The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Things are definitely looking up for the publishing industry, according to a new survey by BookStats. Among their findings: “… in 2010 publishers generated net revenue of $27.9 billion, a 5.6 percent increase over 2008. Publishers sold 2.57 billion books in all formats in 2010, a 4.1 percent increase since 2008.” [via NYT]

2. A warehouse for PIAS distribution, which handles releases for more than 150 independent record labels including XL Recordings, Beggars, Domino, Wall Of Sound, Warp Defected, Sunday Best, and Big Brother, burned to the ground last night as a result of the rioting in London. [via NME]

3. “You could start this story again eight years from where we left off … The next generation of apes, those that have come from our protagonists, perhaps going in to a conflict with humans and showing real fear, in the same way as going into war for young soldiers in this day and age, telling their story.” – Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt is already talking about making a sequel that he describes asFull Metal Jacket with apes.”

4. Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans has been arrested after violating the terms of her parole; luckily, she gave up custody of her son Jace to her mother back in June. [via THR]

5. “I Don’t Want to Be” singer Gavin DeGraw — who is currently on tour with Train and Maroon 5 — has been hospitalized after he was assaulted and then struck by a taxi earlier this morning in New York. [via The Daily Beast]

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