The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter passed away yesterday in Manhattan. He was 103 years old. In an obituary, The New York Times writes that his music “could seem harmonically brash and melodically sharp-edged on the first hearing, but it often yielded drama and lyricism on better acquaintance.”

2. Sources say that Harrison Ford is “open to the idea” of playing Han Solo in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars sequel. Does this development make you more or less excited about the movie? [via EW]

3. Britney Spears is writing a novel based on her own life, and no one who bought Snooki’s book is allowed to laugh about it. [via THR]

4. Lil Wayne has lost his lawsuit over The Carter documentary and has been ordered to pay the film’s producers $2,195,000 as a result of a countersuit. [via Pitchfork]

5. Many of this year’s endorsements from the metal community have skewed conservative. But for hard rockers who are waiting until after work to vote and are still undecided, here’s what Lemmy from Motörhead has to say: “Please, please don’t vote for Mitt Romney. Fuck him. Repeal abortion law is the first thing he’ll do.” [via Guardian]

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