Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention over the Thanksgiving holiday and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
Wu-Tang Clan will officially release their new album A Better Tomorrow on Tuesday December 2, but just in care you can’t wait, they made sure that the album is currently available to stream in full.
On Wednesday, Scott Stapp, former frontman of Creed, posted a video to the band’s Facebook page claiming to be broke and homeless. Although it has since been removed, Fox News claims that Stapp said, “Eight weeks ago, I began an audit of not only my record company, but my personal finances. During the course of that audit, a lot of things were uncovered. A lot of money was stolen from me, or royalties not paid, and that’s when all hell began to break loose.” Although Stapp claims to be sober, the Miami Herald reported that his wife Jaclyn Stapp has filed for divorce and is seeking full custody of the couple’s three children. She claims that he has been abusing amphetamines, crystal meth and steroids, and also filed a Marchman Act petition which might allow the courts to order Stapp into treatment.
NME discovered that Frank Ocean posted a new track, titled “memrise,” on his Tumblr page early this morning. There’s lyrics over there as well. Ocean is still working on the follow-up to 2012′s Channel Orange, but he gave no indication is this new work is part of an upcoming record or not.
Billy Corgan has made his point. Anderson Cooper recently mocked the singer’s cover of PAWS, where Corgan posed with two black cats. So Corgan has responded by selling “Fuck You Anderson Cooper” tee-shirts at the Smashing Pumpkins’ merch table because everyone involved here is very mature.
— Sarah Petty (@SupaFlySarah) November 27, 2014
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kid Rock admits that 2012′s Rebel Soul was not a good album, but claims that his new album First Kiss is much better. During his conversation with the publication, Rock said, “I’m fucking old. I’m not going to fit in, I’m fucking fine with that, I don’t fucking understand the Internet or Coachella or any shit. And I just can’t fucking try to pretend like I know. I like good times, cheap wine and back-beat rock & roll.” He also stated, “It’s not going to be considered politically correct. But it says what’s going on,” in reference to the song “Ain’t Enough Whiskey” that touches on “politicians taking [his] guns away.” First Kiss will be available on February 24, 2015, but maybe you could pre-order it for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
Meanwhile across the pond, BBC Radio 6 is holding their #6MusicTShirtDay, which means a lot of white guys with beards and/or glasses walked into work wearing band tees today.
— Dom Green (@diddymousedid) November 28, 2014
— ian mcewan (@mozi78) November 28, 2014
— marilyn audsley (@missaudsley) November 28, 2014