The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Rocketjuice and The Moon, Damon Albarn’s recently-launched supergroup with Flea and Tony Allen from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, have posted seven live tracks online, with a debut album planned for release some time next year. [via NME]

2. It looks like Chinese authorities are after Ai Weiwei again, this time serving the artist with a $2.3 million tax notice that he must pay within the next 15 days. [via BBC]

3. It has been announced that Jimmy Kimmel will be the featured entertainer at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on April 28. His response to the news? “I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. I love dinner.” [via EW]

4. Last night at a radio industry lecture, Pete Townshend referred to Apple as a “digital vampire,” and also had some words on illegal downloading: “If someone pretends that something I have created should be available to them free … I wonder what has gone wrong with human morality and social justice.” [via Guardian]

5. Artists Chuck Close and Laddie John Dill and the estate of the sculptor Robert Graham are suing Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and eBay for failing to pay the 5 percent royalties that are owed to them when a work is resold for more than $1,000. [via NYT]

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