The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Last night Jay Levey, a manager for “Weird Al” Yankovic, said that permission had been granted for “Perform This Way” to appear on his new album. Apparently Lady Gaga had no idea that the song even existed. So what do you think: Was this whole thing a carefully orchestrated publicity stunt, or did Gaga fear the impending backlash? [via The Daily What]

2. HBO is developing a new series based on Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad. Egan will be a consultant on the project, but they haven’t found a writer to tackle the tough job of adapting it yet. [via Deadline]

3. Arkansas State University and the residents of Johnny Cash’s hometown of Dyess plan to turn his home into a museum, and they’re throwing a concert to help raise the money to do so. So far Rosanne Cash, John Carter and his wife Laura Cash, Tommy Cash, George Jones, and Kris Kristofferson are all slated to perform at the first annual Johnny Cash Musical Festival on August 4. [via Paste Mag]

4. Chris Brown and M.I.A. are reportedly making “magic” together in the recording studio. [via Perez]

5. Andy Warhol’s last great masterpiece, Self-Portrait, 1986, is going up for auction at Christie’s on May 11 as part of its Post-War and Contemporary Auction. The Pop Red work — one of the largest self-portraits ever attempted by the artist — is expected to fetch anywhere from $30 to $40 million. [via Art Daily]

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