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.
U2 addressed the recent criticism that Iggy Pop threw their way in regards to Songs of Innocence. In an interview with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6, Bono said, “[Iggy]’s one of the great singers we have, like Frank Sinatra-good. He’s also a great lyricist. I would listen to anything he says apart from telling us!” We’re not sure if Frank Sinatra is the most apt comparison for Iggy Pop, but this is also coming from the man who still insists on believing people want his album. You can’t exactly trust Bono’s judgment.
Meanwhile, other musicians continue to criticize U2′s choice to partner with Apple. Recently, The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney told The Seattle Times that, ” [U2] devalued their music completely. [It] sends a huge mixed message to bands… that are just struggling to get by.” There weren’t any drummers in the Rat Pack so we’re not sure who Bono will compare Carney to now.
Yesterday we told you that Meow the Jewels, the project where El-P and Killer Mike promised to remake their second album RTJ2 using only cat sounds if people donated over $40,000 worth of donations to a Kickstarter campaign, is happening. Run the Jewels made a trailer for its eventual release, just to let you know that it’s really on its way:
This is just what the world needed. How would we have ever lived without it?
In a video for Noisey that was so over-the-top cutesy it made our eyes cross, Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis interviewed one another and revealed that they’d once worked on a record together. (Apparently they recorded it the week that Elliot Smith died.) The duo called their collection of songs Blood on the 4-Tracks and joked about its eventual release. Oberst said, “I’d be into it as long as it’s some kind of edible 7″ or something. We can talk to Jack [White] about making us an edible 7.” Lewis replied, “We want a Fruit Roll-Up 7″ of Blood on the 4-Tracks.” Somewhere Jack White is now hard at work constructing a special wrapper for this intrepid project. A deluxe edition, which includes a snack pack, milk money, and a reusable lunch bag that contains secret bonus materials, is also in the works.
Remember the NFL’s deal with Bose that prevented any of the players from wearing Beats merchandise? (Even those diamond-encrusted headphones that Beats gifted to every player in last year’s Super Bowl are strictly prohibited.) Turns out the players are rather unhappy about the whole business. Rolling Stone reported:
[The deal] has led to brazen acts of disobedience by players and Beats spokespersons like Colin Kaepernick and Richard Sherman, who have worn their headphones both in pregame warm-ups and postgame press conferences, resulting in $10,000 fines. During a recent press conference, Kaepernick conspicuously wore his Beats during a press conference, but with pieces of tape over the headphones’ logo, even though Beats’ unique design makes them pretty unmistakable.
Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine also trashed Bose during a recent talk at University of Southern California’s Global Conversation. He said, “You have a tech company that’s culturally inept. There’s no one at [Bose] that said, ‘If you ban these guys, you’re going to look bad to the young people, and they’re going to look like superheroes… you’re going to make them look like the underdog.” Meanwhile, we’re still focused on the fact that someone is willing to get fined $10,000 just to wear a stupid pair of overpriced headphones.
A couple days ago Bobby Shmurda took to Instagram to voice his anger and disappointment over the state of his current financial situation. Apparently the rapper did not feel as if he was getting paid for any of the recent shows. He has been out and about frequently these days in order to promote the upcoming release of Shmurda She Wrote. (The video was deleted from his Instagram account, but not before someone had the chance to upload it to YouTube.)
According to his manager Leslie Pollard, who also happen to be Shmurda’s mother, it’s just all a huge misunderstanding. She told Billboard, “It’s not that he’s not getting paid, it’s that he’s new to the business… I guess he’s thinking all the money should go from the front man to his hands – it doesn’t work like that. Of course they hold onto it so he actually does the show. Then it goes to his business manager, then to the touring accountant, and then to him.” She said his video was impulsive, but the situation has been clarified and resolved.
Also, South Park is making a very serious run to see how many days they can stay in the news with this Lorde storyline. This time, Sia stepped in to represent Lorde on the track, “Push (Feeling Good on a Wednesday).” Now that it’s out, chill guys. It has had it’s day in the sun. Let it go now.