The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. D’Angelo made his first TV appearance in over a decade at last night’s BET Awards. Check out a few minutes from his fantastic performance, which included his beloved hit song “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” as well as a new track called “Sugar Daddy,” here.

2. In other BET Awards-related news, during his set Kanye West debuted an acapella version of new track called “New God Flow” after doing “Mercy” with Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz and “Cold” by himself. Skip to the five minute mark in this video to hear it now.

3. Here are some interesting photos of just a few of the 4,000 people who attended BroNYCon Summer 2012 over the weekend in New Jersey.

4. James Franco has announced that he’s writing a new column for Playboy; the first edition of “Francofile,” which will appear in the magazine’s July/August issue, will feature a Q&A with famed performance artist Marina Abramovic. [via Page Six]

5. As we previously mentioned, Blur will debut two new songs today at 6:15pm and 7:15pm BST via a live video stream performance on Twitter. [via NME]

Bonus Buzz: A Bad, Bad, Lawrence Welk Version of “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”