The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Sony and Michael Jackson‘s estate have set a music-industry record with a $250 million deal that covers 10 albums. The material will involve a mix of previously unreleased songs and new packages of old ones. [via WSJ] 2. Paula Abdul is finalizing a deal to host/judge an updated version of Star Search for ABC. This is interesting, because back in 2003 CBS tried to revive the same show with Arsenio Hall as its host. [via EW] 3. Did you realize that both women and big worriers are more likely to get songs stuck in their heads? [via NYT] 4. Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne made a brief appearance on Sunday night’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. (video) [via Pitchfork] 5. A new study by Austrian neurologists reveals the special painting technique behind the Mona Lisa’s ever-changing smile. [via Telegraph]

Bonus link: Hear the Lil Wayne and The Office Mash-Up Song