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.
Well, that was fast. Although AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd still faces charges of threatening to kill and drug possession, the charge of attempting to procure murder has been dropped. It was the most serious of the charges that Rudd is currently facing. Meanwhile, AC/DC made a statement to reassure the fans that this would not be stopping the release of their new album Rock or Bust, or their subsequent tour to promote the new work.
It appears as though Bono might be changing his tune. In a recent discussion with journalist David Carr at Dublin’s Web Summit tech conference, Bono addressed the talked-over-to-death, surprise release of U2′s Songs of Innocence and said:
It’s one of the proudest things for us ever. We always wanted our music to be heard, and the idea that we could have worked for years and years [on] what we think are the most personal songs that we have ever written – and you have to become very raw to write like that – only then for them maybe not to be heard was terrifying. So we were just thrilled that we got a chance to introduce ourselves to people who weren’t fans of listening to rock music, or people that listen to Bhangra in India, or whatever, all around the world.
This is a very different response than the one Bono gave to a fan via Facebook Q+A a little over a month ago, when he apologized for the album drop and claimed, “We got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion…” Or whatever. Make up your mind.
Whether it’s Madonna or Britney or Beyoncé, they always tell me, “YES. Be yourself. Talk your shit.” At the end of the day, Middle America didn’t know me when I was underground. I still have to please my core fans and show them there’s nothing wrong with the girl I was when I came into the industry, and there’s nothing wrong with the girl they are. You know? There’s nothing wrong with speaking my mind, as long as when the song cuts off I’m still a businesswoman and I still respect myself. That’s where the true balance lies in my life. Women should be allowed to be as hardcore and sexual as we want, because men do it all the time.
Over on Conan, Wayne Coyne and Miley Cyrus covered themselves in tinfoil and googly-eyes to play the Beatles “A Day in the Life.” (It’s definitely the kind of tribute that the Fab 4 imagined as they were constructing their musical legacy.)
In an interview with Yahoo Music, Taylor Swift addressed the decision to pull her music catalogue from Spotify. The pop star said:
If I had streamed the new album, it’s impossible to try to speculate what would have happened. But all I can say is that music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.
However, Wondering Sound’s own Eric Harvey has already pointed out that Swift’s choice has very little to do with helping out other artists. What we’d really like to know is whether or not Swift got inspiration for 1989 by watching the Aerobic Championships. Happy Friday.