The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Motown singer Teena Marie, the self-proclaimed “Ivory Queen of Soul” who was best known for her 1984 hit song “Lovergirl,” died on Sunday at the age of 54. [via Sound of the City]

2. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange signed a $1 million deal with Random House for his memoirs to help pay his legal bills and keep Wikileaks afloat. [via Gawker]

3. “After the movie tonight, Crystal & I exchanged gifts. I gave Crystal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas Eve. When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory.” – Hugh Hefner, 84, tweets his engagement to Playboy playmate Crystal Harris, 24

4. The good news: Apple has applied for, and recently been granted, a patent for tech that could produce 3D images without the need for special eyewear. The bad news: That iPad you got for Christmas might soon be obsolete. [via io9]

5. Amazon announced this morning that the latest version of the Kindle has surpassed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as its biggest selling product of all time. [via The Millions]

Bonus link: 13 Overlooked Deaths of 2010