The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Last night, Jay-Z hosted an exclusive advance listening session for Watch the Throne, his collaborative album with Kanye West — which we now know includes two songs featuring Odd Future’s Frank Ocean and one (“Life Off”) with guest vocals by Beyoncé. Hova still wouldn’t disclose a release date but promised fans would hear the material “soon.” [via MTV]

2. Emma Watson was so overcome with emotion at last night’s London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part II that she broken down and cried. Watch the very sweet video at Vulture.

3. Britain’s News of the World saga continues: The tabloid’s former royal editor, Clive Goodman, was arrested this morning on corruption charges. This isn’t his first time in jail; Goodman did four months for phone hacking in 2007. [via Telegraph ]

4. Less than a week after we learned that Vinny “The Boring One” Guadagnino had left the Jersey Shore house comes news that Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino may also be on his way out. Is the show coming apart at the seams? We can only hope so! [via TMZ]

5. In more vaguely embarrassing New Jersey news, Mark Lugo of Hoboken has been arrested for stealing the Picasso drawing “Tete de Femme” from a San Francisco gallery. [via AP]

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