Top of the Morning: Ariana Grande’s Lack of Chemistry, Beyonce Will Never Release a Free Album and More

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 09.29.14 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.

The Weeknd joined Ariana Grande for the season opener of Saturday Night Live where they sang their single “Love Me Harder” with about as much onstage chemistry as kids during a middle school dance. There was a respectable two feet of space between the singers at all times, and Abel even did a cute little spin with Ariana at the end; just like the little flower girl’s move at your second cousin’s wedding over the summer that you didn’t really want to go to, but your mom made you. #awkward

Noel Gallagher will be holding an intimate Q+A for 90 people at the Hammersmith Club in London during November. Tickets are priced between £40 and £100, all proceeds will go to the Global’s Make Some Noise charity. Gallagher will be speaking alongside bassist Nicky Wire, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and Shortlist Deputy Editor Hamish Macbain; all three have promised to throw a tambourine at Noel’s head if you pledge an extra donation.

Beyoncé’s marketing manager Jim Sabey let her audience know that they should never expect to see a free album from Queen Bey. He told the Financial Times that, “I never like to see anything go for free. We’ve never played the pricing game. There’s a misconception that recorded music sales are not an important piece of the mix of any artist business. They’re still really important.” Sabey’s comments directly referenced U2′s recent album drop for “Songs of Innocence,” which was given away for free. Sabey did not mention the fact that people actually want to hear Beyoncé’s new albums as opposed to U2′s, so she tends to operate on a different marketing plan that will actually make money.

Meanwhile, Jay Z brought his wife out during the Global Citizens Concert in New York City’s Central Park this weekend to perform “Holy Grail” and “Forever Young.” Because at this point, after the Born to Run tour, Jay’s basically like, “Y’all don’t really want to see me, do you? I mean, she’s just the better performer. I get it.”

And while Erykah Badu had a great time with Outkast down in Atlanta, Kid Cudi apparently struggled during his opening set. The rapper only played for about 30 minutes before he ended up pulling a Mark Kozelek and telling the crowd, repeatedly, to suck his dick before walking off stage.

No word from Cudi’s camp yet about the incident, but considering he tweeted this out the day before the concert, we think he’ll be okay:

Speaking of Kozelek, he’s recently been cast in director Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film Youth, while Joanna Newsom snagged herself a part in Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming Inherent Vice. There’s no official word of Kozelek’s role (although grumpy, aging rock star is probably not a bad guess), but Newsom will be playing the “narrator… Doc’s earth-goddess-like pal Sortilège” from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. So, not too far off from her everyday life anyway.

Now let’s watch Samuel L. Jackson sing some karaoke on this fine Monday morning.