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.
OK! Magazine is reporting that Rihanna might be the next Bond girl. We can’t really talk about it too much because, between the opportunities for character puns and Rihanna singing a Bond theme song, our brains just exploded. And that’s not even factoring the kinds of costumes she would get to wear. Rihanna. Bond. Wardrobe. Think about it.
Last week Theophilus London claimed that Kanye West played his new album three times at a small, private listening party in Paris. This week, the rapper is mad that his Instagram is making the news and he took to Twitter to set the record straight.
Kanye west album isn't finish for all you Hypebeast bloggers out there writing for your magazine blogs
— Theophilus London (@TheophilusL) September 30, 2014
He followed up with:
Never said it was finished . People just read what ever they believed. I stated he played it over three times. Where does I say it's done?
— Theophilus London (@TheophilusL) October 1, 2014
Now, London does make a good point. If he wants to argue semantics, he never actually used the term “finished.” However, when you Instagram a photo of one of the most famous artists in the world and claim to have heard his highly-anticipated new album, people are going to pick up on it. And London? When you follow it up with a tweet to your SoundCloud and some promo for your new album that’s coming out next month? You’re not fooling anyone. Deal with the news cycle or stop using Kanye to boost your own reputation. You can’t call bullshit on the same tactics that you’re using, man.
Lady Gaga is suing songwriter Rebecca Francescatti for the $1.4 million she spent in court fees when Francescatti accused the pop star of plagiarism. The court ruled against the claim, and now Gaga wants Francescatti to foot her lawyers’ bill. In all fairness, those clothes get expensive and Gaga has been reduced to making albums with Tony Bennett after the release of ARTPOP. A girl’s gotta recoup her costs somehow if no one’s buying her music.
If you’re planning to attend Knotfest in California on October 24 in California, then be prepared for some unusual smells. Apparently there will be oil drums filled with burning camel dung spread across the grounds, so that the smoke wafts toward you, settling in your clothes and hair. Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told Rolling Stone, “You can’t huff it, but it’s got this smell. And it’s not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but its not necessarily the worst thing, it’s just remembering thoughts — it’s gonna be a reoccurring thing.” Sounds like a total blast. Not at all weird or uncomfortable. Really great idea.
In a documentary for FACT TV, Tricky said the he will never work with Damon Albarn again because the former Blur frontman is arrogant. (I know. We were shocked too.) Tricky went on to say, “Now you’ve got Bono hanging out with the Pope and Obama. As a musician to hang out with a politician, I think it’s disgusting. David Cameron? Obama? I wouldn’t shake their hand for £1,000,000.” We’re pretty sure that Cameron would react by politely sipping his tea. Obama definitely does not know who Tricky is, so we doubt he’s insulted.
Over on Billboard, they have a full run down of The Harvard Business School Report on Beyoncé. It can basically be summed up as, “Beyoncé is a bad ass,” but feel free to take a closer look if you like. (For the record, Bey does not like to sit in her office. She likes to walk around.)
Meanwhile, the Kozelek behavior is spreading fast. Tom Morello apparently got upset when The 5 Point Cafe in Seattle would not let his party enter the restaurant because it was at capacity. He let his opinion be known as well:
Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) September 27, 2014
Morello was in town to promote 15 NOW, an initiative that is trying to get the minimum wage in the city of Seattle raised to $15 an hour. Morello then said that he would forgive The 5 Point Cafe if they backed 15 NOW as well.
Willing to forgive the Seattle Evil (Egg) Empire 5 Points Cafe doorman powertrip if good guy owner D Meinert fully embraces #15Now min wage
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) September 29, 2014
Owner Dave Meinart wrote an epic response to Morello’s taunts. Read it in its entirety below. (Morello also issued a semi-apology of sorts, but Meinart’s is definitely more fun to peruse.)
For the record Tom Morello – The 5 Point is totally pro-worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.
I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in Rage and your work for workers rights since.
PS – rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a shit. Sorry.
And PSS – I’m the owner of the 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a City sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…
PSSS – turns out he and his crew didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys “I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no.