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.
Over the weekend, Taylor Swift held a listening party for a group of superfans. The gang took polaroids while they listened to Swift’s upcoming pop album 1989 and met her cat Meredith Grey. They also had cookies and punch and decorated their school binders with Lisa Frank stickers, just like any age-appropriate party held by a 24-year-old pop star.
— Aaron Leal (@TheAaronLeal) September 21, 2014
Yesterday several demos written by Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes leaked, including one for Sky Ferreira’s “Everything is Embarrassing” and several tracks that were rejected from Britney Spears’ most recent album. Hynes has been known to perform his version of “Everything is Embarrassing” during live shows, and as for the Britney material? It’s Spears’s loss, as far as we’re concerned. Does anyone even remember a single track from Britney Jean?
It turns out Lana Del Ray will be playing a couple of shows at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to continue the support of this year’s Ultraviolence. Based on the singer’s previous quotes about dying in interviews with The Guardian and the New York Times, it seems a fitting venue. Still, the singer’s continued focus on death is somewhat troublesome.
It looks like the rumor about the new Bowie album could turn out to be a huge misunderstanding. Producer Tony Visconti took to Twitter to try and hash out the details.
CNN, I didn't say new Bowie album 'soon'. I quoted THE MAN who said 'More Music Soon' on Bowienet. That music is Sue.
— Tony Visconti (@Tonuspomus) September 20, 2014
Oops. But Bowie did reveal new artwork for “Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)” and there’s absolutely no speculation involved there. The single will be included on his upcoming greatest-hits album Nothing Has Changed, available on November 17.
Last night, Canada’s Polaris Prize passed over superstars Drake and Arcade Fire to present the award, and its accompanying $30,000, to Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Tagaq is known for her work with Björk and Björk’s husband, multimedia artist Matthew Barney. Tagaq defended seal-skinning practices in her acceptance speech, eloquently stating, “Fuck PETA.” Win Butler was unavailable for comment about the night’s events as he was recovering from his exertions on the basketball court.
In 2006, Ezra Koenig was a regular ol’ college senior in the creative-writing department at Columbia, penning short stories for the school’s literary magazine Quarto. A five-paragraph piece of fiction was recently unearthed from the archives and, just as you’d imagine, it reads like a very detailed version of a Vampire Weekend song. Even more charming is Koenig’s bio, which says, “He enjoys writing short prose pieces and pop songs, especially about post-hippie domesticity and the tenuous connection between preppiness and colonialism.” Turns out some obsessions never fade.