Top of the Morning: Meow the Jewels is Happening, Taylor Swift Endures Tons of Kittens and More

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 10.16.14 in News

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.

Well, it’s really happening. Nonprofits fight for donations, but somehow Meow the Jewels got funded with more than a week to go on their Kickstarter campaign. That’s right, El-P and Killer Mike will be remaking their second LP RTJ2 using only cat sounds.

Run the Jewels have also lined up a series of producers for the project, including Just Blaze, Boots, Zola Jesus and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow. There’s still no word on a release date, or what charity will be receiving all the donations, but who needs that kind of information when there are a bunch of kittens around?

Speaking of cats, Taylor Swift recruited a bunch of her feline friends to star in her new Diet Coke commercial.

There also appears to be a snippet of a new track playing in the background. With less than two weeks to go before the release of Swift’s latest album, we can only assume the audience is receiving another hint about what’s upcoming on 1989. Also, the last cat who stars in the video is Swift’s own Olivia Benson. Is her other cat Meredith Grey jealous about the screen time?

Justin Bieber hopped aboard Maejor Ali’s remix of “All About That Bass,” the Meghan Trainor song that’s topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks now. About halfway through the song, Bieber croons, “We know that shit ain’t real/ We know it’s Photoshopped!”

No one here is calling Trainor’s song a feminist anthem — it’s problematic on its best day, but as Jillian Mapes pointed out in Flavorwire, “Girls of all shapes and sizes could find a salve within the verses of ‘All About That Bass.’ At such a young age, I’d argue that takeaway of self-worth — even if it is wrapped up in male approval — is better than crippling insecurity. It’s better than internalizing the dissection of hot girls that routinely goes on across all genres but particularly infiltrates hip-hop and pop.” With Bieber’s additional lyric in the remix, he managed to strip the song of its potential positivity and strength. All in a day’s work for Bieber. We all know that dignity’s not exactly his strong suit anyway.

Erykah Badu, you little prankster! The songstress took to hustlin’ in Times Square yesterday to see what she could make. Sadly, she only totaled around $4 after eight minutes or so. And she wasn’t even recognized! Shame on you, New Yorkers. Badu seemed to take it all in stride and ended the video by playing Childish Gambino’sSweatpants.”

Afroman worked with the nonprofit Norml and dispensary locator Weedmaps to re-envision his 2001 hit “Because I Got High” so the song now has a pro-legalization angle. It turns out marijuana has really helped with his glaucoma and anxiety issues, you guys.

Paula Abdul also teamed up with Avon to take a stance for Breast Cancer Awareness, October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all. (The singer’s sister Wendy is a breast cancer survivor.) The ’80s pop star reminds women to get regular checkups and mammograms, even demonstrating how to do a self-care exam during her dance routine. Abdul eventually morphs into a version of the Hindu goddess Parvati at one point; perhaps to channel her power and stay healthy?

Before we let you go, don’t forget to check out last night’s South Park episode to see if you can spot the quick Lorde reference. (They’re not letting this storyline go so easily.)

Happy Thursday.