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.
Last night, police detained Tyga at a video shoot in south central L.A. According to TMZ, it’s believed that the rapper was initially pulled over for reckless driving and then his bodyguard was allegedly arrested for possession of an unregistered firearm. As a result, Tyga missed a live stream Q&A with Chris Brown and Trey Songz where they announced their Between the Sheets tour. The tour kicks off on January 28 in Hampton, Virginia, and tickets go on sale November 17. Check out the full list of tour dates here.
Usher has decided to release his new single “Clueless” in a most unusual way. You’ll only be able to access it via a code on specially marked boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios that are sold exclusively at Walmart. FACT has reported that select boxes will be marked with a code that allows users to download the new song. Putting aside concerns of whether or not the track is kid-friendly, this is one of the more bizarre merchandising opportunities that we’ve seen lately. And we’ve been seeing quite a few. But while Taylor Swift gets an entire video sponsored by American Express, Usher is messing around in the cereal aisle of your local grocery store?
When French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve decided that she wanted to make Eden, a movie that concerns rave culture and coming of age in Paris during the ’90s and early 2000s, producers told her it couldn’t be done. In order to make the movie, they estimated that licensing to the soundtrack would cost approximately $1 million. But Hansen-Løve’s brother and co-writer, DJ Sven Hansen-Løve, put her back in touch with Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk; he’d been friends with the duo in their early days. (Part of Eden’s storyline is semi-autobiographical and concerns the first party where Daft Punk played their hit “Da Funk.”) Through the connection with Bangalter, the siblings were able to license three Daft Songs for $3,700 a piece. This set a standard for the other artists who contributed to the soundtrack. As Mia Hansen-Løve told The Hollywood Reporter, “No one was going to ask for more than Daft Punk received.” Therefore, Eden will now see its theatrical release in spring 2015.
How did Ghostface Killah lose a recent court case? Well, he just stopped paying his lawyer, cut off all contact and didn’t appear in court. (Guess that’s one way to handle the situation.) In 2011, the composer of the Iron Man theme song sued Ghostface for using it on his 2000 release, Supreme Clientele. After Ghostface wasn’t able to be served with papers, even though a private investigator was hired, the court allowed the composer Jack Urbont to serve him via public notice. Then, Ghostface’s lawyer quit on account of his client’s elusiveness, in addition to the fact that he had not received a check for his services. When Ghostface did not hire a new lawyer or make an appearance in court, Judge Naomi Buchwald ruled in favor of Urbont. Although the statutory damages will amount to $150,000, Urbont is also seeking punitive damages. Since the Iron Man theme song was written prior to 1972, it is protected by state law. Which means that by ignoring the rules of court and generally choosing to disappear, Ghostface Killah is now involved in a ruling that might potentially set a precedent for court cases that concern recordings prior to 1972.
Speaking of legal troubles and absences, Frank Ocean was denied the right to change his name because he accrued three tickets in three months over the summer. Additionally, the artist, whose real name is Christopher Breaux, had previously had his license suspending for skipping court dates. So, the judge decided to deny Ocean’s request to change his name until he could get his driving record under control. It seems like a minimal consequence though. Ocean can reapply once he has complied with the judge’s wishes.
While we haven’t seen much in the way of music from Kid Cudi lately, he’ll soon be popping up on our television screens. The rapper took a role on the new CBS drama Scorpion as Peyton Temple. Essentially, Cudi will be playing a music genius who invented a program that creates mathematically perfect pop songs. (Bit of wishful thinking?)
After Kendrick Lamar sang “Shake It Off” and Taylor Swift lip-synched to “Backseat Freestyle” within days of each other, it was only a matter of time before the mash-up emerged. (Thanks, Hood Internet.)
Also don’t forget on this fine Tuesday, you may have 99 problems, but your ass ain’t one: