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.
“Blurred Lines,” the song that suggested all the women in America “know they want it,” continues to cause controversy. Marvin Gaye’s children are suing Pharrell and Robin Thicke for copyright infringement and Thicke’s sworn testimony was made public yesterday. The singer told the courts he had actually lied in the interviews where he cited Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” as inspiration because he was abusing Vicodin and alcohol for the entire year. He claimed to be high and drunk during every interview in 2013 and also while he was in the studio recording the track. (And when he was on Oprah, for shame!) The testimony can basically be summed up as, “It was Pharrell’s fault. May I please get back to harassing my soon-to-be ex-wife now?” Then last night, Thicke’s lawyer responded to the public commentary on the criticism by saying, “Robin’s moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited,” at which point someone played Paula, legal council shrugged its shoulders and walked away.
Apparently Kanye West was not happy about the way media outlets responded to the so-called “wheelchair” incident that occurred at his concert Friday evening. On stage yesterday in Brisbane, Australia, West called out Matt Lauer and The Today Show for working to sensationalize the story, which transitioned into a speech about his marriage and how he’s a true artist who’s just trying to make sure that everyone in the audience has a good time, with additional emphasis on his Christianity and his brand as a controversial figure. Oh yes, and he refused to issue an apology for embarrassing the crap out of two disabled members of Friday night’s audience. So you know, just another typical day for Kanye.
Mark Kozelek also seems to be taking a page out of the Kanye West Handbook on Handling Situations, by verbally attacking the War on Drugs during his set at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Sunday. To catch you up, in recent weeks Kozelek lashed out at the Hopscotch Festival audience referring to them as a “bunch of fucking hillbillies.” He then followed up on the press he received for that incident by selling a T-shirt that said, “All you fucking hillbillies, shut the fuck up,” which dozens of Brooklynites clamored to buy. Then on Sunday, when the War on Drugs’ set overlapped Kozelek’s, he proceeded to announce, “The next song is called ‘The War on Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick.’” (No word yet on when this T-shirt will be available at the merchandising table.) He also continued to refer to the band as “John Cougar Mellencamp.” The War on Drugs took personal offense to that last comment and tweeted out their disappointment in Kozelek, it also prompted Beat Radio to ask:
Is Kozelek's no-filter stage banter a performance-art extension of the no-filter approach to lyric writing he's embraced? #waronwarondrugs
— BEAT RADIO (@wearebeatradio) September 16, 2014
At which point Kozelek likely responded by sticking his middle finger high in the air and saying, “No, I really just do not give a fuck. I’ve been touring for years, I am done with these fucking amateurs.” (At least that’s how we imagine it going down.)
In other news, Skrillex and Diplo will take over Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve to play as the collaborative DJ-duo, Jack Ü. They’ll each play a set before taking the turntables together, tickets go on sale for $150 this Friday, September 19. They also released the first official single “Take U There” featuring singer Kiesza.
The Jack Ü show on New Year’s Eve will break Phish’s four-year holiday run at Madison Square Garden. Phish fans were outraged, until they realized that the jam band will likely go back to playing Miami’s American Airlines Arena, and then they were all like, “Whatever, man. It’s warmer in Miami anyway.”
Now let’s all watch Bill Murray dance to “Turn Down for What.” (Damn, this dude must be so bored in South Carolina.)