The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. The Washington Monument — along with the 100-foot radius around it — has been shut down indefinitely after yesterday’s earthquake caused structural damage “at the very, very top” of the structure. [via Gizmodo]

2. A soul singer named Syl Johnson is planning to take legal action against Kanye West and Jay-Z for using a sample of one of his songs in their track “The Joy” without his permission or proper crediting — not to mention compensation. [via Vulture]

3. Beginning on September 6, TeenNick is replacing reruns of Clarissa Explains It All and Doug with old episodes of Hey Arnold! and Rocko’s Modern Life on Tuesday and Thursday nights, based on popular demand on social media sites. [via EW]

4. The lovely little bookstore that Hugh Grant’s character owned in Notting Hill will be forced to close its doors in the next few weeks unless someone as rich as the real Hugh Grant steps in to help save it. [via Jacket Copy]

5. The CMJ Music Marathon — which will take place in New York City from October 18 through 22 — has announced its initial lineup, with Portugal. The Man, CSS, Neon Indian, Wild Flag, and Talib Kweli all set to play the event. [via Pop Candy]

Bonus Buzz: 20 Stunning Photos Of The Damage Caused By The East Coast Earthquake