The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. P.J. Harvey has taken home this year’s Mercury Prize for her album Let England Shake, making her the first singer to ever win the award twice. [via ArtsBeat]

2. News that we’re ashamed to admit makes us excited: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis have just closed deals to take on “substantial” roles in The Expendables 2. [via Deadline]

3. The Flaming Lips are recording “Found a Star on the Ground,” a song that’s a whopping six hours long, to benefit the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, and for $100 a pop, you can have your name included in its epic lyrics. [via Pitchfork]

4. Yesterday Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was fired over the phone, and now “people familiar with the matter” are saying that the company is “open to selling itself to the right bidder” — which many think could be Microsoft. [via Techland]

5. An intruder broke into Celine Dion’s Quebec mansion on Monday afternoon, and then proceeded to make himself a pastry snack and draw a nice, warm bath. [via E!]

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