Top Pop Culture Stories – Febuary 16… Mr. Pop Culture

Jay-Z Not Crazy – Rap superstar Jay-Z turned down the opportunity to join Quincy Jones’’ star-studded remake of “We Are the World” — because he didn’t want to touch the classic. Jay-Z tells MTV.com, “‘We Are the World’ is like ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched. “I’m a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that’s going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts: (Millions have been raised) through text (donations) to Haiti. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but ‘We Are the World’ is (musically) untouchable like ‘Thriller’ is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it’s gonna be untouchable.”

Dear Abbey – Cash-strapped music company EMI Group Ltd. is seeking a buyer for Abbey Road studios, where The Beatles recorded some of their most famous songs, a person familiar with the situation. The person said talks had been going on for several months, but a buyer had not yet been found. The individual spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are private. A spokesman for EMI refused to comment on the sale bid, which could raise tens of millions of dollars for the label.

Idol revving up – It’s an “American Idol” first — some of the Top 24 members will be officially revealed early. According to the FOX, some of the Top 24 semifinalists will be revealed in a special two-hour event airing Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. on FOX. During Tuesday’s episode, the remaining contestants will take the stage to perform their final solo numbers in front of Simon, Ellen, Kara and Randy. Following these performances, the judges will deliberate and will announce some of the Top 24 semifinalists. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m., the judges will reveal the remaining contestants who will round out the Top 24.

Tiger Would? -Tiger Woods allegedly impregnated his porn star mistress twice, both times when his wife was also pregnant, according to an interview with the woman set to air Monday. Joslyn James said her lengthy and steamy affair with Woods always involved unprotected sex. Using protection “was never talked about,” the actress told U.S. television show “Inside Edition.” “It was never protected.” James, 32, who claimed she carried on an affair with Woods from 2006 to 2009, said she miscarried in her first pregnancy at about the same time his wife, Elin Nordegren, gave birth to daughter Sam Alexis on June 18, 2007