really shit the fan on the subject thanks to U2 and Apple. [They're] giving away music before it can flop, in an effort to stay huge… We are exchanging the corporate ripoff for the public one.” Then he vomited on stage, covered himself in peanut butter and took a flying stage dive into the crowd.
Does everyone know that P!nk has a country album? This is no joke, it’s true. She’s formed a country-folk duo with her friend Dallas Green (of City and Colour) called You+Me, and their album Rose Ave. was just released today. P!nk told Billboard she feels like her fans will follow her wherever she goes and she’s not worried about alienating her audience. In other words, the woman said, “Look. My last tour grossed $150 million, so I can do whatever the hell I want and people will like it.”
Mastodon might not have known what they were getting themselves into when they released their twerking video for “The Motherload,” but they certainly know how to capitalize on the attention. They’ll now be holding a twerking contest on Facebook, with bonus points if you wear their Asstodon shorts (available on their website for the low, low price of $29.99). The winner gets concert tickets to the show of their choice, served with dose of sexist vibes and cultural appropriation.
The nurse who had extensive contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has contracted the virus, making this the first reported transmission that has ever occurred in the United States. So far the worldwide outbreak has caused approximately 5,000 deaths and the scare is obviously very real and concerning. But Chris Brown sees it another way:
I don't know … But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. Shit is getting crazy bruh.
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) October 13, 2014
So, great. We can all feel much better about ourselves and the world now. Excellent.
Ariana Grande finally confirmed her relationship with Big Sean in an interview with The Telegraph. When the publication asked if the rapper was her boyfriend, the pop star replied, “Yes. He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.” No word on what she thinks his next single will be if they ever break up.
It seems like we can really count on Lorde to have a good sense of humor. Her response to the South Park episodes was equivalent to a shoulder shrug (Because who has time to care when you’re curating the soundtrack for a major motion picture?), and she even went so far as to do an impression of Stan’s dad for an interview with New Zealand’s TV3.
The girl gives us hope. Happy Tuesday.