The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr — who most recently appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab in 2009 — has died of unknown causes. He was 44. [via Billboard]

2. Watch the new video for the National’s High Violet track “Conversation 16,” which features cameos from Mad Men star John Slattery and comedian Kristen Schaal. [via P4K]

3. The PS 22 Chorus has an 8-minute long musical message to Bravo’s Andy Cohen — who publicly panned their performance at this year’s Oscars. Evidently they weren’t satisfied with his apology. [via Vulture]

4. Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman are working on a new show called Hobgoblin for HBO that will feature magicians, con men, and Hitler. [via Slashfilm]

5. Crushable is exclusively reporting that a potential Lauryn Hill book project fizzled out several years ago when the star was deemed more trouble than she was worth. Allegedly, the agency wanted Hill to write a memoir chronicling her early career; she was more interested in working on an addendum to the Bible which had appeared to her in a dream.