The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Jay-Z and Kanye West announced this morning that they’ll be touring beginning in September in support of their upcoming joint album, Watch the Throne. Also: as a performance duo, they’d like to be referred to as “the Throne.” Check out the full list of tour dates — which unfortunately, do not include a stop in NYC — here.

2. Over the weekend MIA tweeted a link to an unfinished demo of a song in honor of Amy Winehouse that she said was dedicated to “all my friends that died at 27.” You can listen to “27” here.

3. Strange but true: Bob Dylan’s grandson, Pablo, is launching a rap career. You can listen to (and pass judgment on) his first single, “Top of the World” — which contains inscrutable lyrics such as “I’m the grandson of a man/ nothing less than legendary / that’s a lot of pressure/ so I Berry Gordy/ I am very Motown, bitch” — here. [via Guardian]

4. Glee co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk says that Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith will remain with the series in Season 4, even after they’ve “graduated.” Maybe someone should tell Ryan Murphy this. [via ArtsBeat]

5. This year’s Eisner Award winners (which is kind of like the Oscars of comics) have been announced. Check them out here. [via Pop Candy]

Bonus link: Portable Music Advice