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.
The 2014 Super Bowl set a new record for viewership, so CBS decided to start the football season with a real bang this year to get those high marks from the Nielsen ratings. Their opener for Thursday Night Football will be directed by Emmy Award-winning director Pete Radovich, featuring narration from Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle, with Jay-Z and Rihanna’s “Run This Town” serving as the musical backdrop.
Since they previously asked Rihanna to pay for a Super Bowl Halftime show, do you think that she’s getting a check for this gig? (Also, please give every Super Bowl Halftime show to Beyoncé.)
The Guinness Book of World Records bestowed new honors on Metallica, One Direction, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. Metallica is the first band to play on all seven of the Earth’s continents in one year during their 2013 “Freeze ‘Em All” tour, where they held a show for 120 scientists and contest winners in Antarctica. One Direction is the first group to debut at No. 1 with their first three albums. Cementing their status as reigning social media queens, Katy Perry has the most Twitter followers and Miley Cyrus is the most googled pop star. The lesson in all of this is not to underestimate the power of teeny boppers or Lars Ulrich’s ego.
Speaking of humble, during a BBC Radio interview, Kim Kardashian West told the station that Kayne West doesn’t like to display his Grammy’s around the house. Instead he keeps them in the laundry room and old sock drawers because, according to Mrs. West, he’s “not a show-off person.” This was after Kanye’s Made in America tour performances and Kim’s stripped-down shoot as GQ‘s Woman of the Year. Ahem.
Rumors continue to swirl as the potential release of the iPhone 6 draws near. Apple is set to host an event in Cupertino, California, on September 9 and the newest gossip is that Bono and the gang will be in attendance. Apparently a sound stage is being built, Julian Lennon told a European publication that the group was in France to shoot an Apple commercial, and the band’s long-standing (if not somewhat prickly) relationship with the tech company all led to the conclusion that U2 is definitely going to be uploading their new album onto the iPhone 6 in order to make a splash upon release. Personally, Madonna’s idea seems a bit more clever.
Mac DeMarco made a cameo in a new TOPS video for his single “Way to Be Loved.” His appearance lasted all of 30 seconds, but the singer managed to flash his testicles to the camera because…he’s Mac DeMarco. Check out the 1:47 mark if you can brave it before the caffeine kicks in.
And last, but certainly not least, we have Chris Brown’s cover for Billboard. Now, “maybe” this was not exactly the best idea and “maybe” someone should have pointed that out, but “maybe” we should all hold off on our judgment for a minute and hear what Brown has to say. Who knows? “Maybe” the singer will actually manage to muster up a true apology for his past behavior instead of a half-hearted excuse and “maybe” he’ll acknowledge that violence and sexual abuse is not acceptable. Maybe.