Top of the Morning: Rihanna Hints at a New Album, Interpol is Still Stuck in Buffalo and More

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 11.20.14 in News

Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.

On a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, it seems as though Rihanna might be hinting that a new album is imminent. She told the reporter that it was coming “very soon” and reiterated her excitement about the new music. (DJ Skee also said there’s a rumor going around that Rihanna had a listening party for the Def Jam execs very recently.)

This week, U2 were supposed to have a residency over on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which they had to cancel after Bono had a cycling accident in Central Park. Apparently the singer’s injuries are much more serious than the group first let on. Rolling Stone reported that, “The singer suffered numerous serious injuries, including a ‘facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,’ three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin.” The original surgery lasted five hours, a second surgery was completed on Monday to fix a fractured pinkie finger and Bono’s recovery will require extensive therapy as well. U2 has not announced an official tour for Songs of Innocence, so it’s still uncertain how recent events will affect their plans.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the saga, Interpol got stuck in a massive snowstorm on their way up to Toronto. The group is currently on tour, but were sidelined in Buffalo when six feet of snow appeared and they were subsequently forced to cancel shows. Members of the band have been tweeting throughout, and after being stranded for 48 hours, it finally looked as though they were on the move earlier this morning.

Alas, it turned out that the forward momentum was too good to be true. They hit a road block and, as of publication, were still waiting to get through and finally leave Buffalo.

At next year’s Manchester International Festival, a ballet will be performed that was based off the themes in Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Tree of Codes at the Manchester Opera House. Pitchfork reported that it was choreographed by Wayne McGregor with staging by visual artist Olafur Eliasson. Also it was scored by none other than Jamie xx. In reference to the many different levels of collaboration taking place, Eliasson said, “Clearly Jamie’s music can’t live without movement and space. Clearly Wayne’s choreography can’t live without sound and space. Clearly my art can’t live without sound and movement. Clearly creativity can change the world.” The ballet will be performed July 2, 2015 through July 10, 2015. A full schedule for the festival will be announced in February. As for Jamie xx, he is still promising that we’ll see both a new solo album and a new album from the xx in the coming year as well.

Yesterday on Tumblr, a fan asked Mark Ronson, “Who is your dream collab? (Dead or alive.)” And the producer replied, “My all time dream collab just came true. Stevie Wonder played harmonica on my album.” Ronson is, of course, referring to Uptown Special; his first album in four years that will be released in January. Apparently with Stevie Wonder’s name in the liner notes as well.

According to Billboard, The Beach Boys’ Mike Love is set to release a memoir with Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Random House. Titled Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, the memoir is due out in 2016. One topic that it will address is Love’s relationship with his cousin, and the group’s frontman, Brian Wilson. The two famously fought over song-writing credits and creative control. In a statement to the Associated Press, Love said, “I’ve had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences. There are a lot of things I haven’t shared before, and I’m looking forward to opening up about my life and my work in this book.”

It seems as though a man who worked for Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford (yes, the one who smoked crack) has decided to release an EP based off his time in the mayor’s office, and the political experiences he encountered while on the job. FACT reported that Brendan Croskerry worked with Broken Social Scene’s producer Dave Newfeld on the Live from City Hall EP. In order to announce the release, Croskerry also made a video that features a child singing to Ford right after he was stripped of his duties in 2010, prior to being reelected.

And you can listen if you want to? (Can’t make this shit up.) Happy Thursday.