Top of the Morning: No “Beats” for the NFL, Drake’s Awards Show and More

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 10.06.14 in News

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.

No more “Beats” for professional football players. According to Sporting News, it turns out that the NFL has signed a deal with Bose that prohibits any player in the league from wearing Beats headphones during training camp, practice sessions, game day, post-game interviews, and the restriction stays in place up to 90 minutes after the game has ended. Beats issued a statement claiming, “Over the last few years athletes have written Beats into their DNA as part of the pre-game ritual. Music can have a significant positive effect on an athlete’s focus and mental preparedness and has become as important to performance as any other piece of equipment.” But they’re probably just pissed off that those diamond-encrusted headphones, supposedly valued at $25,000 a piece, were not the right $2.65 million investment to make earlier this year. Beats gave a pair to every player in the NFL, but take note. You can’t buy love, boys.

It’s tough times for Nickelback. London resident Craig Mandell has started a Kickstarter campaign called “Don’t Let Nickel Back,” where the amount of money that you donate will determine the severity of the language in an email to the band’s management ordering them never to tour in the UK. Mandell is a friend of Andrew Goldin, the Foo Fighters fan who used Kickstarter to fund a concert for the group in Richmond, VA, and he definitely seems to think that if you can use crowd-sourcing to bring a band to you, then it should be able to keep them out as well. It doesn’t seem to matter that Nickelback does not have current tour dates scheduled in the UK. With an upcoming album in November, Mandell is not taking any chances. The campaign must go on.

Over on Instagram, Drake decided to host his own awards show and bestowed five “Hood Grammys” on his fellow artists because he wants the real Grammys to have a “rap year.” And of course, two out of the five were part of the OVO crew; both PARTYNEXTDOOR and iLoveMakonnen were among his winners. Not that Drake is biased or anything. Check out the full list below:

Vocal Performance of the Year: Bobby Shmurda “Hot N—a”


Best Latin Club Anthem: iLoveMakonnen “Tuesday”

Best All Around Turn Up: OG Maco “U Guessed It”

Best Performance by a Group or Duo: Rae Sremmurd “No Flex Zone” & Rich Gang featuring Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug “Lifestyle”

In an interview on Pearl Jam’s Sirius XM radio station, Jack White, requisite champion of feminism, gave his own particular take on the life of female musicians:

When you have all-female acts or female front people, there’s a different perception. It’s sort of a real shame that if a woman goes onstage with an instrument – a guitar or drums or something – that it’s almost a novelty to people, like ‘Oh isn’t that cute?’ The ultimate shame of it is that girls have to work twice as hard to really prove themselves. But in the end you get something better than any other run-of-the-mill male musician, because they’re really putting it into proving what’s going on there a lot of the time, because they’re put in a position where they have to.

While we understand that White’s trying to get a handle on this issue, he also fails to note that part of its inherent problem is male rock stars, such as himself, treating female musicians like an anomaly and capitalizing on this inequality to his own artistic and financial advantage. That’s not cute, White.

Yesterday Calvin Harris reached out to his fans on Facebook to let them know who is guesting on his upcoming album next month:

There’s a new track with Ellie Goulding, a new track with Ummet Ozcan called “Overdrive,” a new track with Big Sean, a new track with R3hab called “Burnin,” a new track with Tinashe, a new track with HAIM the band, a new track with Firebeatz is on there, another brand new song with Hurts, a new track with All About She. Also Gwen Stefani is on my new album Motion. And there’s a couple more with me singing.

The impressive line-up was probably bolstered by the fact that Harris was named the Highest Paid DJ in the world by Forbes for the second year in a row. Turns out that earning $46 million in a mere 365 days just sends those artists flocking. Motion is due out November 3 via Columbia Records.

In January, Courtney Love will be taking a stab at a new gig — opera singer. (Yes, you read that correctly.) She’ll star in one of the lead roles of Kansas City Choir Boy in January during New York’s Prototype: Opera/Theater/Now Festival. Creator Todd Almond describes the project as, “When I say ‘opera,’ I don’t mean it’s in an operatic style. I mean it in the sense that it’s a group of songs that tell a story. I write musicals, I write plays and I write what I call opera.” Between that description and Love’s lead role, we don’t know what could possibly go wrong with this one. Sign us up for tickets.

Now let’s watch 10-year-old Elliot of Little Punk People interview J Mascis: