The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich has had her two-year sentence suspended by a Moscow court because guards threw her out of the cathedral before she could ready her guitar to perform in the group’s punk protest; the remaining two imprisoned members will continue the appeal process, but are expected to serve out their time in a Russian penal colony. [via BBC]

2. Six tracks from the new Bat for Lashes album are streaming over at the Guardian. “I feel like I’m at the crux of something quite special,” Natasha Khan has said of The Haunted Man. “There’s a feeling in the air which is different to the other two. I feel like I’m reaching something.”

3. With Beyoncé apparently no longer attached to Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star Is Born, word is that Esperanza Spalding is being eyed for the role. [via Vulture]

4. The Rolling Stones plan to release a new single called “Doom And Gloom” tomorrow; the track is one of two new songs featured on the band’s forthcoming greatest hits album GRRR!, which is due out on November 12. [via NME]

5. A movie written by and starring Rebel Wilson? Yes, please! [via THR]

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