The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Exciting news: Leonard Cohen has announced that he’s touring North America in November and December to promote Old Ideas, the 77-year-old legend’s first studio album since 2004. The 11 scheduled dates will conclude with two performances in New York City: one at Madison Square Garden, and the other at Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center. [via Pitchfork]

2. Francis Bean Cobain has had control of the publicity rights for her dad Kurt Cobain’s name, likeness and appearance since 2010, and will continue to until her mom Courtney Love repays a whopping $2.75 million loan that she received from her daughter. Any bets on how likely that is? [via The Fix]

3. Alanis Morissette has announced that she will release Havoc And Bright Lights, her first studio album since 2008, this coming August. “This record, as always, is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care about, and what strikes me at 4 in the morning in my most introspective moments,” she says. “It is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song.” [via NME]

4. If they’re really going to reboot The Dukes of Hazard again for the big screen, we suppose that Eastbound and Down co-creator Jody Hill is the guy to do it, right? [via Heat Vision]

5. Reclusive soul singer D’Angelo — who in recent years has generated more headlines for his run-ins with the law than his music — will give his first US performance in 10 years at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. He’s also apparently working on a new album. [via Billboard]

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