The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. After battling cancer for well over a year, Gang Starr rapper Guru passed away yesterday at the age of 43. [via MTV] 2. AMC has confirmed that the new season of Mad Men will start on July 25. No word on what year it’s set in. [via ArtsBeat] 3. Listen to a previously unreleased Rolling Stones song “Plundered My Soul.” It’s part of a remastered, deluxe reissue and box set of Exile on Main Street that drops next month. [via 24Bit] 4. Smart move guys: Comedy Central has signed Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to new contracts that will take them through the 2012 election. [via NYT] 5. The shortlist of six authors for this year’s Orange Prize — an annual UK competition specifically for fiction written by women — has been announced. We’re rooting for Lorrie Moore. [via Guardian]