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.
Earlier this week, Rihanna shared a new snippet of a song on Instagram, with the caption, “fuck with nuno.”
According to FADER, she’s probably referring to Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, who frequently joins her touring band. Billboard also noted that producer Glass John reposted the snippet and claimed that the song was titled “Kiss It Better.” He said that he wrote the song and co-produced it with Jeff Bhasker. Whatever the details, we know one thing for certain. New Rihanna is on its way.
We haven’t heard much from Zack de la Rocha since Rage Against the Machine broke up in 2000. But then he appeared on Run the Jewels’ track “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” earlier this fall, and now it appears as though we might be seeing more of de la Rocha in the future. According to NME, El-P told a crowd at Rough Trade East in London, “In 1999 I spent a month in my apartment in Brooklyn with Zack de la Rocha just before he split Rage Against The Machine, working on music that will never see the light of day. I can’t speak about his future but I will say that I’m going to LA to spend another month with him in January.” We’re very curious about where this will all lead.
André 3000 has been making the rounds at Miami’s Art Basel, as his jumpsuits from the Outkast reunion tour are being displayed in an exhibit with the Savannah College of Art and Design called i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin. In an interview with Hard Knock TV, via FADER, the rapper revealed that he will soon be releasing a tee-shirt line that contains all of the jumpsuits’ quotes.
Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and while we saw a lot of appearances from Boyhood, Birdman and True Detective in the categories, a few new names and familiar monikers were sprinkled among them. Unsurprisingly, both Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were nominated for the score of Gone Girl. But what a lovely surprise to see Patti Smith, Sia and Lorde joined by Lana Del Rey, who is already generating Oscar buzz for “Big Eyes.”
See the full list of nominees for the categories of Best Original Song and Best Original Score right below:
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
John Legend & Common, “Glory” (Selma)
Lana Del Rey, “Big Eyes” (Big Eyes)
Patti Smith, “Mercy Is” (Noah)
Sia, “Opportunity” (Annie)
Lorde, “Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
And speaking of awards season, Coldplay has shared their song “Miracles,” written for the new Angelina Jolie-directed film Unbroken; the true story of Louis Zamperini who survived a plane crash during World War II, only to be sent to a prisoner-of-war camp when he was found after 47 days on a life raft. (Rumor has it that this is Chris Martin’s play for a little gold statue of his very own.)
We’ll leave you with J. Cole’s performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Cole just released his latest album 2014 Forest Hills Drive this week. However, he chose to sing “Be Free,” the song that he wrote in the wake of Michael Brown’s death, even though it does not appear on the album’s tracklist.